Report: ACC Expected to Play Conference-Only 2020 CFB Schedule amid COVID-19

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 9, 2020

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney celebrates with the trophy following the Atlantic Coast Conference championship NCAA college football game against Virginia in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Clemson won 62-17. (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)
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The ACC is reportedly expected to only play in-conference games during the 2020 college football season.

Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported the news, with the ACC joining the Big Ten as major conferences to eliminate nonconference play. 

Power conferences are seemingly beginning to align in believing this is the best way to move forward with the 2020 football season. 

The plan's feasibility seems questionable, though. While the elimination of nonconference games may mitigate some risk, players will still fly on planes, stay in hotels and take other potential safety risks. A Boston College-Miami matchup would require a flight that takes three-and-a-half hours.

The schools' plan to keep in-conference games is overwhelmingly motivated by the desire to preserve revenue from television deals. Every major conference has its own television network, along with rights deals with networks to broadcast their games.

Conferences would take massive revenue hits if networks are unable to broadcast games.

Despite the announcement of plans to hold games, the college football season remains up in the air. The NCAA has maintained it will not allow member schools to play if students are not allowed on campuses.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still wreaking havoc in the United States, it's difficult to imagine full attendance for the nation's universities by the beginning of football season. 


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