ACC announces details for 3-5-5 scheduling model
The ACC is adopting a new scheduling model starting in 2023, wherein each team will have 3 permanent rivals and will also play the other 10 schools in football both home and away every 4 years.
Then, at the end of the year, the now-divisionless ACC will have the top 2 teams in the league meet up on the first Saturday in December for the conference championship.
Below, you can see the “primary opponents” each of the 14 ACC football schools will play every year from 2023 to 2026:
In 2023, the ACC will adopt a 3-5-5 football scheduling model and all 14 schools will compete in one division.
Teams will play 3 primary opponents annually + face the other 10 teams twice during the 4-year cycle, once at home and once on the road.
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) June 28, 2022
“The future ACC football scheduling model provides significant enhancements for our schools and conference, with the most important being our student-athletes having the opportunity to play every school both home and away over a four-year period,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said in a press release. “We appreciate the thoughtful discussions within our membership, including the head football coaches and athletic directors. In the end, it was clear this model is in the best interest of our student-athletes, programs and fans, at this time.”
Is this a model the SEC will look into? With the addition of Texas and Oklahoma coming in the next few years, the SEC is also looking into alternative scheduling models. We’ll see what happens in the coming seasons.