What does preseason prediction have to do with anything? My only reason to rotate teams regularly is so they PLAY each other regularly. As of now, we see teams way too infrequently. And having 15 teams will just make it worse.
Moreover making divisions based on preseason predictions would be a fool's errand for sure. And in fact, I reject the idea that there needs to be perfect competitive balance between the divisions. But having the two best programs in the same division is unhealthy.
I'm speaking more broadly than W-L in the last decade wrt Clemson. I'm talking fanbase, stadium size, football gravitas, etc.
If you were on the fence about buying season tix, and you knew Clemson was coming to town every other year, this might help you make your decision in the affirmative. Especially if the alternative were a team that has had equal success in the last decade (like BC), but is less desirable an opponent.
I also understand you position about not wanting to be in the old BE again, but this would be a good way to preserve rivalries.
That said, the ACC should model their CG after the PAC-12.
OOPS, made a mistake. I meant to say FSU in NEW ACC division. In other words, the Old ACC division would be pre-1990s expansion. This would also satisfy my main point of having Clemson and FSU in separate divisions. Sorry for the confusion.
If that final weekend is scheduled for conference games, you would essentially have the entire final weekend up in the air until the week before. The worst case would be when all four pod winners had home game scheduled for the final weekend. Scheduling the final weekend at the last minute would be exceedingly difficult.
There is a one way that I think might work. If you have two conferences - each with 16 schools - in scheduling partnership in which both conferences agree to leave 'TBD' OOC games for the final weekend, you could make this work. The 12 non-pod winners would of course have to allocate the final weekend as a home or away game, and the conferences could agree to match up the 'aways' from one conference with the 'homes' from the other.
I think that would be really interesting, particularly in that fans wouldn't know until the last minute who they get for the final weekend. There would be a problem if too many schools in both conferences had home games allocated for the TBD weekend (i.e., 3 or 4 pod winners had away games for the TBD weekend), but there are a lot ways to compensate those schools who lost a home game.
The B1G and ACC could make this work. If Texas and Notre Dame join the ACC for football (dreams, I know), and the B1G grabs two more, we're in business.
Last edited by lawhokie; Sun May 19 2013 at 07:48 PM.