Imagine the ACC with Notre Dame and Navy
Once upon a time, the Confidential tossed around the idea of Navy as a suitable replacement for Maryland location-wise and as a partner with Notre Dame as the 15th and 16th teams. Obviously, Notre Dame is not ready for a conference, but they might start inching closer if they are 11-1 and outside the playoffs. The loss of a 13th game hurt the Big XII last year and could hurt Notre Dame this year–even with a win over Stanford. While everyone thinks UConn as team #16, and the Confidential has always thought West Virginia made even better sense than UConn, Navy has its merits too.
While it is apples and oranges, just look at these conference lineups based on current records:
Notre Dame 10-1
Wake Forest 3-8
Boston College 3-8
North Carolina 10-1
Florida State 9-2
NC State 7-4
Virginia Tech 5-6
Georgia Tech 3-8
Play your division and 2-rotating crossovers for 9 conference games.
Notre Dame/Navy play anyway, so that just becomes a 6th conference game, leaving 3 OOC games for Notre Dame to schedule a B1G opponent, USC, and one more opponent.
Permanent Crossover Opponents: Do you really need them? Does Miami need that game against FSU that badly? FSU already has Florida. More than enough rivalry games there.
Sucks to be Wake Forest, as they are stuck outside of the South. Miami, also stuck outside of the South, belongs tethered with the other private schools (except Duke).