Scheduling trouble up ahead. According to CBS Sports Brett McMurphy, the ACC's Atlantic Division will play an extra home game in odd numbered years.
"Swofford: ACC 9 game ACC schedule when Pitt/SU join; Atlantic will have 5 home games in odd yrs; Coastal 5 home games in even yrs"
As we noted a few weeks ago, this is not good news for Boston College, particularly when it comes to the 2014 slate of games. If the schedule stays the way it is today, the Eagles would have just five home games in 2014 -- a home date with USC, a road game at UMass in Foxborough and a neutral site contest against Army at Yankee Stadium to go with just four ACC home games and five road games.
If having just five home games in a season isn't bad enough, the fact that one of those four ACC home games will be on a Friday night makes the 2014 schedule an epic fail. To recap, that's at most four Saturday home games (three ACC games and USC), at least one Friday night ACC home game, five ACC road games, a game at Gillette Stadium and a game at Yankee Stadium. Yikes.
The worst part is there isn't much room to move games around to make things work. The program isn't going to get out of the USC series, just inked its three-game deal with UMass and cancelling on Army and an opportunity to play in a major alumni center seems un-patriotic.
Ironically, this scheduling decision was made to cater to the two ACC programs which can't leave the conference soon enough. At this point, our only hope of getting a half-decent schedule in 2014 is if Florida State and friends bolt, allowing the conference to either re-format the future scheduling model or redraw the conference's divisional lines.