ACC Football Reportedly Looking to Play More Games vs. SEC

Sebastian LenaAnalyst IFebruary 7, 2014

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Looks like the ACC has grown tired of all the “strength of schedule” beatings it’s taken over the years.

First, the conference considered the idea of having a nine-game schedule. Next, the ACC agreed to a five-game annual partnership with Notre Dame.

Now, according to ESPN’s Heather Dinich, sources have informed her that the conference was looking into adding an annual matchup with the SEC as well.

Under the proposal, each ACC team team would play a game against an SEC opponent every year, which would be in addition to the eight games within the conference.

While intriguing, the plans are still in the developmental stages.

Achieving that objective involves exploring as many options as possible which we are currently doing,” SEC commissioner Mile Slive said, via Dinich’s report. “Anything more is pure speculation.”

Dinich goes on to point out that Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech and the newest ACC member Louisville "already have built-in SEC rival games during the final week of the regular season."

Still, it’s hard to ignore the excitement these potential matchups would bring.

Last season, the ACC and SEC met a whopping 11 times. The SEC came out on top, winning seven of those meetings.

ACC vs. SEC in 2013
1North Carolina at South Carolina27-10 SCAR
1Georgia at Clemson38-35 CLEM
1Virginia Tech vs. Alabama35-10 BAMA
2Florida at Miami21-16 MIA
14Florida State at Florida37-7 FSU
14Georgia at Georgia Tech41-34 (2OT) UGA
14Wake Forest at Vanderbilt23-21 VAN
14Clemson at South Carolina31-17 SCAR
BowlOle Miss vs. Georgia Tech (Music City)25-17 MISS
BowlTexas A&M vs. Duke (Chick-fil-A)52-48 A&M
BowlFlorida State vs. Auburn (BCS title)34-31 FSU

Among the most notable was Florida State’s triumph over Auburn, 34-31, in the BCS National Championship.

ACC commissioner John Swofford sees it as an opportunity to boost the conference’s reputation around the nation.

“That’s an important decision we’ll need to make in the near future,” he said. “…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.”

The ACC will get together for its annual spring meetings in May.


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