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ACC will play 11 games, including 1 nonconference game

Could Kentucky vs. Louisville still happen this year?

Jason Marcum - Sea of Blue


So much for that.

The ACC has revealed its plans for the 2020 college football season, if there is one.

On Wednesday, the league announced details for fall sports, which include the following in regards to football:

  • The season’s first games will take place the week of Sept. 7-12
  • The 2020 scheduling model includes 11 games (10 plus one: 10 conference and one non-conference)
  • All non-conference game opponents, selected by the respective school, must be played in the home state of the ACC institution, and all non-conference opponents must meet the medical protocol requirements as agreed upon by the ACC
  • The 11 games will be played over at least 13 weeks with each team having two open dates
  • There will be one division
  • Notre Dame will also play a 10-game conference schedule and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game
  • All television revenue for the 2020 season, including Notre Dame’s home games broadcast by NBC, will be shared equally by all 15 institutions
  • The ACC Football Championship Game will be played on either December 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, and will feature the top two teams based upon highest conference-game winning percentage
  • All 15 teams will continue to be part of the ACC’s bowl selection process; should Notre Dame win the ACC Football Championship Game they would be eligible for the Orange Bowl, if not selected as a College Football Playoff semifinal team
  • The 2020 ACC Football week-by-week schedule and television selections will be released in the future

So, does this mean the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals could still square off on the gridiron?

It certainly appears so if Louisville wants Kentucky to be its one nonconference opponent. However, there’s obviously a lot of moving pieces, and the SEC has yet to decide on how it will conduct football this year amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Both in-state rivals have made it clear they want to face off this fall, so here’s to hoping they get their wish.