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ACC football teams likely must play power-league foe starting in 2017

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By Staff Reports
Monday, May 12, 2014, 7:09 p.m.

ACC commissioner John Swofford announced a football initiative Monday that will require each school beginning in 2017 to play one nonconference game per season against Notre Dame or a team from either the Big Ten, SEC, Big 12 or Pac 12.

Athletic directors also recommended at their spring meetings in Amelia Island, Fla., to keep the conference schedule at eight games instead of expanding to nine. Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said last week he supports staying at eight.

Notre Dame will continue to play five ACC teams per season.

“Having Notre Dame as a part of our scheduling rotation puts us in a little different situation than the other conferences,” Swofford said.

Pitt has scheduled six future nonconference games against Penn State (2016-19) and Oklahoma State (2016-17).

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