Report: ACC mulls nine league games, annual SEC matchups

By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 05:56 PM MST Feb 07, 2014    UPDATED: 05:56 PM MST Feb 07, 2014 

The Atlantic Coast Conference is considering future football schedules that would include one Southeastern Conference opponent for every team each season, according to a report.

ACC officials are weighing a nine-game conference schedule, a scenario with eight conference games and one yearly SEC opponent, and other alternatives, ESPN reported Friday.

ACC commissioner John Swofford said earlier in the week that there is support for a nine-game conference schedule, but league coaches apparently are not sold yet on the idea.

"That's an important decision we'll need to make in the near future," Swofford said, according to ESPN. " ... Several factors come into play there. One is the college football playoffs; what serves us best in terms of giving our teams the best opportunity to be in the playoff; and what gives us the most opportunities going forward television-wise, and how does that fold into any discussions about a potential channel."

The SEC is considering a similar model of eight conference games plus one opponent each season from another league. Other possibilities will be considered, SEC commissioner Mike Slive said.

"Achieving that objective involves exploring as many options as possible, which we are currently doing," Slive said through a spokesman to ESPN. "Anything more is pure speculation."

There currently are four ACC-SEC matchups each year -- Clemson-South Carolina, Florida State-Florida, Georgia Tech-Georgia and Louisville-Kentucky. Notre Dame joins the mix for the 2014 season when it plays five ACC teams.

Slive told ESPN that he wants to adopt a scheduling format in time for the 2016 season, when three of the five power conferences will have nine-game league schedules in place. The Big Ten is moving to nine conference games for the 2016 season.

Four ACC schools -- Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and incoming member Louisville -- already have annual showdowns against SEC rivals during the regular season.

ESPN reported that the SEC might explore annual matchups with more Big 12 teams.