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.
|Date||FCS Team||Home Team|
|9/3||Northern Arizona||Arizona State|
|9/5||William & Mary||Stanford|
|9/5||North Dakota State||Oregon|
|9/19||Portland State||Oregon State|
|9/19||James Madison||North Carolina|
|9/26||North Alabama||Virginia Tech|
|9/26||Delaware||North Carolina State|
|10/31||Holy Cross||Boston College|
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.