Three Divisions for ACC Football?
With the likely elimination of the strict championship game rules, the table is set for the ACC to go way out of its way to make football more competitive. In fact, one option is to go to three divisions. From there, the two best teams could play for the ACC Championship. The Confidential loves this idea. First, it paves the way for ND football to be more intertwined with ACC football. Second, it increases the likelihood that the two best ACC teams play for the right to move on to the playoffs. Here are the Confidential’s other thoughts…
First, let’s take ND off the table. They are not going to join full-time. Yet.
Second, but ND does have a 5-game requirement. If you have three 5-team divisions, then ND can just play one division every year.
Third, we need a 15th school. How about UCONN? Middling football, but pretty good 16th basketball school. The ACC just took in $35M from a nice hoops showing. If so, that leads to this:
- South: Florida State, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami, Wake Forest
- North: Louisville, Syracuse, Pitt, BC, UConn
- Central: UVA, Va Tech, UNC, Duke, NC State
Play your own division (4 games) and two from each other division (4 more games) for 8 conference games, 9 if you play Notre Dame. Of course, if ND was willing to bump up to 6 conference games (in exchange for being considered for the ACC championship game), they could just play 2 teams from each division. That would be interesting also.
Fourth, is Division 1 stacked and Wake Forest screwed? Yes and yes. Is Division 2 potentially weak? Probably. But if Va Tech is off its game still and Duke regresses to the mean, Division 3 may be even weaker.
Finally, does any of this matter? No. The two best teams based on overall record could and should play for it all, regardless of division. It could be FSU and Clemson in a rematch. It could be Duke and BC. It could be Notre Dame and someone else. Who knows?
What do you think? If divisional requirements are relaxed, what if anything do you want the ACC to do?