The ACC announced on Wednesday that the conference will be moving to a 10 game conference schedule, plus one non-conference matchup, for the 2020 season.
According to the announcement, the non-conference matchup “must take place in the home state of the ACC institution, and all nonconference opponents must have met the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC during the coronavirus pandemic” (via ESPN).
This setup allows the four traditional ACC/SEC rivalries to remain intact (pending the SEC’s scheduling decision).
With that in mind, how should the SEC react to the ACC’s decision?
A to Z Sports’ co-founder Austin Stanley actually has a perfect solution.
With the Big 12 only having 10 teams, the SEC’s remaining 10 teams (the ones without ACC rivalry games) should play the 10 Big 12 programs. It’s a perfect setup.
Big 12 only has 10 teams… However, that allows the 4 SEC teams with ACC rivals to keep those games & then have the 10 other SEC teams find a Big 12 opponent. – @AustinStanley81
— AtoZSports Nashville (@AtoZSports) July 30, 2020
The Tennessee Vols and Oklahoma Sooners are already scheduled to play, which makes this type of setup make even more sense.
The Big 12 still hasn’t made a final decision on their schedule, but they’d like to get in as many games as possible according to a recent report.
One thing that could throw a major wrench in this perfect plan is the SEC’s eventual decision. Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger reported this week that the conference is “moving closer” to a 10 game conference only schedule. With the ACC revealing their plans this week to play one non-conference game, it would be a massive miss by the SEC to not follow suit.
The SEC has the playbook in hand to make the right decision. Hopefully, they see the light so fans get as many entertaining games as possible (safely, of course).
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