College football scheduling is easily mocked for scheduling non-conference games almost 20 years in advance. The ACC is showing that all of that time is unnecessary, quickly acting with just a week’s notice to rearrange multiple games on the Sept. 19 slate.
Virginia and Virginia Tech were scheduled to kickoff the season next weekend on ABC in primetime with the Commonwealth Cup. A rash of positive COVID-19 cases on Virginia Tech’s campus have forced the Hokies to postpone the rivalry game, most likely not meeting until December.
The postponement left a large gap in the schedule for the Cavaliers. Instead of waiting until Oct. 3 to open the season, the ACC moved up Virginia’s meeting with Duke from Nov. 14 to Sept. 26.
Conference officials must be flexible this fall. The two early ACC switcheroos show that it’s possible. Now, what in the world is happening at Virginia Tech? A look at how much the Hokies’ schedule has changed:
- Original schedule: Play Liberty last week, then Penn State today
- Second Schedule: Open the season vs. NC State today
- Third Schedule: Open the season vs. Virginia next week
- Final Schedule: Open the season vs. NC State in two weeks, Sept. 26