After a couple of weeks of speculation, the ACC has decided that the easiest way to fix its scheduling problem is drop the proposed move to a nine-game football schedule. With Notre Dame playing five ACC teams a year, a nine game conference schedule would have forced the teams playing Notre Dame to have to make difficult decisions regarding any potential out of conference series games. With only an eight game schedule, ACC schools will retain flexibility. However, with Syracuse and Pitt joining the conference, schools will be even more cut off from teams in the other division.
Three of the ACC's most visible programs, Florida State, Clemson and Georgia Tech, all have a yearly series against an in state rival in the SEC. In years where those teams have Notre Dame, they will effectively have to juggle a planned 10 game schedule. Unsurprisingly, these three schools were the leading voices in opposition to a nine game schedule when it was first proposed.
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