ACC Keeps 8-Game Conference Schedule

Like the SEC recently (here), the ACC has chosen to remain at eight league games, with the caveat that beginning in 2017, all teams must play at least one non-league game against a Power 5 conference opponent.


The Atlantic Coast Conference will remain at eight league games, commissioner John Swofford said Monday from the ACC’s spring meetings.

The league’s athletic directors voted to remain at eight conference games, but teams must play at least one nonconference game against a team from a power five conference starting in 2017.

The ACC already has a scheduling agreement where five league teams will play Notre Dame annually. Those games would count toward teams’ nonconference power five commitment.

Swofford said schools could continue to schedule Football Championship Subdivision opponents. He added that it hadn’t been determined if independents BYU and Army (Navy joins the Big East in 2015) would count toward the nonconference power five commitment.

There had been growing momentum in recent months toward moving to nine conference games, as athletic directors began to rethink their options with the upcoming College Football Playoff as well as imbalanced division crossover slates. The vote ended 8-6 in favor of staying at eight games. All the league needs is a simple majority to make its decisions.

So, here are a few comments/questions:

*Did this model essentially kill any possible ACC/SEC scheduling alliance where the ACC would remain at eight league games plus one SEC opponent each season (more background here)? At the very least, we would’ve gotten a home game against an Arkansas or Ole Miss every other year.

*Keep in mind, State’s schedule would meet this criteria for the 2014 season (at South Florida), but not yet for 2015. In 2016, Notre Dame would count towards this requirement.

*Programs like Memphis are the ones who truly benefit from this, simply because they’ll have more leverage to force a home-and-home from an ACC team.

*It shows how committed — desperate, perhaps — ADs are to create wins by keeping more control of the schedule with four non-conference games. It also reinforces the trend we’ve seen over the past two decades: proliferating TV contracts are great for college football fans watching at home, but not so much for season ticket (and more so LTR) owners at mid-tier programs (like State).

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    Like the SEC recently (here), the ACC has chosen to remain at eight league games, with the caveat that beginning in 2017, all teams must play at least
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    I disagree somewhat on the ADs who should be committed. I don’t think they want the small school games becuase they are easy wins. They want the small school games because they will not in the end play a game away. Even if they sign the contract which requires a return home game at the other team’s place they will buy them out. They want the home games for the extra revenue they bring in. Bottom line is that ADs are really paid to worry about dollars not wins. Wins only matter to the extent that they influence dollars.



    The comishes may indeed want the extra home games for the $$, but they had better be aware that many season-ticket fans are fed up with the cupcake games, plus many like me are angry about seeing longtime rivalries (like Duke, UVA and GT) cut back to about one home game every decade. The less conference games we’re allowed to play, the less often we’ll get to see the likes of VT, Miami and Pitt at C-F.

    I predicted on this site a few weeks ago that the ACC football schedule would NOT be expanded to 9 games because it’s what the FANS want. TO HELL WITH THE FANS is the clear message coming out of the spring meetings.

    NCSU has proven over and again that they no longer have control of their own schedule, the proof being the loss of home-and-away games with Tennessee and LSU. To blame for much of this is our failure to establish ourselves not only nationally but even regionally. The Atlantic Division also has much to do with this. Playing in the Coastal certainly didn’t hurt
    Duke, did it?

    If any of the Wolfpack brass are reading this, they can be assured that my next football season will be my last LTR football purchase. I’ve flat had it with buying a season-ticket package that will feature only 4 conference home games every season, dictated by a mandate that we continue playing Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest EVERY year. What was the point of bringing Miami and Virginia Tech into the league in the first place when the States and the Wakes will never be able to play them enough to establish a good rivalry? VT and State is a rivalry waiting to happen, but decisions like limiting the ACC slate to only 8 games a season will never allow it.

    Enough is enough. I’ve had it.



    but they had better be aware that many season-ticket fans are fed up with the cupcake games

    They are aware of ticket sales. Beyond that, I wouldn’t hazard a guess at what they might be aware of or care about.



    Most businesses are consumer driven. Here is something sports season ticket holders are failing to realize: You are quickly becoming the minority consumer with TV viewers becoming the majority consumer. The administration is going to cater to TV viewers (and networks) before you. It is just the evolution of athletics.



    Welcome to the club, 13OT. Once I made that decision, I never once regretted it.

    The 8-game schedule and the cupcake parade are also terrible for the TV viewer. It’s going to take a backlash from the TV networks to shake this up. As I’ve long advocated, a super conference regime with a 16-team playoff AND centralized scheduling would be a TV gold mine. The money would be so huge that going to 6 home games (at least some years) would be a drop in the bucket, revenue-wise.



    Note that the ACC is also challenging the two division requirement, which would provide for more flexible in-conference scheduling (such as multiple protected rivalries and re-balancing schedules each season similar to what the NFL does).

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