- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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The ACC will play an eight-game football conference schedule starting in 2013 due to the league's scheduling agreement with Notre Dame, the conference announced on Wednesday.
The decision was made at the recent league meetings in Boston, and it was a result of the new agreement with Notre Dame in which the Irish will play five games annually against the ACC. Originally, the ACC had planned to go to a nine-game league format next season with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, but there was some resistance from within the conference, particularly from schools that already had built-in SEC rivals on their schedules like Georgia Tech, Florida State and Clemson. Most of the ACC coaches, when asked about the topic during ACC media days this past July, were in favor of sticking with the eight-game schedule.
The league also decided that any schools ineligible for the postseason (in this case North Carolina) will not be eligible to win the division, meaning the program will not receive the division trophy for finishing with the best record in the division, nor will it be recognized in the ACC record books as the division winner. That title will go to the runner-up with the next best record.
This is good news for the ACC, because it will allow for more flexibility in the scheduling. Stay tuned for a closer look at what it means for the ACC.