ACC, Pac-12 Reportedly Moving to Conference Only Schedules

Editor’s note: The Pac-12 officially announced it would move to a conference only schedule on Friday, July 10.

Following in the footsteps of the Big 10, the ACC and Pac-12 Conference are also reportedly moving to conference only schedules.

Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reported both the Big Ten and Pac-12 news but also cautioned that the ACC move is “premature”. However, both Brett McMurphy of Stadium and Bruce Feldman of Fox Sports both reported the ACC will move to a conference only schedule.

The Big Ten announced earlier on Thursday its intention to play a 10 game conference only schedule. No details have yet been provided on the length of the ACC or Pac-12 schedules given the lack of an official announcement from the conferences.

The move by the ACC and Pac-12 cancels 21 games versus FCS opposition. All 21 games are listed below and includes the highly anticipated matchup featuring North Dakota State and Oregon.

Update 8/6/2020: The ACC went to a 10 + 1 scheduling format consisting of 10 conference games and 1 non-conference game. Only two FCS versus ACC games survived: Samford at Florida State and VMI at Virginia, both on September 12. Originally, 23 games involving FCS teams were canceled by the ACC and Pac-12 but now it is only 21 with the latest news.

DateFCS TeamHome Team
9/3Northern ArizonaArizona State
9/5Portland StateArizona
9/5William & MaryStanford
9/5North Dakota StateOregon
9/12ElonDuke
9/12SamfordFlorida State
9/12Garnder-WebbGeorgia Tech
9/12WagnerMiami (FL)
9/12VMIVirginia
9/12Montana StateUtah
9/12Cal PolyCalifornia
9/12Sacramento StateWashington
9/19Portland StateOregon State
9/19IdahoWashington State
9/19Murray StateLouisville
9/19James MadisonNorth Carolina
9/19RichmondPittsburgh
9/19ColgateSyracuse
9/19VillanovaWake Forest
9/26North AlabamaVirginia Tech
9/26DelawareNorth Carolina State
10/31Holy CrossBoston College
11/14The CitadelClemson

The FCS schools rely heavily upon contract games to fund their athletic department. How the loss of revenue for the 2020 season (if not contractually guaranteed in the event of a pandemic) remains to be seen though it will undoubtedly present a tough road ahead for some FCS members.

A total of 106 games featuring FCS teams have been impacted by the ongoing pandemic. 101 of the 106 games impacted have been cancellations.

Photo courtesy of North Dakota State University Athletics.

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