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New ACC schedule format partners BC, Notre Dame, and Syracuse

Posted by Julian Benbow, Globe Staff  October 3, 2012 02:11 PM

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With the additions of Pittsburg, Syracuse and Notre Dame, the Atlantic Coast Conference today released its future scheduling format designed to reinforcing several of the conference rivalries in major sports.

Teams will play an 18-game conference schedule in men's and women's basketball, each school facing a conference team at least once and two partner schools twice both home and away. The other 14 conference games will consist of home-and-away sets with two rotating opponents and then five home-only opponents and five road-only opponents.

Boston College's partner schools will be Notre Dame and Syracuse.

The ACC tournament will remain the same, while in the ACC/Big Ten challenge, the schools with the top 12 RPI from the previous season will participate.

With the Irish playing five games a year against ACC schools, the conference will continue to play an eight game league schedule for 2013 and beyond. Save for the 2005 season, the Eagles football team has faced Notre Dame every season since 1992.

They've lost the last three and trail the all-time series 9-12. The Irish will be off the schedule the next two years with the Eagles playing Southern Cal home and away. The series will pick up again in 2015.

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