Posted February 07, 2014

Report: ACC considering eight-game schedule with SEC component

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Timmy Jernigan record nine tackles and .5 tackles for loss in Florida State's BCS title win.

SEC-ACC tussles may soon become a regular-season staple. (Cal Sport Media via AP)

As the ACC continues to debate the idea of a nine-game conference schedule, there’s a chance another model could come into play that includes an SEC component.

According to a report from ESPN’s Heather Dinich, the ACC is considering a plus-one model that would incorporate eight ACC games with one SEC game.

ACC commissioner John Swofford told ESPN this week that there is “considerable support” for a nine-game league schedule, though nothing is imminent. But the SEC idea is a new one.

The SEC is looking to finalize a scheduling format that will kick off for the 2016 season, when the SEC and ACC will be the only major conferences without a nine-game schedule. The SEC is also considering a similar agreement with the Big 12, but these types of deals have occurred in the past without ever coming to fruition.

The plus-one idea is still in the discussion phase, however, and at least one source told ESPN it’s unlikely all SEC programs would voice support.

The SEC source said 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.

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