The Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Wednesday that the 2020 college football season, and all fall sports, will begin the week of Sept. 7-12 and that Notre Dame will be added to the conference in football if public health guidance allows.
The football season will consist of 11 games – 10 conference games and one non-conference game – over 13 weeks. Non-conference game opponents will be selected by the respective school and must be played within the state of the ACC school.
All non-conference opponents must meet medical protocol requirements agreed upon by the ACC.
There will be one division and an ACC Championship Game to eb played on either Dec. 12 or 19 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, which Notre Dame will indeed be eligible to play in, making them also eligible for the Orange Bowl.
All television revenue from Notre Dame’s home games broadcasted on NBC will be shared by all 15 ACC institutions.
The ACC Medical Advisory Group has laid out COVID-19 guidelines, including that all members of the football team and members that in in close contact with players be tested each week beginning with the week of the first competition against an opposing team. Each test must be administered within three calendar days of competition.
Other protocols include all individuals on the team bench area and student-athletes not in the game must wear a face covering, temperature and symptom checking for all individuals seeking access to the field and limiting postgame interaction with the opposing team to a brief greeting at midfield.
The decision to play fall sports comes after many lower Division I conferences, such as the Ivy League, postponed their seasons with the potential to restart in the spring.
The ACC appeared to take a similar approach to the Big Ten, which is limiting its football schedule to conference games only.
There was no details on plans for players who choose to opt out of the season. Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, a projected first-round pick, had reportedly decided earlier on Wednesday that he was opting out and would spend the year training for the NFL Draft.