LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The Atlantic Coast Conference has eliminated divisional play in football beginning in the 2023 season, the league announced Tuesday. It will adopt a schedule that assigns three main opponents to each school, with each program playing the rest of the league’s 10 times twice, once home and once away, over a 4-year period.
The top two teams in the league would then play in the ACC Championship Game.
The ACC has operated under the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions since its football expansion in 2004, although it cut divisions due to COVID during the 2020 season.
Louisville’s top three opponents will be Georgia Tech, Miami and Virginia.
In 2023, Louisville is set to play Boston College, Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech at home, with road games at Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina State and Pitt.
In 2024, the Cardinals have Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Syracuse at home, with Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest on the road.
ACC home games in 2025 are Florida State, NC State, Pitt and Virginia, with road games at Boston College, Duke, Georgia Tech and Miami.
And in 2026, the final year of the rotation, Louisville hosts Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest, while visiting Florida State, North Carolina, Syracuse and Virginia.
In 2023, the ACC will adopt a 3-5-5 football schedule model and all 14 schools will compete in a single division. Teams will play 3 main opponents per year + play the other 10 teams twice during the 4 year cycle, once at home and once on the road.📰: https://t.co/7cvsuH48j3 pic.twitter.com/ne5TjwtfYd
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) June 28, 2022
The move away from the divisions was discussed at length and finally took place this spring after input from ACC executives, coaches and athletic directors. It maintains an 8-game conference schedule, hoping to preserve some key non-conference rivalry games.
“The future ACC football programming model brings significant improvements to our schools and our conference, the most significant being that our student-athletes have the opportunity to play at all schools home and away on four years,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said. a statement issued by the conference. “We appreciate thoughtful discussions among our members, including head football coaches and sporting directors. Ultimately, it was clear that this model is in the best interest of our student-athletes, programs, and fans, at this time.
The upcoming season will be the last in the divisional format for the ACC. Louisville will open its 2022 season at Syracuse with a game at 8 p.m. on Sept. 3, before visiting Central Florida on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7:30 p.m. The Cardinals’ home opener is Friday, Sept. 16. September, when visiting Florida State at 7 p.m.
It’s a crucial first streak for a team coming off a 6-7 season that culminated in a 3-point loss to the Air Force in the First Responder Bowl, one of four games the Cardinals lost last season by a score or less.
“It’s a very tough start, especially on the road in hard-to-win places,” Louisville coach Satterfield said of the team’s 2022 schedule. “Syracuse – I’ve never been there – I heard it was really tough to win in the (Carrier) Dome. It’s loud, it’s hot, all those things. Syracuse has one of the most experienced teams coming back this year in the country, not just in the ACC. And then Central Florida on the road, I mean, they’re 30-2 at home the last five years. so it’s very difficult to get a win there. And it’s a Friday night. We know it’s going to be a zoo inside that stadium. And then you come back another Friday night and play Florida State here So we’re going to have to hit all the cylinders when we start the season. We know that. The good news is that we have some experience coming back, a lot of guys who have played a lot of football, who have scored and taken some bumps, but who are ready to go and show what they are capable of, so we have to be on all cylinders. es when we play this first month of the season.
The rest of Louisville’s ACC schedule for the upcoming season has Pitt, Wake Forest and NC State at home, with Boston College, Virginia and Clemson on the road. The Cards also have non-conference games against James Madison, USF and Kentucky on Nov. 26.
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