The Atlantic Coast Conference has issued its scheduling decisions. In a disappointment to the Confidential, the ACC has eschewed the potential for a logical North-South split in football. Instead, Syracuse will be placed in the Atlantic and Pittsburgh will be placed in the Coastal.
This means the following divisions will apply to football:
- Florida State
- Wake Forest
- NC State
- Boston College
- Virginia Tech
- Georgia Tech
- North Carolina
The league further announced as follows: “When Pitt and Syracuse join the ACC, the league will play a nine-game conference schedule. The format will consist of each team playing all six in its division each year, plus its primary crossover partner each year and two rotating opponents from the opposite division. This six-year cycle allows each team to play each divisional opponent and its primary crossover partner six times (three home and three away) while also playing each rotating crossover opponent two times (one home and one away).”
For basketball, the ACC will stick with one large division and move to an 18-game schedule:
When Pitt and Syracuse join, each school will have one primary partner (Boston College and Syracuse; Clemson and Georgia Tech; Duke and North Carolina; Florida State and Miami; Maryland and Pitt; NC State and Wake Forest; Virginia and Virginia Tech).
The scheduling model will be based on a three-year cycle during which teams will play every league opponent at least once with the primary partners playing home and away annually while the other 12 rotate in groups of four: one year both home and away; one year at home only; and one year away only. Over the course of the three-year cycle primary partners play a total of six times and all other conference opponents play four times.
The basketball plan certainly makes sense.