The ACC on Monday announced a seven-year football schedule rotation that begins next season — the first with Cal, Stanford and SMU as members of the 17-school behemoth.
For the Bay Area teams, the unveiling offered a glimpse into the reality that comes with competing in a conference based in Charlotte and stocked with unfamiliar opponents.
Stanford’s home lineup next season features conference games against Louisville, Virginia Tech, SMU and Wake Forest.
Cal’s home schedule for ACC play includes Miami, N.C. State and Syracuse, along with Stanford.
Yes, the longtime Bay Area rivals will continue to play each other every year — they are counted as permanent opponents in the ACC’s model.
Both will play SMU, which is based in Dallas, in annual home-and-away fashion, as well.
By shrewdly creating that three-team group of permanent opponents, the ACC reduced the number of times Cal and Stanford will fly to the East Coast and the frequency with which the East Coast teams visit the Bay Area.
The ACC plays an eight-game league schedule (four home and four away). Because two games will always be played within that three-team group, the Cardinal and Bears will have just three road games against teams in the Eastern Time Zone each season.
(The travel demands will be vastly more arduous for sports like basketball, baseball and softball.)
“We are extremely excited to welcome Cal, SMU and Stanford to the ACC and look forward to having them compete beginning in the fall of 2024,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said.
“Throughout the entire scheduling model process, the membership was incredibly thoughtful and purposeful in building a creative, flexible and aggressive conference scheduling model while keeping the student-athlete experience at the forefront.”
Other key points:
— The full 2024 schedule, with dates, will be announced on Jan. 31.
— The ACC won’t have divisions. The top-two teams (by winning percentage in conference games) will meet in the championship.
— Each of the 17 schools will play every other team at least twice in the seven years.
— The 14 current ACC members will play on the West Coast three times during the stretch.
That means the ACC’s two football blue bloods, Clemson and Florida State, only make three trips to the West Coast over the seven-year rotation.
Florida State visits Stanford in 2025 and 2030 and Cal in 2027.
Clemson visits Cal in 2026 and 2030 and Stanford in 2028.
Here’s the full home-and-away ACC rotation for each school.
Home: Miami, North Carolina State, Stanford, Syracuse
Road: Florida State, Pittsburgh, SMU, Wake Forest
Home: Duke, North Carolina, SMU, Virginia
Road: Boston College, Louisville, Stanford, Virginia Tech
Home: Clemson, Stanford, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Road: North Carolina State, SMU, Syracuse, Virginia
Home: Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, SMU
Road: Georgia Tech, Miami, Pittsburgh, Stanford
Home: Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Stanford
Road: Florida State, Louisville, SMU, Wake Forest
Home: Duke, Miami, SMU, Syracuse
Road: Boston College, Clemson, North Carolina, Stanford
Home: Clemson, North Carolina, Stanford, Virginia
Road: Duke, Georgia Tech, SMU, Virginia Tech
Home: Louisville, SMU, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
Away: California, Clemson, NC State, Syracuse
Home: Boston College, California, Florida State, Pitt
Away: Miami, North Carolina, SMU, Virginia
Home: Georgia Tech, Miami, NC State, SMU
Away: California, Duke, Louisville, Wake Forest
Home: California, Duke, North Carolina, Syracuse
Away: Boston College, Clemson, SMU, Virginia Tech
Home: Clemson, SMU, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Away: California, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina
Home: Boston College, California, Louisville, Wake Forest
Away: Duke, Florida State, Pitt, SMU
Home: Florida State, Georgia Tech, Pitt, SMU
Away: California, NC State, Syracuse, Virginia
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