ACC/SEC Considering 8+1 Scheduling

SFN recently asked Debbie Yow about the current non-conference scheduling policy (click here for a refresher). She commented that the ACC is discussing “alternate scheduling models,” which could have been a reference to the once-planned nine-game league schedule that was scrapped once Notre Dame became a partial member (more info about this recently in the AJC here).

Today, ESPN reported — in its usual “sources say” fashion — that the ACC and SEC are discussing a scheduling alliance where the ACC would play eight league games plus one SEC team each season (ESPN):

In addition to considering a nine-game conference schedule, ACC officials have also broached the idea of a model in which conference teams would play eight league games and one SEC opponent every season, according to several sources from both conferences.

Four schools in the ACC — Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and incoming member Louisville — already have built-in SEC rival games during the final week of the regular season.

An SEC source told that the ACC’s idea of an “8+1 model” was merely a concept that had been discussed only once and was a long way from being a reality. It was so premature, he said, that most athletic directors in the SEC hadn’t even been briefed on it.

SEC commissioner Mike Slive told through a spokesman that his conference wants to create a scheduling format to take effect in 2016, but no details have been finalized.

“Achieving that objective involves exploring as many options as possible, which we are currently doing,” Slive said. “Anything more is pure speculation.”

The SEC source said he did not see a scenario to which all 14 SEC schools would agree, but there may be one in which the SEC could match some teams against the ACC, particularly if those SEC teams were having trouble finding suitable BCS nonconference opponents.

It is unlikely that the SEC would make all its teams play the ACC on the final week of the season, when Auburn-Alabama already headlines the show. Also, two SEC sources said the conference was also considering more regular matchups with Big 12 teams.

The ACC and SEC will be the last conferences among the power five that do not play nine-game league schedules. The Big Ten will go to nine conference games in 2016.

On Tuesday, ACC commissioner John Swofford told that there “is considerable support” for a nine-game schedule, but ACC coaches had a teleconference Thursday and one described their sentiments as “very undecided” and “wide open.”

The league’s athletic directors will have the final vote, and they will also consider the ACC’s new five-game annual partnership with Notre Dame.

“That’s an important decision we’ll need to make in the near future,” Swofford said. “… Several factors come into play there. One is the college football playoffs; what serves us best in terms of giving our teams the best opportunity to be in the playoff; and what gives us the most opportunities going forward television-wise, and how does that fold into any discussions about a potential channel. Those are discussions that will continue.”

Quacko votes State @ Arkansas in 2016, where he will host the pig- and Woodford Reserve-filled tailgate in Fayetteville — unless they play in Little Rock instead.

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    ACC vs SEC? LOL.

    BC vs ‘Bama? LOL again!

    How about ACC vs SOCON? That would give the ACC a much better chance, especially since App State and Ga Southern have moved to Sun Belt Conf.


    Great idea and hope it happens. Would love to see us paired with Tennessee. A&M would be great as well. That would certainly put fannies in the stands.


    State in Oxford is a game you want to go to. Trust me.


    Before everybody goes ga-ga over the latest greatest thing….

    fwiw….This… excerpted from The History of the Southern Conference….

    On Feb. 25, 1921, representatives from 14 of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s (SIAA) 30 members met at Atlanta’s Piedmont Hotel to establish the Southern Intercollegiate Conference. On hand at the inaugural meeting were officials from Alabama, Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn), Clemson, Georgia, Georgia School of Technology (Georgia Tech), Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi A&M (Mississippi State), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech) and Washington & Lee.

    Play began in the fall of 1921, and a year later, six more schools joined the fledgling league, including Tulane (which had attended the inaugural meeting but had elected not to join), Florida, Louisiana (LSU), Mississippi, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. VMI joined in 1925 and Duke was added in 1929.

    New news is old news….. what goes around …. well… goes around again, and again, and again….

    So let’s do it….Why not?

    Since we don’t have a standing SEC date… the battle of the land-grant schools seems the obvious place to start… State v. Auburn, State v. TAMU would be a good start…. I think

    #NCSU-North Carolina's #1 FOOTBALL school!

    This could work. There will be a few matchups that don’t go together, but some good games could arise. Land grant schools unite!

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