Once the game is moved back into Thanksgiving weekend, it has to compete with a lot of more entertaining football. Doubt the game will bring the same ratings it gets as the only game played the second week of December.
Also, how to handle Army and Navy basketball in the ACC? Even VT will feast on them, almost as badly as Cuse, UNC,and Duke will.
BCS level college football is a resource war, not a morality play.
The interesting thing will be if DoD and the schools don't want the same thing. For example DoD wants Army and Navy to join the ACC as full members, but the schools only want to become football-only members. Another interesting scenario would be if Dod, Army, and Navy all want the same thing, but it doesn't align with the ACC's desires. If the ACC wants them to join as full members, but they want to only join as football-only members, then could Congress and/or any state governments get involved in the discussions?
The only reason I raise that question is because I can see things potentially getting very political when it comes to dealing with the service academies. If the Power 5 form their own subdivision, then it would not shock me if the Mountain West (because of Air Force's membership) becomes the de facto #6 conference with Army and Navy ending up in the ACC. If you think about it, it could be one reason why the AAC asked Navy to join as a football-only member. Not only would the conference be able to hold a CCG, but it should mean a seat at the power table since Congress/DoD will not allow the services academies to be left out in the cold. Whether the service academies should be included is a whole another debate; which the AAC, Mountain West, and whomever ends up with Army may not realy about because they are more interested in surviving and making sure their revenue stream does not dry up.
I think too many people here see the "partial membership" thing as bad because it WAS bad when it was applied to Virginia Tech. But the big -- huge, actually -- difference is that we didn't WANT to be partial. That's why it was an issue. If there are teams that WANT partial membership, then it can very well be workable.
I think by doing this, we would have all but secured Notre Dame as a full member -- including football -- in the very near future. When they were ready to join in full we would have our pick of teams to join with them to get to 16 -- who wouldn't want to come into the conference at the same time as Notre Dame? That would have given us 16 in football but just 15 in the other big sports, which actually isn't a big deal since none of them use divisions.
I think you're right in that Army and Navy football will be protected when/if The Big One hits. Given Notre Dame's unique ties to Navy, I think the ACC will end up as the final destination anyway.
Lehigh - full member
Lafayette - full member
Bucknell - full member
Holy Cross - full member
Colgate - full member
Fordham - partial member *ineligible for conference championship because it has scholarships
Georgetown - partial member *eligible for conference championship because it doesn't have scholarships