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Some schools, like Miami and NC State, wanted nine conference games to have the ability to play more league teams, balance out conference schedules, and create more appealing matchups. Scheduling power nonconference opponents has become increasingly difficult not just for ACC athletic directors but for ADs around the country. Adding that ninth conference game would have created inventory while also providing more frequent matchups between rotating crossover opponents.
Perhaps the ACC will make a different decision somewhere down the line. The truth is, 2014 will be a test case for every conference in America. How do leagues that play eight conference games fare in the College Football Playoff vs. leagues that play nine conference games? How does all of that impact strength of schedule, especially for leagues with challenging nonconference opponents? Will the ACC be viewed favorably or unfavorably when judged against a team from the Big Ten, for example?
|Boston College's future "power five" nonconference opponents|
|2015||Notre Dame||Independent||Fenway Park|
|2017||Notre Dame||Independent||Notre Dame Stadium|
|2020||Ohio State||Big Ten||Ohio Stadium|
|2021||Ohio State||Big Ten||Alumni Stadium|