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Report: ACC Expected To Follow Big Ten, Play Conference-Only Schedules In Fall

Detail view of ACC logo on Syracuse Orange uniforms before the game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on November 12, 2016 at The Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Atlantic Coast Conference is expected to follow in the footsteps of the Big Ten Conference and play conference-only schedules in fall sports, according to Stadium’s Brett McMurphy.

On Thursday, July 9, the Big Ten announced that its 14 schools will play conference-only contests during the fall including football games.

Shortly after the Big Ten’s announcement, McMurphy reported that the ACC is expected to do the same.

“ACC football also expected to play conference-only games, sources told @Stadium,” the college football insider tweeted.

After the Big Ten’s decision, the athletic director for the ACC’s Miami Hurricanes, Blake James released a statement. The Hurricanes were slated to play against the Big Ten’s Michigan State Spartans on September 26.

“I am aware of the announcement made by Big 10 today. While we are disappointed to lose the opportunity to face Michigan State during the 2020 season, we will work with the ACC to best position our program for the upcoming season.”

On Wednesday, July 8, the Ivy League announced the cancellation of fall sports for its conference. Since then, rumors have surfaced of other conferences joining in or moving football games to the spring of 2021.

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