Am I correct in saying that with your plan, everyone will play everyone in a four-year cycle in we play 9 games but not 8? It also looks like NC State will miss UNC twice in a four-year. Correct?
If so, maybe we could move the teams round somehow fix that. I just don't want to see the UNC-NCSt series be discontinued.
The big problem the way I see it is that UNC has 3 games that need to be preserved and UVa has two and one of them is with each other. That's a lot to work around.
Maybe I'm wrong but with my plan everyone will play everyone in a TWO-year cycle. And we can do it with 8 conference games. ACC is a 14 team conference, so each team has 13 foes. If each team has 3 rivalry game which plays every year, that leaves 10 foes for 5 open slots (if we have a 8 conference games). So we can play everyone in a two year cycle.
For odd years UNC will play
UVA, VT, Duke, Miami, BC ,CUSE, UL, WFU
For even years, UNC will play
UVA, VT, Duke, FSU, Clemson, GT, Pitt, NC State
For odd years UVA will play
UNC, VT, Duke, Miami, BC ,CUSE, Pitt, NC State
For even years, UVA will play
UNC, VT, Duke, FSU, Clemson, GT, UL, WFU
For odd years UL will play
Pitt, WFU, NC State, FSU, Clemson, GT, VT, UNC
For even years, UL will play
Pitt, WFU, NC State, Miami, BC ,CUSE, Duke, UVA
VT - UNC, UVA, Duke
UVA - UNC, VT, Duke
Duke - UNC, VT, UVA
UNC - VT, UVA, Duke
WFU - NC state, UL, Pitt
NC State - WFU, UL, Pitt
UL -WFU, NC state, Pitt
Pitt - WFU, NCSTATE, UL
Miami - BC, Cuse, FSU (cross rival)
BC - Miami, Cuse, clemson (cross rival)
Cuse - Miami, BC, GT (cross rival)
FSU - Miami (cross rival), Clemson, GT
Clemson - Miami, GT, BC (cross rival)
GT - Miami, Clemson, Cuse (cross rival)
With my example, NC state and UNC series will have to be discontinued. UNC can have UVA, Duke, and NC state. But then UVA-VT rivalry will be discontinued...
Not sure if that will work without some tweak. Florida teams will have only 7 conference games.
I'm not a math major but I think the following may work:
3 anchor teams on each division. And 2 pods of four teams switching a division each year. Each anchor team will have one cross rival, and rotate a team from the other anchor team. Each team in a pod will play two teams in the other pod.
Pod 1 Pod 2
Pod 1: VT, UVA, UNC, Duke
Pod 2: UL, Pitt, WFU, NC State
For odd years VT will play
UVA, UNC, Duke, Miami, BC ,CUSE, UL, WFU
For even years, VT will play
UVA, UNC, Duke, FSU, Clemson, GT, Pitt, NC State
For odd years, Miami will play
BC, Cuse, VT, UNC, UVA, Duke, FSU, Clemson
For even years, Miami will play,
BC, Cuse, UL, Pitt, WFU, NC State, FSU, GT
Each team will have three guaranteed rivalry games (every year matchup), and will play all conference foes at least once a two years. Would it work?
I could work. It's a variation of the 4 POD idea. In the 4 POD scenario, the Florida Teams would have 8 games. Each of them would have a designated Rival in each POD as well. They would play the 2 PODS in their division for 6 games and each of the designated rivals in the other 2 PODS in the opposite Division for 8 games.
Any of these are better than 7 team divisions where you only play a team from the other Division once in 6 years.