Informal ACC-SEC scheduling pact taking shape

The ACC and SEC are planning more home-and-home series outside of rivalry mainstays like Georgia-Georgia Tech.    (USATSI)
The ACC and SEC are planning more home-and-home series outside of traditional rivalry games. (USATSI)

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The ACC and SEC have created a de facto partnership as the lone power conferences to maintain an eight-game scheduling model entering the College Football Playoff.

Naturally, these two will play each other in nonconference action, and the momentum is already shifting that way.

An SEC source said about four or five teams from each league are discussing potential home-and-home matchups for some time in the next 6-7 years. These would be new matchups aside from the permanent end-of-year rivalries such as Florida Gators - Florida State Seminoles , Georgia Bulldogs - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets , Clemson Tigers - South Carolina Gamecocks and Louisville Cardinals - Kentucky Wildcats . Neutral-site-heavy teams (think LSU Tigers / Alabama Crimson Tide from the SEC and North Carolina Tar Heels / Virginia Tech Hokies from the ACC) are likely out of that mix, too, according to the source.

That would still leave dozens of potential combinations to digest.

SEC: Auburn Tigers , Texas A&M Aggies , Ole Miss Rebels , Mississippi State Bulldogs , Arkansas Razorbacks , Missouri Tigers , Tennessee Volunteers , Vanderbilt Commodores .

ACC: Miami, NC State Wolfpack , Virginia Cavaliers , Wake Forest Demon Deacons , Duke Blue Devils , Pittsburgh Panthers , Boston College Eagles , Syracuse Orange .

There's buzz about Miami (Fla.) Hurricanes and Florida Gators playing in Orlando, and even if that doesn't happen (I'm skeptical), Florida could be in the market for another game away from the Swamp.

Vanderbilt no longer has the Wake Forest series but has talked to a few ACC private schools about a series.

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