Protecting Playoff teams? ACC makes scheduling move affecting championship game
In an ever-changing season, the ACC has released a new schedule for its regular season and will end the regular season this week for Clemson and Notre Dame.
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The conference on Tuesday announced several schedule adjustments including an update to the Medical Advisory Report. Based on current standings and results to date, Notre Dame holds all tiebreakers and has clinched a spot in the ACC Football Championship Game.
According to the league, following a recommendation from the conference Athletic Director football subcommittee, the league’s athletic directors have voted to preserve the integrity of the ACC Football Championship Game by evaluating each of the three teams in contention (Clemson, Miami and Notre Dame) based on a nine-game conference schedule.
Therefore, Clemson and Notre Dame will conclude the regular season this weekend.
The ACC championship is set for 4 p.m. on Dec. 19.
Should a game involving Clemson, Miami or Notre Dame not be played this weekend, the ACC has the option to reschedule games on Dec. 12 as needed.
As was previously announced, the ACC scheduling model includes 11 games (10 conference plus one non-conference), played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates. Through games of Nov. 28, the ACC has played 74 of its 85 scheduled games (87.1 percent).
The ACC is basically locking up two CFP bids: pic.twitter.com/U0zYlkFx66
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) December 1, 2020