The Atlantic Coast Conference has unveiled a new twelve year schedule for ACC Football. The new rotating crossover schedule begins this fall and will give each team one opponent from the other ACC division and one rotating opponent from the other division each year.
After adding Pittsburgh and Syracuse, each ACC team will now play all six of the division opponents each year, one primary crossover opponent from the other division (which should be the school’s rival), and one rotating opponent from the other division. The primary crossover opponent will not change, however the rotating opponent will change.
The North Carolina Tar Heels will play in-state rivals, the North Carolina State Wolfpack, each season rotating between home and away. Starting in 2014 they will rotate playing against the Atlantic Division’s Clemson Tigers, Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Florida State Seminoles, Syracuse Orange, Louisville Cardinals, and Boston College Eagles.
The criteria used to develop the schedule includes the following (from official release):
- Each ACC school will play eight conference games annually, four at home and four on the road.
- Each ACC school will play three home divisional games and three on the road.
- Each ACC school will play one home cross divisional game and one road cross divisional game. When schools will play their permanent crossover opponent at home, they will play their rotating crossover opponent on the road and vice versa.
- Within each division, all teams will either play all of their primary crossover games at home or away in a given year with all of the rotating crossover opponents all played at home or away.
- Each ACC school will play all of their rotating crossover opponents twice during the 12-year rotation, once at home and once on the road, but not consecutively.
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