ACC Set To Officially Welcome SMU, Cal, Stanford

June 27, 2024 by Staff

The 2024 ACC Football season kicks off with a pair of games in Week Zero as Florida State and Notre Dame duke it out at the Aer Lingus College Football Classic in Dublin, Ireland at Noon eastern time, and newcomer SMU visits Nevada at 8 pm.

SMU is one of three schools migrating to the ACC this season. The Mustangs are joined by Cal and Stanford from the basically defunct PAC-12.

That brings the roster of teams in the ACC to 17 schools, not including the several games Notre Dame plays each year against ACC foes and participates in the ACC's affiliated bowl games.

Currently, the ACC Champion odds at favor Florida State (+270) to repeat as champions after Clemson had won seven of the previous eight titles. Pittsburgh ended a six-year Clemson run in 2021, but the Tigers returned to the top in 2022.

Clemson (+400) has the 2nd-best ACC Championship odds, followed by Miami (+440).

Virginia Tech (+1200) is considered by many to be a dark-horse contender as head coach Brent Pry seems to be quickly turning things around in Blacksburg. The Hokies return 22 starters this season.

The three new additions are all down the list with SMU (+1800) holding the 7th-best odds, followed by Cal (+10000) 10th and Stanford (+50000) a distant last.

Even with the rosy prediction, the Florida State win total is set at just at 9.5 with the wagers paying the same amount for the Under or Over (-110). The 'Noles have the 11th-best odds of winning the National Championship (+2800).

The ACC Network will commemorate the official introductions of the three new members with on-site celebration programming throughout the summer. ACC PM will be live from Dallas as SMU is officially welcomed into the conference on Monday, July 1, and ACC Football Road Trip will visit Stanford on Wednesday, July 31 and Cal on Friday, Aug. 2 as both schools officially join the ACC on August 2.

  • ACC PM live from Dallas, July 1
  • ACC Football Road Trip visits Stanford (July 31) & Cal (August 2)

On Monday, July 1, ACCN will be live from the Happiest Hour in Dallas with ACC PM airing from 5-7:30 p.m. ET, as fans, alumni, students and more celebrate SMU’s first day in the conference. Mark Packer and Taylor Tannebaum host with ACC Huddle’s Eric Mac Lain and Nothing But Net’s Ivory Latta joining to provide perspective and insights. ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips as well as SMU coaches, administrators and student-athletes are expected to make guest appearances on the show from the Happiest Hour, while special Cal and Stanford guests will join the show virtually. ACC PM is ACCN’s signature weekday studio show.

Fans in attendance at the July 1 celebration will have the opportunity to take a photo with the ACC Football Championship trophy, pose at the ACC Huddle studio desk and enjoy special ACCN-themed menu items at the Happiest Hour.

All three schools will participate in ACC Network programming live from Charlotte during ACC Kickoff July 22-25. SMU will be highlighted during ACC Huddle on Monday, July 22, while Cal and Stanford will be showcased on Tuesday, July 23.

ACCN will make its first West Coast swing beginning on July 31, with a visit to Stanford and continuing August 2 at Cal as both schools officially become ACC members on August 2. ACC Football Road Trip is a one-hour show previewing each team’s upcoming season alongside exclusive interviews with head coaches and student-athletes and showcasing unique aspects of both programs. Tannebaum, former Virginia Tech wide receiver Eddie Royal and former Florida Statequarterback EJ Manuel will be the ACCN team onsite from both campuses.

ACC Football Road Trip will also visit SMU on Tuesday, August 6 with Tannebaum, Mac Lain and Manuel onsite in Dallas.