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ACC Reportedly Explores Adding Game Against SEC For All Football Teams

Clemson already plays SEC rival South Carolina at the end of the regular season
ACC officials have "broached the idea of a model in which conference teams would play eight league games and one SEC opponent" during each football season, according to sources cited by Heather Dinich of ESPN.com. Florida State, Georgia Tech, Clemson and incoming member Louisville "already have built-in SEC rival games during the final week of the regular season." But a source said that the ACC's "idea of an '8+1 model' was merely a concept that had been discussed only once and was a long way from being a reality." The source added that it was "so premature ... that most athletic directors in the SEC hadn't even been briefed on it." The source said that he "did not see a scenario to which all 14 SEC schools would agree, but there may be one in which the SEC could match some teams against the ACC, particularly if those SEC teams were having trouble finding suitable BCS nonconference opponents." Dinich noted it is "unlikely that the SEC would make all its teams play the ACC on the final week of the season, when Auburn-Alabama already headlines the show." Also, two SEC sources said that the conference was "considering more regular matchups with Big 12 teams" (ESPN.com, 2/7).
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