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ACC Gifts Notre Dame, Clemson Easy Path to Championship Game and CFB Playoff

It’s 2020. That apparently means there are no rules.

On Tuesday evening, the ACC announced it would reschedule a few of its games set for Dec. 12. That decision was ultimately made to “preserve the integrity of the ACC Football Championship Game,” according to conference officials.

Here is the main takeaway from the statement:

Following a recommendation from the conference Athletic Director football subcommittee, the league’s Athletic Directors have voted to preserve the integrity of the ACC Football Championship Game by evaluating each of the three teams in contention (Clemson, Miami and Notre Dame) based on a nine-game conference schedule. As a result, Clemson and Notre Dame will conclude the regular season this weekend.

Wake Forest, which was scheduled to play Notre Dame on Dec. 12, will now play at Louisville. Florida State will play host to Duke on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Florida State will travel to Wake Forest on Dec. 19.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has been vocal about not wanting the Florida State game rescheduled, and it looks like the conference will grant him his wish. And to make things fair, that also means letting Notre Dame out of its game against Wake Forest on Dec. 12.

This move allows both teams, who are currently the heavy favorites to represent the ACC in the championship game, to have the week off prior to their rematch. Notre Dame beat Clemson 47-40 in OT a few weeks ago, a game in which Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence did not play due to COVID.

This means that Notre Dame has officially clinched a spot in the title game, and Clemson is close to being a lock as well. The Miami Hurricanes, who are 7-1 and ranked No. 10, can’t be happy about this decision, but what can you do?

Guess what else this move does for the ACC? It substantially increases its odds of getting two teams in the College Football Playoffs. If Clemson beats Notre Dame in the rematch, it is almost a foregone conclusion.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.

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