The ACC announced its 2020 football schedule model Wednesday, featuring an 11 game schedule with 10 conference and one non-conference opponent.
In the case of the Miami Hurricanes, they’ll play Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Virginia at Hard Rock Stadium (Miami, FL) on an undetermined date. UM’s five road games will be against Clemson, Louisville, NC State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Instead of being split into two sectors, — Coastal and Atlantic — all 15 ACC teams will mesh into one division.
The Atlantic Coast Conference plans to commence its season between September 7-12.
Miami’s Athletic Director Blake James told the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson that the Canes’ non-conference game will be vs. UAB, Wagner or Temple. In order to meet ACC safety medical protocols, the game must be played in Florida.
The schedule release comes 18 days after ACC commissioner John Swofford put out a statement stating that it expects to have a decision “in late July” that will determine how its college football schedule will look.
“Today’s decision was made after months of thoughtful planning by numerous individuals throughout the conference,” Swofford said Wednesday. “The Board’s decision presents a path, if public health guidance allows, to move forward with competition. Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate the return in a safe and responsible manner. We recognize that we may need to be nimble and make adjustments in the future. We will be as prepared as possible should that need arise.”
In addition to the model, the ACC announced that they’ll be adding Notre Dame as a member of the conference and be eligible to compete in the 2020 ACC Football Championship Game, which will be played December 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte, NC).
All of Notre Dames’ television revenue will be divided between all ACC programs. That includes their home games, broadcasted by NBC.
Miami and Notre Dame expressed interest in playing each other this season. However, a 41-8 ACC vote opposed that from the happening.
The Hurricanes will begin practicing August 7, per Jackson. Coach Manny Diaz has weighed in on splitting the team into groups during team practices for COVID-19 precautions.
Everyone involved in UM’s traveling party is mandated to be tested for COVID-19 72 hours before a game begins, Jackson added.