SEC goes to conference-only schedule, starting September 26

SEC goes to conference-only schedule, starting September 26

The Big Ten and Pac-12 announced their intentions to play only conference games earlier this month, but the Atlantic Coast Conference this week announced a reworked 11-game schedule that left room for one non-conference game. A report by Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, however, said the SEC athletic directors have discussed a 10-game conference schedule that would not include out-of-conference games.

Each ACC program will be in control of scheduling their one non-conference game.

United Kingdom and Louisville have played a football game against one another every year since 1994.

With the coronavirus pandemic worsening in the United States, the ACC and the other Power 5 conferences have scrambled to adjust schedules for the 2020 campaign.

The good news for Wolfpack fans is that path to a higher winning percentage will be a lot easier without Clemson and Notre Dame on the schedule. Other conferences are thought to be eyeing 10-game schedules.

Division games: Rutgers is scheduled to host East opponents Indiana, Michigan and Penn State this fall and travel to Maryland, Michigan State and Ohio State. North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 12.

Notre Dame will not play the Hurricanes in 2020.

Last week, the 10-plus-1 schedule emerged as the preferred model, with Notre Dame counting as an ACC member for this season only, allowing for more scheduling uniformity and the ability to keep one nonconference game on the schedule. The season will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates.

"The Board's decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition".

Obviously, there has to be a season for any of this to matter - or a season that makes it to late November when these rivalry games are normally played.

ESPN's Heather Dinich reported Wednesday evening that Notre Dame was still evaluating its nonconference opponents, Navy and Arkansas and would make an announcement "in the near future".

Starting as early as September 7, Miami's home slate will include Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia.

Notre Dame had already lost three games against Big Ten and Pac-12 opponents when those conferences chose to play only league games. The conference said it's to be determined if the event is rescheduled. South Carolina (Sept. 26), at Auburn (Oct. 3), vs. Vanderbilt (Oct. 17), at Missouri (Oct. 24), at Tennessee (Nov. 7), vs. Mississippi State (Nov. 14) and vs. Georgia (Nov. 21). The school's games broadcast on NBC under their national broadcast deal will be included in the conference's agreement that all 15 schools will split media revenues.

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