The ACC’s 2014 football schedule will include several end-of-year matchups that could mushroom into permanent rivalries across the league.
Pitt at Miami, Syracuse at Boston College, Wake Forest at Duke and N.C. State at UNC will be played Thanksgiving week, according to a source with knowledge of the league’s schedule, which will be released Wednesday.
The other six ACC teams will play in their already-established rivalries that week: FSU-Florida, Kentucky-Louisville, Virginia-Virginia Tech, Clemson-South Carolina and Georgia-Georgia Tech.
The league had discussed potential permanent rivals for Thanksgiving week, and this lineup for 2014 and possibly 2015 can be considered a test run for that process.
Two ACC athletic directors caution there’s not a clean way to configure ACC rivals with Notre Dame’s five-game allegiance to the league, an adopted 6-1-1 format (six divisional games, one primary crossover, one rotating partner) and the ACC’s proposal for autonomy in determining a conference champion.