The ACC has officially announced a new scheduling model that will go into effect for the 2023 season. The league is eliminating divisions, and instead moving to a model with three permanent opponents and two separate five-team rotations that will flip every other year.
Instead of sending division winners, the two teams with the highest conference winning percentage will play in the ACC Championship Game each year. The league athletic directors and faculty athletic representatives officially voted in the model to take place from 2023-26.
"The future ACC football scheduling model provides significant enhancements for our schools and conference, with the most important being our student-athletes having the opportunity to play every school both home and away over a four-year period," ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said. "We appreciate the thoughtful discussions within our membership, including the head football coaches and athletic directors. In the end, it was clear this model is in the best interest of our student-athletes, programs and fans, at this time."
The model ultimately means that every ACC team will play every other conference foe at their home field at least every four years. This is in stark contrast to the divisional setup, which guaranteed matchups with divisional opponents every year, but often saw years between road trips. For example, Clemson has only played Miami at its home field once since 2010.
The ACC also announced long-term opponents for each program that made sure to maintain key rivalries. Clemson and Florida State will continue to play every year, along with other in-state battles like North Carolina vs. Duke, Virginia Tech vs. Virginia and Florida State vs. Miami.
Here are the permanent opponents for each of the ACC's 14 schools:
Duke: North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest
Florida State: Clemson, Miami, Syracuse
Georgia Tech: Clemson, Louisville, Wake Forest
Louisville: Georgia Tech, Miami, Virginia
Miami: Boston College, Florida State, Louisville
North Carolina: Duke, NC State, Virginia
NC State: Clemson, Duke, North Carolina
Pitt: Boston College, Syracuse, Virginia Tech
Syracuse: Boston College, Florida State, Pitt
Virginia: Louisville, North Carolina, Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech: Pitt, Virginia, Wake Forest
Wake Forest: Duke, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech