On Tuesday, Atlantic Coast Conference officials announced the rotating crossover football schedule for each team throughout the year 2024. With expansion on the horizon–literally–for the conference, with the additions of the Pittsburgh Panthers and Syracuse Orange this season as well as the Louisville Cardinals in 2014, the process was a little different than usual, nonetheless the schedule has been completed. Also with the expansion, the scheduling has switched to a 6-1-1 format.
First, here are the complete details of how the slate was constructed, as stated by the Greensboro News & Record:
- 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.
You can view entire schedule for each team on the ACC’s official website.
Maybe it’s the addition of Louisville, but looking at the scheduling graphic, you get a feeling that something bright is in the future of the traditionally basketball-heavy conference as it pertains to the gridiron. Fresh, new pairings on the field for the next 10 years could bring some positive attention to the group.
Now as many expected, there were some rivalries that will be kept intact on a regular basis. Games such as Florida State–Miami, North Carolina–NC State, and Wake Forest–Duke, will still be regular attractions on the rotation.
However, there are also some notable omissions that have some a bit disappointed.
Beginning with their meeting in the 2000 Sugar Bowl for the BCS National Championship, and heating up even more with the Virginia Tech Hokies’ inclusion into the ACC in 2005, Florida State-Virginia Tech has become somewhat of a growing rivalry in recent years. Just last season, the Seminoles and Hokies played a down-to-the-wire classic in Blacksburg, with the ‘Noles coming out on top with seconds on the clock. Well, the Blacksburg faithful better have enjoyed that, because Florida State won’t be heading back to that part of Virginia until the final year of the rotation in 2024. Their next contest in Tallahassee isn’t until 2018.
The second omission that I’ve seen many disagree with, and I am on this side of the fence as well, is the permanent crossover opponent of the conference’s newest member, the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville was dealt the Virginia Cavaliers through 2024, although it would make much more sense if that were the other ACC team from the state, the above-mentioned Hokies. A potential ten-year rivalry building up between the upstart Cards and Frank Beamer’s consistently tough VT squad would have been fun to watch for the next few years to come.
With those aside though, the next decade for ACC football certainly is a little easier on the eyes than it used to be.