The ACC sets its 2020 conference season schedule

The ACC sets its 2020 conference season schedule
File – North Carolina State’s Drake Thomas (32) sacks Louisville quarterback Micale Cunningham (3) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker/FILE)

DAN MATHEWS
680 THE FAN, ATLANTA – The ACC has made up their mind for the 2020 season schedule.

The ACC’s Board of Directors have determined that they’ll play a 10 conference + one non-conference game schedule in 2020. 

The games can begin the week of September 7. The league will play as one whole division, with Notre Dame considered part of the conference. They will play these 11 games over a 13 week period. Programs will have two open dates available to them. 

The ACC Championship Game will be held on December 12 or 19 in Charlotte. It’ll be between two teams who have the best winning percentage in ACC play. 

All television revenue (including from Notre Dame’s home games televised by NBC) will be split amongst the 15 schools. This also keeps the opportunity for Georgia and Georgia Tech to play each other this season. 

The week-by-week schedule and television selections will be released in the future. The winner of the conference title game in Charlotte will be eligible to play in the Orange Bowl, if they do not make the College Football Playoff. 

All non-conference game must be played in the home state of the ACC institution. Also, all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC.

That means that Georgia’s season opening game with Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game has been eliminated. Same goes for North Carolina against Auburn, scheduled for Saturday September 12 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. 

This does mean, that Georgia can still keep their non-conference rivalry game with Georgia Tech. Same goes for Florida-Florida State and Clemson-South Carolina.

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