Tuesday, June 4, 2013
BC's ACC schedule set through 2024
By Jack McCluskey
Boston College’s ACC football schedule is now set for the next decade-plus, through the 2024 season.
Starting in 2014 -- when Louisville replaces Maryland after the Terps leave for the Big Ten -- the Eagles will face each of their six Atlantic Division foes (Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse and Wake Forest), their primary Coastal Division opponent (Virginia Tech) and one rotating Coastal Division opponent each season.
Every ACC team will play three home and three road games against divisional opponents, and the two cross-divisional games will be on a home and away schedule (if the game against the primary crossover opponent is at home, the game against the rotating crossover opponent will be away and vice versa).
The rotating schedule is on a 12-year loop, with each school playing rotating opponents twice (once at home, once on the road) in that span. Those games will not be in consecutive years.
In 2014, BC’s rotating opponent will be Pittsburgh. From 2015 on, BC’s rotating opponent schedule looks like this: at Duke (2015); Georgia Tech (2016); at Virginia (2017); Miami (2018); at Pittsburgh (2019); North Carolina (2020); at Georgia Tech (2021); Duke (2022); at Miami (2023); Virginia (2024).
If there’s a downside to the trend of permanent crossover opponents created by expansion, ESPN.com’s Heather Dinich wrote Tuesday, it’s that while it preserves some traditional rivalries it leads to long gaps between other matchups.
For instance, after playing Miami each of the past two seasons (first in Miami, then in Chestnut Hill) the Eagles won’t play the Hurricanes again under the new formula until 2018 and won’t host them in Alumni Stadium again until 2023. That will be more than a decade between Chestnut Hill visits for Miami.