ACC to Drop Divisions, SEC to Follow?
Beginning in 2023, things will look quite a bit different in the ACC scheduling wise. The conference officially announced today that it will be moving away from the traditional division format and moving to a model where each team has three permanent opponents as well as two separate five team rotations that flip every year. Here are the opponents:
In 2023, the ACC will adopt a 3-5-5 football scheduling model and all 14 schools will compete in one division.
Teams will play 3 primary opponents annually + face the other 10 teams twice during the 4-year cycle, once at home and once on the road.
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) June 28, 2022
This is a huge development for how the landscape of college football may look in a few years given all of the conference realignment we have seen and will continue to see in the sport. It has been suspected since news broke of Texas and Oklahoma joining the SEC that the Southeastern conference may try something along these lines.
Whether it be “pods” with permanent opponents or something more like the ACC is doing where it is a one division free-for-all, it is undeniable that change is coming in college football and in the SEC. Exactly what kind of change remains to be seen.