The Atlantic Coast Conference will follow the lead of the Big Ten and cancel non-conference football games for the 2020 season, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to a report by Brett McMurphy of Stadium.
ACC football also expected to play conference-only games, sources told @Stadium. Last month, ACC commish John Swofford told @Stadium if Power 5 schools played conference-only schedules that ACC would assist Notre Dame with as many games as it needed
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 9, 2020
Notre Dame, an independent for football but an ACC member in other sports, will be permitted to retain its games against ACC opponents, commissioner John Swofford told the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
For Pitt, that means the Panthers will get to retain their scheduled game against Notre Dame at Heinz Field on Oct. 17. The Panthers will lose games against Miami University (Ohio) on Sept. 5, at Marshall on Sept. 12 and against Richmond on Sept. 19.
If the conference schedules are not re-worked in the aftermath of the conference’s decision, Pitt would open its season at home against Duke on Sept. 26.
The ACC has already decided to push back the start of its fall sports season for all schools and teams to Sept. 1, a decision that did not impact any previously scheduled football games.