ACC keeps 8-game schedule

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. -- The Atlantic Coast Conference will remain at eight league games, commissioner John Swofford said Monday from the ACC's spring meetings.

The league's athletic directors voted to remain at eight conference games, but teams must play at least one nonconference game against a team from a Power 5 conference starting in 2017.

The ACC already has a scheduling agreement where five league teams will play Notre Dame annually. Those games would count toward teams' nonconference Power 5 commitments.

Swofford said schools could continue to schedule FCS opponents. He added that it hadn't been determined if independents BYU and Army (Navy joins the Big East in 2015) would count toward the nonconference Power 5 commitment.

There had been growing momentum in recent months toward moving to nine conference games, as ADs began to rethink their options with the upcoming College Football Playoff as well as imbalanced division crossover slates. The vote ended up 8-6 in favor of staying at eight. All the league needs is a simple majority to make its decisions.