ACC announces football schedule changes, WVU & Marshall affected

WOAY – The ACC announced schedule changes for all fall sports on Wednesday, with the adjustments affecting not just their member schools, but also WVU and Marshall football, among other teams.

Per the announcement, ACC schools would only be able to play one non-conference game, and the contest must take place in the ACC team’s home state. In addition, the first week of contests would begin September 7, with the first Saturday being September 12.

This eliminates the WVU-Florida State football matchup planned for September 5 in Atlanta, and Marshall’s scheduled home game with Pitt September 12. Theoretically, the Thundering Herd could still travel to Pitt for the Panthers’ nonconference game; as Florida State is likely to choose Florida to be their non-conference opponent, the Mountaineers and Seminoles are not likely to meet in 2020.

The ACC also announced Wednesday that football teams would play in one division, with each school playing 10 league games – five at home and five on the road. The two teams with the highest winning percentages would then play for the ACC Championship. Virginia Tech will host Boston College, Clemson, Miami, NC State, and Virginia; the Hokies would travel to Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Pitt, and Wake Forest.

In additional Hokies football news, defensive back Caleb Farley will reportedly opt out of the 2020 season and spend the fall preparing for the 2021 NFL Draft. Farley had been named to the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik, Jim Thorpe, and Nagurski awards earlier this month.