Friday, January 11, 2013
Syracuse, Pitt part of '13 ACC sked
By Andrea Adelson ESPN.com
The ACC released its 2013 home and away conference opponents and game sites Friday, incorporating new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse for the first time into an eight-game league schedule.
The model is completely new and not based off the previous schedule. The complete 2013 ACC football schedule, including specific dates, is expected to be announced in early February.
More on ACC's 2013 Schedule
With Pittsburgh and Syracuse ready to play, the just-released schedule is a fresh start for the ACC. Heather Dinich and Andrea Adelson have some quick thoughts. Blog
Each ACC team will play eight conference games: six games within its division (three home, three away) and two games (one home, one away) with crossover opponents from the opposite division. In 2013, all Atlantic Division members will host their primary crossover opponent, while Coastal Division members will host a rotating crossover opponent.
Each school's primary crossover opponent does not change, while its rotating crossover opponent will change each season. With the exception of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, all schools will be playing their rotating crossover opponent for the first time since 2009.
Pittsburgh (Coastal Division) and Syracuse (Atlantic Division) are primary crossover opponents. The other primary crossovers will stay the same.
The new model of conference opponents will result in repeat site games in order to balance home and away schedules, as was the case in 2006. This season, there will be six repeat site games from 2012: Duke at Wake Forest; Duke at Virginia Tech; Miami at Duke; Georgia Tech at Clemson; Virginia Tech at Boston College; and Virginia Tech at Miami.
Though the conference is releasing just the 2013 ACC opponents at this time, this schedule model might be used as the basis for a full, multiyear schedule in the future.