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2014 ACC schedule with loaded Thanksgiving week

The ACC's 2014 football schedule will include several end-of-year matchups that could mushroom into permanent rivalries across the league.

Pitt at Miami, Syracuse at Boston College, Wake Forest at Duke and N.C. State at UNC will be played Thanksgiving week, according to a source with knowledge of the league's schedule, which will be released Wednesday.

The other six ACC teams will play in their already-established rivalries that week: FSU-Florida, Kentucky-Louisville, Virginia-Virginia Tech, Clemson-South Carolina and Georgia-Georgia Tech.

The league had discussed potential permanent rivals for Thanksgiving week, and this lineup for 2014 and possibly 2015 can be considered a test run for that process.

Two ACC athletic directors caution there's not a clean way to configure ACC rivals with Notre Dame's five-game allegiance to the league, an adopted 6-1-1 format (six divisional games, one primary crossover, one rotating partner) and the ACC's proposal for autonomy in determining a conference champion.

The NCAA requires two divisional winners to play in a conference championship game. By removing that element, the ACC would have flexibility but could water down its November divisional games.

As the source pointed out, the ACC could tweak several aspects of the schedule, including the 6-1-1 format.

Permanent rivals would give the league a more uniformed approach to the end of the year. From 2008-13, the five tenured schools have played or scheduled at least three different teams on the last weekend of the season.

Pitt-Miami and Syracuse-Boston College played each other in late November 2013.


Jeremy Fowler is a national college football insider with CBSSports.com. Fowler joined CBS in 2012 after covering the Minnesota Vikings for the St. Paul Pioneer Press for two seasons and covering the Florida Gators for the Orlando Sentinel for two years. Fowler is also a contributor to the CBS Sports Network.
 
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