ACC: Marcell Dareus

During his address to open the ACC kickoff event Sunday, commissioner John Swofford said there was strong support for a nine-game conference schedule beginning next season when Syracuse and Pittsburgh come on board.

“I think the (athletic directors) collectively voted for the good of the conference that teams see each other and play each other as much as they can in both football and basketball," Swofford said. "That’s why we went to a nine-game league schedule.”

That might be a problem, Swofford said, for teams like Florida State who play an annual nonconference rivalry game.

While FSU has routinely scheduled high-profile nonconference games in addition to their annual showdown with Florida, that might get tougher when the nonconference slate shrinks to just three games.

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