The ACC plays 8 conference games and 4 Non-Conference (NC) tilts! The Atlantic Coast, just like the Southeastern Conference, play one fewer conference game than the B-10, B-12 & PAC-12, who all play 9. This has been discussed as an area that needs to be looked at, in terms of equality within the Power 5 (P5) conferences!
We color code are conference page: Red Dot for a conference game, Yellow Dot for P5 game, Green Dot for NC G5 opponent, & Blue Dot for FCS conference team.
The ACC has 14 teams in their league and divided into 2 divisions, Atlantic & Coastal.
The Atlantic consists of: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, NC State, Syracuse, & Wake Forest.
The Coastal is made up of: Duke, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, & Virginia Tech!
The ACC has 112 conference games scheduled for the 2021 season. This league plays more games vs P5 opponents (24) than any other Power 5 Conference. The PAC 12 plays 16, SEC 15, B-10 14, & the B-12 battles 9 Power 5’s (TCU has 1 more opponent to schedule).
In should be noted, North Carolina is playing a conference opponent, Wake Forest, in a NC game. The reason being, these teams are in-state rivals and the lost gate revenue, in these, ‘strapped for cash’ economic environments make little to no sense.
As a result, on Sully’s College Football Page (SCFP) it looks as if UNC & WF are playing 9 conference games (9 Red dots, while the other 12 teams have 8), simply put, they are not! We count the UNC WF game, as 2 NC P5 games (WF 1 & UNC 1)!
ACC teams have scheduled 18 games vs Group of 5 (G5) Conferences and 14 dates with Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), The G5 & P5 are both part of the of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Conference plays 24 P5’s, 18 G5’s & 14 FCS teams for a total of 56 NC games.
The NCAA designation for DI teams is the FBS (85 scholarships) & the FCS (63 Scholarships). In fact, the terms P5 & G5 are not recognized by the NCCA and are really constructs, created by the 5 conferences (ACC, B-10, B-12, PAC-12, SEC) and Notre Dame.
The ACC plays the SEC 10 times & ND 5 times in the 2021 season. They take on the B-10 4 times, 2 games vs B-12, 1 against BYU (SCFP counts ND & BYU as P5 opponents), and the 23 game is the NC game (UNC vs WF) between 2 conference teams.
While the ACC is often viewed as the weakest of the Power 5 Conferences, it should be noted, at least, in my opinion, they play the best NC schedule of the P5 leagues!