The Mayor of Dewitt
- Aug 15, 2011
A look at the players and themes rising and falling heading into next season.
A draft of a scheduling document by the ACC athletic director/head football coach subcommittee says planned opponents for 2021 and beyond will need to be revised to ensure two schools do not play three consecutive years at the same site.
That means changes are coming to SU’s 2021 schedule. Syracuse will play at Boston College next year, after hosting the Eagles in 2019 and 2020. The same deal applies to Wake Forest.
That also means Syracuse won’t play at Louisville next season, as originally scheduled, after the Orange traveled to Kentucky each of the past two seasons.
More changes to the conference schedule are expected. SU was once scheduled to host Florida State in 2020 and travel there in 2021 before the coronavirus sent the ACC football schedule into the blender last summer.
Having Syracuse travel to Florida State next season would give the Orange five conference road games, assuming the scheduled crossover game at Virginia Tech remains in place. The league won’t do that.
Playing the FSU game in Syracuse, however, keeps SU’s conference schedule at a four-game, home-and-away split. And Florida State wouldn’t have to give up a seventh home game because its matchup with Wake Forest could be bumped to Tallahassee, assuming those two meet as expected on Dec. 19 at Wake Forest.
Of course, this all can be thrown into disarray if the ACC sticks with a one-division format with a new commissioner set to come onboard next year.