While we're at it, 16 team football conference minus Wake/Duke & adding ND, UT, KU, OU.
Only division games count which gives schools flexibility to only have 7 conference games. You could do four team pods in lieu of static divisions.
I think you are diretionally correct, but I see UConn eventually making it to the ACC and a dark horse is Tulane. Tulane brings a new state, great academics and of course a visit to New Orleans...somthing Hokies know somehting about.
PS I heard ten years ago when VT was fighting to get into the ACC that ND would come full time to ACC football and VT would eventually get in the ACC. I also heard that Navy and Army would be in the top tier, but I don't know how they feel about the stipend that is coming to the top tier. Maybe they could be in for football only, but I am not sure the stipend is a fit for their philosophy and culture. I do know that the ACC wants to be known as the Big Conference Ivy and they needed the threat of losing FSU to get Louisville. I also know that the ACC will help Louisville bring up their academics and now with the latest comments about Louisville from tOSU president...it will probably happen faster.
The ACC should have thought big a decade ago. Should have taken most or all of the football schools when they took Miami/VT/BC.
I was also thinking recently that the B1G, if they were interested in doing it right, should have offered a bunch of ACC schools en bloc. Had they done that, the results might have been different.
play 9 league scheduled division games that count towards division standing. feel free to schedule an OOC game against any other league school to preserve annual rivalries, etc.
under this format, VT would play uva, UNC, NCSU and dook every year, and play the other 15 ACC schools home and home every 6 years. The league could even break up the home and homes (rotate division lineups every year instead of every other year) to ensure we play everyone at least once every 3 years and that no player ever graduates without facing every other conference member at least once.
dook and wake could schedule each other 4/6 years when they don't share a division. same with Clemson and NCSU, etc. If Clemson really fights this because of their annual USC-e game (essentially giving them 11 pre-determined games 4/6 years), we could swap NCSU and Wake and force UNC and NCSU to play the "extra" OOC game 4/6 years since neither of them has an OOC rival. just saying, within this framework, it could be done.
TT, Baylor, TCU, Iowa St could join the MWC and WVU could go back to the AAC. WVU and the MWC champ would likely be competing for the auto-bid into the access bowls more years than not.
"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
Thus, I think the odds of getting Kansas are long. Duke and UNC would wet their pants if we could, but it seems unlikely. I'm not sure what combination of five B12 schools the ACC could get that would include Kansas. Who knows? But three really good academic schools plus 2 not-so-much is a fair compromise to me.