The Confidential is not very sympathetic to much of what Florida State complains about. For the most part, they blame the ACC for their own inability to field a top 10 team. The ACC leadership is merely a scapegoat. HOWEVER, Florida State does have a legitimate issue regarding the zipper-format that the ACC has used to divide the teams into divisions. The Confidential renews its plea for the ACC leadership to apply a logical division of the teams primarily based on geography and school type.
As you know, the ACC is currently divided into the following divisions:
Atlantic: Clemson, Florida State, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, Boston College, Maryland, Syracuse (in 2013?)
Coastal: Georgia Tech, Miami, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh (2013)
We know these are right because they have been researched. Yes, one has to check the standings to keep this straight. If ACC fans and followers have to double-check to know for sure, just think how outsiders consider the ACC.
The logical solution is to do a more pure geographical distribution:
North: BC, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pitt, Syracuse, and Miami
South: NC, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, FSU, and Clemson
That is easy to remember. It’s the northern schools, plus Miami (a northern school in character). Play 6 games, plus 2-3 cross-divisional games. Lock-in certain rivalries: Miami-FSU, Virginia-North Carolina, maybe a few others. Or give everyone a locked-in opponent: BC-Duke, Syracuse-Wake Forest, Miami-FSU, Clemson-Va Tech, Georgia Tech-Pitt, Maryland-NC State, North Carolina-Virginia. And then play 1-2 other cross-divisional games. One could even rotate the “locked-in” game periodically, so that Duke-Syracuse and BC-Wake Forest could play each other. And so on.
The upshot is that FSU gets games against the three southern-most schools–which is good for attendance, TV ratings, and strength of schedule. All rivalries are preserved. And the world can keep the division straights. Everyone plays a ton of geographically logical games. Only Miami loses geographically, but it renews rivalries with Syracuse, Pitt, and BC. This is what we call a win-win. Making FSU happy is not a bad bonus either. So… ACC leadership… the plea has been renewed. Make it happen!