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Syracuse learns primary opponents in ACC future football-scheduling model

By Eric Reinhardt (


Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Florida State will be Syracuse University’s primary conference opponents in future football schedules under a new scheduling model that the ACC announced Tuesday. It means Syracuse will play those conference opponents annually in a four-year cycle, either in the JMA Wireless Dome seen above or on the road. (Eric Reinhardt / CNYBJ)

The Syracuse Orange will play Pittsburgh, Boston College, and Florida State annually under a new football-scheduling model that the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) announced Tuesday.

The new model will go into effect beginning with the 2023 season. It is based on a 3-5-5 structure whereby each team will play three primary opponents annually and face the other 10 league teams twice during the four-year cycle, once at home and once on the road.

The schedule allows for each ACC football program to face all 13 conference opponents home and away at least once during the four-year cycle. The league’s athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives adopted the structure on Tuesday.

The new slate will eliminate the Atlantic and Coastal divisions with all 14 schools competing in one division beginning in 2023. The previous division structure had handcuffed Syracuse to national superpower Clemson for nearly a decade.

Under the new system, the top two teams based on conference winning percentage will compete in the Subway ACC Football Championship Game on the first Saturday in December at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The NCAA Division I Council in May approved the deregulation of the current rule that had limited an individual conference’s autonomy to determine their football championship game participants.

“The future ACC football scheduling model provides significant enhancements for our schools and conference, with the most important being our student-athletes having the opportunity to play every school both home and away over a four-year period,” ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips said in a statement. “We appreciate the thoughtful discussions within our membership, including the head football coaches and athletic directors. In the end, it was clear this model is in the best interest of our student-athletes, programs and fans, at this time.”




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