ACC approves nine-game football schedule

The ACC has approved a nine-game league football schedule and 18 conference games for men’s and women’s basketball and has assigned newcomers Pittsburgh and Syracuse into divisions for football. They were among several scheduling formats made official Friday at a league meeting of athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives.

Pittsburgh will join Georgia Tech’s Coastal Division, while Syracuse will become part of the Atlantic. Those changes, as well as the nine-game league schedule, will go into place once those schools join the ACC from the Big East. It has yet to be determined when that will happen, but the schools are under contract to remain in the Big East through the 2013-14 academic year.

Each school will play its six division opponents with three crossover games, including its primary partner. Tech’s will remain Clemson.

The Coastal Division, including Tech, appears to be receiving the stronger football team in recent history. The Panthers have averaged 7.6 wins and made four bowl trips in the past five years, compared to 4.4 wins and one for the Orange. Over 10 years, Pitt has averaged 7.4 wins with seven bowl trips while Syracuse’s average is 4.3 wins with two bowl trips. Perhaps most tellingly, Pitt is 9-1 against Syracuse in the past 10 games, although Syracuse had won 11 in a row prior to that.

Since the league split into two divisions beginning with the 2005 season, the Atlantic is 69-64 against Coastal teams including ACC championship games.

In basketball, each member will have one primary partner. Tech’s will be Clemson. The other 12 opponents will rotate in groups of four. Each season, a team will play home and away with one group (eight games), home against another group (four games) and away against the last group (four games). Over a three-year cycle, primary partners will play each other six games and all the other members four times.

All 14 teams will compete in the men’s and women’s conference tournaments. The format was not released Friday.

The remaining team sports will continue to play each conference member at least once during the regular season with the exception of baseball. Like football, baseball is split into two divisions and teams do not play every conference opponent.

161 comments Add your comment

Power DAWGS!!

February 3rd, 2012
1:17 pm

Hopfully the ACC will inprove some…Hopefully

Power DAWGS!!

February 3rd, 2012
1:19 pm

If Paul Johnson had any repore what so ever with Recruiting he would bet us more often… the guy can’t recruit!

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
1:26 pm

How come Schultze and Bradley aren’t all over the story about 3 UGA players being kicked off the team?

Delbert D.

February 3rd, 2012
1:26 pm

The SEC is playing an 8-game schedule in 2012. I’d like to think that it is to simplify the scheduling due to existing commitments and the short time frame. They will move to a 9-game schedule for 2013, I would imagine. Otherwise, it could be a long time between appearances for teams in the other division.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
1:26 pm

ooops….that’s Schultz….

Harrick and Kemp

February 3rd, 2012
1:28 pm

pukeydawg, you probably need to worry about where you’re going to find 3 players to replace the ones that got kicked off your ‘team’ (sic).

@GTlee

February 3rd, 2012
1:29 pm

Georgia could have 10 players kicked off team and still beat tech by 2 tds.They won with a 5th team tailback last year.

Harrick and Kemp

February 3rd, 2012
1:30 pm

powerpuke…are you typing with one hand or what?

Harrick and Kemp

February 3rd, 2012
1:32 pm

ok, @GTLee…let’s try that…

NiquePhotog

February 3rd, 2012
1:36 pm

GTs recruiting class is ranked 4th in the ACC based on average stars and not based on the number of players you sign (Miami, Bama???) Which is pretty consistent considering we were probably the 4th or 5th best team in the ACC last season

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
1:41 pm

@ @GTLee,

What does that have to do with anything? The point was, AJC writers all over negative Tech recruiting stories. Now that 3 UGA players are kicked off the team, where are those same reporters and their stories?

Burdell

February 3rd, 2012
1:42 pm

I’m glad we got Pitt in the Coastal for football…even though IMO they present a bigger challenge.

5 star recruits, 2 star results

February 3rd, 2012
1:49 pm

“repore what so ever with Recruiting he would bet us more often”. Damn, pokie, at least the majority of the words are spelled correctly. A shiny new nickel if you can pick out which ones you whiffed on. Mutt fans never fail to provide comedy relief. What do you wanna “beat” he hasn’t been inside a classroom since the 8th grade.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
1:50 pm

LMFAO, 5 star….

5 star recruits, 2 star results

February 3rd, 2012
1:53 pm

thanks, Lee. I feel an almost instant “repore” with you.

Ghost of the Flats

February 3rd, 2012
1:54 pm

4th best in ACC, spin city, ever heard of depth? At the end of 2011 And this is a confernce that didn’t place a single team in the Final top 20.Hasn’t had one team (VT) finish in the 10 since the last 7 years and they’ve only fished the 3 times
1.Clemson
2 VT
3 fl. State
4 Virginia
5 Wake
6 Miami
7 NC State
8 Tech
2-14 in Bcs bowls , what a pathetic league.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
1:57 pm

@ Power DWAGS !! have you ever taken an English class? You can’t spell worth a damn, and you show your ignorance by even making posts with so many errors in them. How many words with more than one syllable can you spell correctly?

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
1:59 pm

Did any of you guys see this?

http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaaf-dr-saturday/video-les-miles-mocks-gunner-kiel-chest-ability-192230869.html

The idea of a coach slamming, and in public, a kid who turned him down!!! The Mad Hatter truly has no class whatsoever. Is that the kind of coach all you Johnson-bashers would like to have at Tech???

