While initial reports claimed that the ACC-Big Ten Challenge was a priority event being considered for a bubble scenario in Orlando, that apparently is not the case after all. According to CBS’s Jon Rothstein, sources have told him the annual inter-conference event is currently being planned to be played on campuses as usual this year.
Sources: The ACC/Big Ten Challenges is moving forward with the plan that it will be played on campus. Current target date is December 8th and 9th.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 23, 2020
The notable difference per his sources will be the event will be compressed to just two days. Normally the annual challenge is three days the last few years, although it was stretched over four in 2017. The annual event dates back to 1999 and features member schools from each conference facing off against each other.
While the Big Ten won last year’s challenge, overall the ACC owns the series with a 12-6-3 record. Only Purdue, Nebraska, and Penn State have winning records among the Big Ten teams. Former ACC member Maryland is a mere 1-5, having finally picked up their first win over a lackluster Notre Dame team last season. Pairings this year have not been announced yet for the challenge, but stay tuned as I will have my own list of ideal matchups from a fan perspective soon!