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Reports: ACC to Play Conference-Only Schedule in Fall, Endangering UCF Games with UNC and Georgia Tech

UCF lost games with GT and UNC to hurricanes in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Now they’re going to lose them both in 2020 due to a pandemic.

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Brett McMurphy of Stadium is reporting that the ACC is expecting to remove any non-conference games from its football schedule for the fall of 2020:

Obviously, this endangers the UCF Knights’ scheduled season opener with the North Carolina Tar Heels at home on Friday, September 4th, and at the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday, September 18th, both of which were expected to be key non-conference games on national TV.

Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic pushed back slightly on that:

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic was a tad more nuanced:

UCF has not yet commented, and no official announcement has been made by the ACC or the American.

It was the Big Ten that got the ball rolling after the Ivy League’s announcement of no fall sports. The Big Ten’s statement:

“[T]he Big Ten Conference announced today that if the Conference is able to participate in fall sports (men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball) based on medical advice, it will move to Conference-only schedules in those sports.”

Read the full statement below:

This is a developing story. It will be updated.