Huge Win for the ACC–Four Team Playoff In College Football on the Horizon?
For most folks who have been fretting over the future of the Atlantic Coast Conference, the monetary situation is scary enough. But when the SEC and Big XII announced their new bowl, there was legitimate concern that the national championship might arise out of a winner of that game versus the winner of the Rose Bowl. If so, there would be a mad scramble for teams to get into one of the big four conferences. The latest news is that the 11 conference commissioners, as well as the Notre Dame athletic director, have agreed to a four-team proposal that will select the best four teams, regardless of conference affiliation. As always, Frank the Tank has a great update.
To be sure, the university presidents will need to make the final decision. But it is doubtful that the presidents will decide to reject the commissioners’ suggestion and trigger conference realignment Armageddon. As previously noted on this blog, it is not even clear that adding teams to the top 4 conferences is financially viable. A school pretty much needs to be worth $40M-$5OM per year to allow each of the existing conference teams to get a $2M raise through the addition. And even if some schools are worth that, it is not clear that it is worth diluting the tight-knit, slow-growing conferences that are stable. This playoff structure gives the presidents an “out” for delaying realignment.
For the ACC, this should eliminate any real concern by the ever-whining Florida State fan base that they cannot be nationally competitive. It probably will not shut them up, but it should. If they can just learn how to win, they’ll be fine. The money is there.
And for the rest of the ACC teams, they remain in the national title picture. A 13-0 ACC team WILL be in a playoff. Heck, even a 13-0 Big East team will probably qualify. Like Florida State, it is just up to the ACC teams to go out and win games.