ACC sticking with 8-game football slate
NEEDHAM, Mass. - The Atlantic Coast Conference dropped a plan to play nine conference football games starting next season and revised its scheduling setup for basketball with the addition of Notre Dame. The league announced in February it would have a nine-game football schedule once Pittsburgh and Syracuse moved from the Big East. But with Notre Dame to play five games against ACC teams every season, starting no later than 2015, conference leaders decided to stick with an eight-game schedule. The league also planned an 18-game basketball schedule with teams having a primary partner that they played twice every season. ACC teams will now have two primary partners, a move that will ensure annual home-and-away matchups between longtime rivals such as North Carolina and North Carolina State; Virginia and Maryland; and Pittsburgh and Syracuse. Those programs were guaranteed to play just once a year before Wednesday's announcement, which came after the league's fall business meetings.GEORGIA: The fifth-ranked Bulldogs are dealing with a big loss heading into their SEC showdown against South Carolina. Michael Bennett, Georgia's leading receiver, tore the ACL in his right knee in practice and is out for the year, coach Mark Richt said. The third-year sophomore leads Georgia (5-0, 3-0 SEC) with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns.