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ACC agrees to 8-game football schedule, two primary partners in basketball

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The ACC football schedule will remain at eight games, the ACC announced Wednesday, after its league meetings in Boston.

And the N.C. State-North Carolina basketball rivalry is officially safe.

The ACC had planned on going to a nine-game football schedule in 2013, with the addition of Syracuse and Pittsburgh, but with a new agreement with Notre Dame, which will play five ACC games each season, that plan was scrapped. The league will stay at an eight-game conference season for football.

In basketball, the league is going to an 18-game schedule this season and it will remain that way when Syracuse and Pitt join next season and when Notre Dame joins the league, likely after the 2014-15 season.

The ACC will go back to having two "primary partners" in basketball, which means N.C. State and UNC will continue to play home-and-home games, as they have since 1919.

Under the previous agreement, which was made before Notre Dame agreed in September to join the league in all sports except football, there would have been only one primary partner. UNC and Duke were set to be primary partners under the old agreement.

Instead, N.C. State will be primary partners with Wake Forest and UNC. UNC's parters are State and Duke and Duke's partners with UNC and Wake.

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Joe Giglio covers the ACC for the News & Observer, where he has worked since 1997.