ACC Fans Have Strong Feelings After The Conference Eliminates Football Divisions And Locks In Rivalries

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  • The Atlantic Coast Conference released a new model for its football scheduling on Tuesday.
  • The model eliminates divisions and secures rivalry games for the foreseeable future.
  • Fans across the conference are all about the new format.

When the NCAA announced in May that teams no longer had to win their division to compete in conference championship games, fans knew that schedule and conference alignment changes were imminent.

Now those changes are here in a big way.

The ACC announced radical changes on Tuesday, eliminating the Atlantic and Coastal divisions and completely blowing up its future schedules.

The new scheduling ensures that teams will play three rivals annually (I.E Florida State-Miami, Virginia Tech-Virginia) and the other 10 teams in the conference twice in each rolling four-year period.

The two top teams by conference win percentage will then meet in the ACC Championship Game on the first Saturday each December.

With the release, the conference also put out the schedules for the first four years of competition under the new format.

Fans are absolutely thrilled with the changes.

Though not all fans loved the new protected rivalries. Virginia Tech fans, in particular, seemed unhappy.

Fans of teams in other conferences also liked the scheduling model. The Big Ten may be next in line to make the change. Conference commissioner Kevin Warren and numerous athletic directors have discussed the change in the pass.

The ACC is at the forefront for now, though, and fans of the conference seem largely overjoyed with the change.