Conferences May Keep Rivalries Alive with 'Plus One' Model

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The college football world is fighting to keep well-established rivalries alive despite the season being shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CBS Sports reported Wednesday that a number of conferences are considering a “plus one” scheduling model that would allow teams to play certain rivalry games even if college sports move to conference-only schedules this fall.

"As we stand here today, what I believe with our conversations with commissioner [Greg] Sankey, the SEC, the Big 12 and the ACC are on the same page as far as our collective desire to be patient before making any decisions," Arkansas athletics director Hunter Yurachek said last week, according to CBS Sports. "You look at some of the in-state rivalries that exist, especially between the SEC and the ACC, it makes sense that Clemson should play South Carolina, Georgia should play Georgia Tech and Florida should play Florida State. Just eliminating those games because you want to play a conference-only schedule, at least at this point, does not make a great deal of sense."

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