Ghost of the Flats

February 3rd, 2012
2:02 pm

Meant to say hasn’t had one team other than VT finish in top 10 in 7 years and befor that it was Fl State in 01 or 02.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:04 pm

What teams are coming INTO the Big East? Do they have to wait till their previous league contracts expire first? I don’t see why this can’t happen today and have the new schedules start in the Fall.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:11 pm

TCU and Navy will be joinin Big East for football only, I believe…can’t quite remember who else is joining, bur Big East will be coast-to-coast….

RichT

February 3rd, 2012
2:11 pm

Expansion provided the perfect opportunity for the ACC to realign the divisions geographically, which would have made it a hell of a lot easier to remember who is in what division.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:13 pm

that’s joining and but

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:13 pm

GT :Lee, I just Googled, and unless something has changed since Dec 7, Boise State, San Diego State, Houston, SMU and Central Florida will be joining, and possibly Navy as football only. It doesn’t mention TCU. Did they change their mind?

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:14 pm

@ RichT, I agree with you on that, but it looks like they aren’t taking that far more sensible path.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:14 pm

but if the ACC realigns geographically, all the powerhouses would be in the Southern half…and how would you split the 4 Carolina teams?

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:16 pm

maybe I got TCU and BSU mixed up, Super….my cranial-rectumitis acts up now and then

Ghost of the Flats

February 3rd, 2012
2:17 pm

TCU is going to Big 12

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:18 pm

@ GT Lee, you could have Miami, FSU, Tech, Clemson, Wake, Duke, and NC State in the south, and Syracuse, BC, Pitt, MD, UVA, VT, and UNC in the north. That would seem to somewhat balance the divisions, although I don’t know that the NC schools would like being split up like that.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:18 pm

I think TCU initially indicated they would go to the Big East, but they apparently changed their mind

BigTimeTechFan

February 3rd, 2012
2:19 pm

“I’m glad we got Pitt in the Coastal for football…even though IMO they present a bigger challenge.”

I agree but was kind of hoping they would switch things up a bit so Coastal would be:
Georgia Tech
Clemson
Florida St
Miami
Pitt
Va Tech
Virginia
Cuse

Gordon

February 3rd, 2012
2:20 pm

I had heard that basketball was going to 18 games next year even if the two new teams don’t join then. Is that correct? Also, do you know the other pairs in basketball?

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:20 pm

Super, Va Tech would LOVE that scenario….

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:21 pm

@GT Lee, I’m sure they would, and other than splitting them from the other NC schools, I would think UNC would like it too

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:23 pm

With a 9-game conference schedule, that leaves us more than likely with only one decent OOC opponent (UGA). I wish we would get one more good OOC opponent, instead of two weak ones, but I don’t guess that will happen :(

Mike

February 3rd, 2012
2:23 pm

@Supersize – the Big East new arrivals come in 2013 from what I understand. That is Boise St., San Diego St., Houston, SMU, and UCF. Navy joins a year or two later I think.

I have no idea why the Big East would want to keep WVU, Pitt, and Syracuse beyond 2012. Seems petty to me.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:24 pm

@ Mike, yeah, I found that out when I Googled. It makes no sense to delay the inevitable; just do it NOW

Mike

February 3rd, 2012
2:26 pm

@BigTimeTechFan – thats stacking too many eggs in one basket. You basically have all the legit ACC championship contenders in one division. They have to split things up in the hopes of getting a decent championship game, or at least one that will draw interest.

Mike

February 3rd, 2012
2:28 pm

Big East needs to keep WVU, Pitt, and Syracuse for next year just to stay at the 8 member limit. WVU wants out new because the Big 12 needs 10 teams to keep their TV contracts intact for this season. They only have 9 with the loss of A&M and MIssouri and addition of TCU.

Mike

February 3rd, 2012
2:29 pm

SEC should adapt this 9 game conference schedule as well. Its the only way to have 14 teams and have any decent rotation between the two divisions. Right now they are sticking with 8 games with only 1 rotating cross division game.

ormewood

February 3rd, 2012
2:30 pm

The North Carolina schools are split up now, so if they tweaked the divisions via a north/south split what difference would it make. I hate this “Coastal and “Atlantic” junk. Just do it geographically and be done with it.

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:30 pm

@Mike, unfortunately you are correct, but times change, and there’s no guarantee that the powers will all exist in the same division forever. The SEC sure seems to flip back and forth between which division has the power, although the West is certainly far above the east right now.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:30 pm

also BigTime- you’ve got 8 teams in one division….should be 7 & 7…

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:32 pm

Mike, so is the Big East releasing WVU now? Or are they having to wait also? If they can get out now, then the others should be able to also, and those teams coming in should be able to get in now. If it’s ok for one to shift, then all of them should be able to immediately.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:35 pm

WVU and Big East are going to court over this….

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:36 pm

Thanks, GT Lee. Maybe if WVU wins, the others will follow suit……unless by then it’s too late.

BigTimeTechFan

February 3rd, 2012
2:37 pm

@GT Lee

The other thing I should have noted was ACC would have 16 teams
Atlantic gets:
Notre Dame
Penn State
UNC
Wake
NC State
Duke
Maryland
BC

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:38 pm

the problem is the buyout clause…if the schools leave early, they have to pay several million $ (maybe 5 mil?)

Supersize that order, mutt

February 3rd, 2012
2:38 pm

Regardless of when it happens, I wish they would rethink that division alignment. It just makes no sense and has got to cost schools that have to travel far some big bucks. Why should BC and Cus have to travel all the way to Miami (and vice verse) every year? That’s a big waste of money.

GT Lee

February 3rd, 2012
2:39 pm

@ BigTime….hadn’t heard about ND and PSU…is that seriously in the works or rumor?