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Wednesday December 2nd

ACC announces schedule for fall sports

Players celebrate sophomore defensive back Trey Morrison's (4) interception during a game against NC State University on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.
Buy Photos Players celebrate sophomore defensive back Trey Morrison's (4) interception during a game against NC State University on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Wednesday afternoon that all seven fall sports will begin competition the week of Sept. 7.

The sponsored ACC fall sports are football, field hockey, men's soccer, women's soccer, volleyball and cross country.

ACC football 

The college football schedule will move to a "10 plus one" model: 10 conference games and one non-conference game. The non-conference game must be played in the home state of the ACC team, and the opponent must meet medical protocol requirements agreed upon by the ACC. 

The ACC has also included Notre Dame, whose football team does not belong to a conference. Notre Dame will play a 10 game ACC conference schedule.

The league announced that all television revenue for the 2020 college football season will be split evenly among the 15 institutions taking part, including the Notre Dame home games that are broadcast on NBC. 

While the ACC said the week-by-week schedule for all the teams will be released in the future, although the teams' opponents were announced and each team will play its 11 games over the course of 13 weeks, with each team having two open dates. 

Here's UNC's schedule:

  • At home: NC State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest
  • Away: Boston College, Duke, Florida State, Miami and Virginia

There will only be one division for the entire league, instead of the Atlantic and Coastal divisions the league normally plays with. The ACC Championship Football Game will be played between the two teams who finish with the highest conference winning percentage rather the winners of the two divisions as in previous years. 

Olympic sports

Olympic sports competitions can start on Sept. 10, and each team sport will play a conference schedule that includes the NCAA minimum amount of games: six games for field hockey, men's soccer and women's soccer, and 10 games for volleyball. Cross country meets will be scheduled at each schools' discretion, and any additional conference or non-conference games for team sports will also be scheduled at the schools' discretion as long as their opponent meets ACC medical requirements. However, any additional games with conference opponents beyond the mandated number will not count in ACC standings. 

The schedule for the fall championships will be as follows: 

  • The ACC Football Championship Game will be on either Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. 
  • The cross country championship will be held at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary on Oct. 30 with all 15 schools participating. 
  • The field hockey championship will be held at Duke University on Nov. 5, 6 and 8. 
  • The women's soccer championship will include the top four teams in the conference and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park on Nov. 6 and 8. 
  • The men's soccer championship will include the top four teams in the conference and be held at WakeMed Soccer Park on Nov. 13 and 15. 

Competitions for swimming and diving, indoor track and field and fencing have all been postponed until Sept. 10. Fall competitions for spring sports have all been canceled. Teams may continue to practice at their institution's discretion, and athletes in golf and tennis may compete in events unattached to their schools. 

@bg_keyes

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