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Sources tell TCI, new playoff could lead Notre Dame to joining ACC

No Power Five Conference has more to gain with the new College Football Playoff format than the ACC.

Why is that the case?

Because this might be the decision that finally forces Notre Dame to join a conference.

In its recommendation to the CFP management committee on Thursday, the sub-committee did not give Notre Dame or any Independent an opportunity at a first-round bye in the new playoff. Only conference champions will be eligible for a first-round bye.

“That is a big incentive for Notre Dame to join the conference. That is a huge thing that we are tracking,” a source inside the ACC told The Clemson Insider.