Wednesday, January 24, 2024

ACC Sets the Stage for Gridiron Fireworks in 2024 Schedule Release

CHARLOTTE  The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has unveiled its highly anticipated 2024 football schedule, marking the 72nd season of ACC Football and the first under a revolutionary seven-year scheduling model. This model introduces significant changes, including an expanded roster of 17 teams and a dynamic structure that promises thrilling matchups throughout the season.

New Scheduling Model and Key Features

The 2024 season introduces a new seven-year scheduling model, running from 2024 through 2030. Under this model, each team will play eight conference games per season, with all 17 teams facing each other at least twice over the next seven seasons – once at home and once on the road. Notably, the current 14 conference teams will play a total of three times each in California over the seven years, ensuring a diverse and balanced competition.

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D., expressed the significance of the 2024 schedule, stating, “The membership was incredibly thoughtful and committed to producing an exciting, fair, and balanced schedule with our student-athlete experience as the top priority.” The absence of divisions, the increase in annual conference matchups from 56 to 68, and the continuation of the ACC Football Championship Game further add to the excitement.

Annual Rivalries

The scheduling model preserves 16 annual matchups, including notable rivalries and new pairings with the addition of Cal, SMU, and Stanford. The matchups are strategically spread throughout the season, with five annual clashes set for the last Saturday of the regular season.

  • Virginia Tech at Miami – Sept. 27
  • North Carolina at Duke – Sept. 28
  • Clemson at Florida State – Oct. 5
  • Wake Forest at NC State – Oct. 5
  • SMU at Stanford – Oct. 19
  • Syracuse at Pitt – Oct. 24
  • Florida State at Miami – Oct. 26
  • North Carolina at Virginia – Oct. 26
  • Syracuse at Boston College – Nov. 9
  • Duke at NC State – Nov. 9
  • Stanford at Cal – Nov. 23
  • Cal at SMU – Nov. 30
  • Pitt at Boston College – Nov. 30
  • NC State at North Carolina – Nov. 30
  • Duke at Wake Forest – Nov. 30
  • Virginia at Virginia Tech – Nov. 30

Week 0 – Kick Off in Ireland

Week 0 of the 2024 season promises historic moments as ESPN’s College GameDay Built by The Home Depot broadcasts live for the first time outside of the United States from Dublin, Ireland. Florida State and Georgia Tech will make history in the Aer Lingus College Football Classic on August 24, setting the stage for an exciting season.

Week 1 - Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza

Labor Day Weekend will feature all 17 ACC football programs in 16 games over five days, offering fans a spectacular start to the season. Notable matchups include North Carolina vs. Minnesota, Clemson vs. Georgia, and Boston College vs. Florida State.

ACC Thursday and Friday Night Football

The schedule includes 14 games on Thursday and Friday nights over the first 13 weeks of the season, featuring conference matchups and special commemorations. Highlight games include Virginia Tech vs. Miami on Sept. 27 and Florida State at Duke on Oct. 18.

New Conference Members and First-Ever Meetings

Cal, SMU, and Stanford will make their ACC debuts, adding new dynamics to the competition. The 2024 season will witness eight first-time matchups, enhancing the excitement for fans across the conference.

Challenging Non-Conference Slate

The ACC continues to uphold its reputation for a challenging non-conference schedule, with matchups against Power Conference opponents, teams ranked in the AP Top 25, and participants from bowl games. A total of 34 non-conference games against 2023 bowl game participants underscore the competitive nature of the ACC.

Games Against Notre Dame

ACC teams will face Notre Dame in five non-conference games, with four of them hosted at Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.

  • Louisville at Notre Dame – Sept. 28
  • Stanford at Notre Dame – Oct. 12
  • Notre Dame at Georgia Tech – Oct. 19
  • Florida State at Notre Dame – Nov. 9
  • Virginia at Notre Dame – Nov. 16

ACC Football Championship Game

The pinnacle of the season, the 2024 ACC Football Championship Game, is set for December 7 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The top two teams based on conference winning percentage will vie for the coveted title.