A Doomsday Scenario For the ACC–MrSEC Provides One
In the blogosphere, Mr. SEC is not someone to throw stuff at the walls. And it is not happening here. But the blog does have an article about how the Big XII and SEC could work together to kill off the ACC as a viable 5th big conference.
Part of the premise is that if the Big XII took Florida State, Louisville, Clemson, and Georgia Tech (along with say Miami and ND as a partial member for football), it could engage the SEC with a scheduling agreement. That way the Florida, Kentucky, South Carolina, and Georgia schools would continue playing each other, while Missouri-Kansas, Texas-A&M, etc., could be renewed. The question that begs is who that helps? The in-state rivalry games are going to happen. The difference between calling them “out-of-conference” and “out-of-conference, but part of the scheduling agreement” is minimal. That still only leaves a certain number of games for other opponents. In the meantime, we’d never get to see Florida-Texas or LSU-Florida State, because Florida-FSU would be playing every year in the “alliance game.”
This is not to say that the Big 10, Big XII, and SEC could not figure out a number of ways to divide up the ACC. The bottom line is that being Syracuse and Wake Forest right now is not fun. Not much room for private schools in the top 4 conferences. So a viable ACC is needed to sit at the adults table. At least BC and Pitt occasionally show up elsewhere in some doomsday scenarios.
Really, unless the ACC moves to a Grant of Rights, the expansion issue is going to loom. Otherwise, the Big XII has a relative strength advantage over the ACC. And that makes the ACC a target.
What is your opinion?