How the SEC should react to the ACC's new schedule

College football season in question after conferences go their own way

ACC reveals revamped 11-game football schedule; Pitt adds trip to Clemson

Among the Power 5 conferences, the Big Ten, PAC-12 and ACC have revealed altered football schedules, but the SEC and Big 12 have not yet done so.

Notre Dame, which belongs to the ACC in every sport except football, will be included as an ACC team for this season and will be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game (Dec. 12 or 19th).

Gary Stokan, the CEO of the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, in a statement said: "We certainly understand the ACC is doing what they feel is in the best interest of the conference and the health of their teams, staff and student athletes, and as our partners, we support them in that decision".

A 10-game schedule will be UK's lightest since 1944, when it played nine games following a 1943 season in which it did not field a team due to World War II.

Now, a ruling against holding championships in the fall would not directly affect the Football Bowl Subdivision: Conferences could still decide to play games, and the College Football Playoff and bowl system are not operated by the NCAA, but it would make it incredibly hard optically.

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The ACC has also moved the start date for fall Olympic sports - cross country, field hockey, women's soccer, men's soccer and volleyball - to September 10.

The ACC will release the full schedule at a later date, but it is believed the additional league games will be scheduled on a regional basis to limit long-distance travel. They had six this season: Clemson, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Louisville and Pitt.

The marquee road game on the schedule is a trip to No. 22 North Carolina - an up-and-coming program under second-year coach Mack Brown.

"Today's decision provides a path forward, if safe and responsible circumstances permit, for Fall sport to occur", Corrigan said on Wednesday afternoon.

This season, Swinney shouldn't have to make the same ol' spiel.

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Or, according to Forde: "By announcing a desire to play one non-conference game but not identifying the opponent beyond saying it had to be played in their home state, the ACC basically threw 100 gallons of paint around the corner and made the SEC stand in it".

"We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future". It will be easier for Big 12 teams to re-schedule conference games over the course of the fall than it will be for them to move around non-conference games.

Notre Dame's non-ACC home schedule was supposed to feature games against Arkansas, Western Michigan and Stanford as well as a Shamrock Series game against Wisconsin.

Georgia would be expected to add Arkansas and Mississippi State to its schedule. The conference said it's to be determined if the event is rescheduled.

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