—Scott Satterfield’s official statement on the new plan for ACC football in 2020 that was released yesterday:
“I’m thrilled with the positive news coming from the Atlantic Coast Conference about moving forward with a new scheduling model for the 2020 season. The proposed home and away schedule is extremely challenging, but very exciting at the same time. We now have a clear direction about the upcoming football season, and our program is just looking forward to beginning those preparations next week.”
—The CJ’s Cameron Teague looks at the new Louisville football schedule and makes a prediction about whether or not the Cards can make the ACC title game.
—The Athletic’s Stewart Mandel predicts the order of finish in the ACC after Wednesday’s scheduling news.
1. Clemson (10-0)
Wins: Boston College, Miami, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Virginia, at Florida State, at Georgia Tech, at Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest
A year after Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne beat eight of their nine conference opponents by at least 31 points, Clemson only draws one team remotely near its level. That would be Notre Dame in South Bend, in what was originally scheduled to be a Nov. 7 nonconference game — and the Irish haven’t beaten a Top 5 foe since 2005. It would have been nice to see the Tigers draw resurgent UNC, which gave them quite the scare in Chapel Hill last season.
2. Louisville (8-2)
Wins: Florida State, Miami, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, at Boston College, at Georgia Tech, at Virginia
Losses: at Notre Dame, at Pittsburgh
The Cardinals, which rose from 2-10 to 8-5 in Scott Satterfield’s debut season, caught quite the break when a Week 2 trip to Clemson vanished from their schedule. They have a quarterback to build around in Micale Cunningham, and return both 1,500-yard rusher Javian Hawkins and 1,272-yard receiver Tutu Atwell. Defense optional.
—There is no “normal” anymore, especially in college football.
—U of L women’s soccer has landed a commitment from Central Catholic (Lafayette, Ind.) standout Karsyn Cherry.
—If there is a lesson to be learned from the ACC’s unveiling of its scheduling model, it’s this: The school presidents and chancellors are in control (Athletic link).
—Micale Cunningham has been named to the preseason watch list for the Manning Award.
—The ACCDN has TuTu Atwell as the second best returning receiver in the ACC for 2020.
—The Pac-12 has signed a deal to fund news coverage from the LA Times. That seems problematic.
—What does the Notre Dame/ACC marriage of convenience mean for the rest of college football?
—The NCAA has announced that it will allow players to wear patches on their uniforms for commemorative and memorial purposes as well as to support social justice issues this season.
—If he would have tossed in a Moops reference, I would have fainted.
"I'm the new bubble boy." @Lj_era8 pic.twitter.com/x3qQDkvuvv— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) July 29, 2020
—Wild stat: Out of 389 metropolitan areas tracked by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Owensboro is the only city in the nation where the unemployment rate hasn’t risen over the past year.
—Churchill Downs has stopped selling infield tickets to the Kentucky Derby.
—TNIAAM ranks Louisville’s defensive line as the second-worst in the ACC.
—U of L is squarely in the middle of the ACC when it comes to travel for the upcoming football season.
Total travel distance for ACC teams with the new schedule: 1. Miami 4239 miles; 2. Pitt 3886 miles; 3. GT 3351 miles; 4. FSU 3319; 5. ND 3307. 6. BC 3224; 7. Cuse 3152; 8. Louisville 2492; 9. UVA 2489. 10. UNC 1919; 11. Clemson 1699. 12. NCSU 1586. 13. Wake 1372. 14. VT 1237.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) July 30, 2020
—247 Sports breaks down the updated odds to win the ACC football title in 2020.
—The crew over at Tomahawk Nation discusses Florida State’s updated schedule.
—Now that we have a schedule, the next question is how Louisville is going to handle attendance for home games. Vince Tyra says the school is currently reviewing “multiple models.”
—And finally, if you’re looking for the ACC’s complete plan for fall sports (not just football), you can find that here.