Look, if you are an ACC fan, you better be nervous. While the new bowl announced on Friday is bad news for the ACC, the Florida State fans–already a delusional group–are jumping on this as the latest indication that the ACC sky is falling.
In truth, it does give FSU a reason other than money to want to jump. I mean, it would be great for them to take their 8-4 record to the Big XII and wonder who is going to play in the new bowl game that they will not qualify for. After all, a few million dollars does not buy wins. Unless you are cheating. Hmmm… I guess that does sound like Free Sneaker U. might be making a comeback. Maybe relevance will return for the Seminoles? Long live the 1990s.
So… what happens if the FSU fans get their way and head off to the Dust Bowl conference? Well, for one, none of us will have to listen to Florida State complain about their wookies being bent about every little thing that has ever not gone their way or might not go their way. Seriously, they are crying about having to play in a Thursday game? Good lord, grow a pair.
Still, gotta figure Clemson takes its delusional fanbase off to the midwest also. That leaves two ACC openings. Maybe even four.
My astute brother gets credit for this… but wouldn’t ESPN just love to find a new conference for UConn (near Bristol) and Central Florida (near Disney)? Throw in Louisville and South Florida. Now you are at 16 teams. Miami has not one, but two partners in Florida. Go to pods:
Way Up North: BC, UConn, Syracuse, Pitt
Deep South: Miami, USF, UCF, and Ga Tech
Southish: UNC, Duke, NC State, Wake Forest
Mideast: Virginia, Va Tech, Maryland, Louisville
Sure, the academics are non-starters for a few of these schools. But we are talking two very good basketball programs (UConn and Louisville) and two football programs with a ton of potential (USF and UCF). From Florida to Boston, the ACC would cover the map (except South Carolina, sigh).
Frankly, the Confidential is not sure that this is a worse football conference. I think most teams can hold West Virginia under 70 points. And UConn has been to a BCS bowl more recently than Florida State.
Especially if that is what ESPN wants…