The Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference already have four rivalry games every year, but the ACC is hoping to schedule more games against the SEC, according to a report from ESPN.com.
“In addition to considering a nine-game conference schedule, ACC officials have also broached the idea of a model in which conference teams would play eight league games and one SEC opponent every season, according to several sources from both conferences.”
The two leagues already feature Florida-Florida State, South Carolina-Clemson, Louisville-Kentucky and Georgia-Georgia-Tech, but the concept may be a difficult for the rest of the SEC to agree too. Would the games be on the SEC network? Will it help or hurt a team’s bid for the new college football playoff? What happens with Notre Dame? Will the SEC be able to adopt a nine-game conference schedule?
Per the ESPN report from heather Dinich, “An SEC source told ESPN.com that the ACC’s idea of an “8+1 model” was merely a concept that had been discussed only once and was a long way from being a reality. It was so premature, he said, that most athletic directors in the SEC hadn’t even been briefed on it.”
While it sounds like a nice concept in theory there is a long way to go before this concept can become a reality, but the discussions will continue into the spring.