The Big Ten is in the first year of a nine-game conference schedule for football, a schedule similar to two other Power-5 conferences. The ACC, however, isn’t catching the nine-game wave.
ACC athletic directors voted to remain with an eight-game conference schedule, the conference announced on Wednesday. Conference members will also continue to play at least one nonconference game against a Power-5 opponent each season.
Because the ACC is sticking with eight conference games, it will not be joining the Big Ten, Pac-12 and Big 12 as the Power-5 leagues with nine conference games. SEC members also play eight-game conference schedules.
— ACC Football (@theACCfootball) October 5, 2016
The kept Power-5 foe mandate isn’t surprising considering the leagues are trying to bolster nonconference games. More interesting games lead to better TV ratings, more excitement and better profiles for the College Football Playoff Selection Committee.
But Wednesday’s announcement makes it clear that people shouldn’t be holding their breaths for all Power-5 conferences to adopt nine-game league slates.