"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
Another possibility is if the NCAA holds on to the notion that divisions must play a round robin schedule, then that could open up the door for the ACC to push to have the bylaws re-written so that a conference could have more than 2 divisions (essentially add an extra round to the CCG). If that happens, then you could see the ACC push to expand to 16 schools, so it could divide up into 4 divisions.
If divisions become meaningless and an ACC game is going to be played the first Saturday in December, let everybody in the conference play an ACC game the first saturday in December and the team with the best regular season record is crowned champion. That makes every ACC regular season game important, you'll never know when the conference championship is "on the line" in any given game.
The hype of the conference championship game pitting the divisional champs no matter the overall regular season records is an idea I have disliked from the beginning (even when the Big12 or SEC started to play one). The 2nd time we play BC is more important than the first, a 6-3 record gets the trophy over a 7-2 record because of when a game is played, a 5-3 teams gets to play for the championship over a 6-2 team only because it's in the other division, the game played on the 1st Saturday is the most important ACC game of the season - only because the powers that be say it is.
OK - carry on. I'm done.
Wonder if this change will be called The Duke Rule?
Duke getting to go to the championship game made Swofford take action?
Clemson ended up with a BCS bid anyway, so I don't see any harm done and FSU had already killed them in the regular season.
This idea is utterly stupid unless you just abolish the divisions like its done in basketball. Need an NCAA rule change to do it. We'll see if it happens. I just wonder if one could get around current rule by re-aligning divisions every year. I'd honestly rather see this: re-do divisions based on prior seasons ranking along the line of seeds moving teams necessary to create balanced divisions and putting 1 & 2 in separate divisions. continue to require all teams play everyone in division. Play 9 conference games fill rest of games based on best TV match ups and preservation of traditional rivalries. Having divisions when winning it means nothing and membership does not dictate schedule and help develop rivalries over time is pointless! Also, If this is such a great idea why doesn't the SEC want to do it the west has been dominate for them of late ALA,AUB,LSU,etc. ?
There might actually be something to that. The SEC didn't get great because they were scheduling to make sure their best teams avoided competition. I mean think about it. You allow all 4 of those schools relatively easy including tough but winnable OOC games, early on, a relatively easy conference slate for them all leading up to the last month of the season where you see all 4 go head to head. Whoever comes out on top has an incredibly inflated ranking, and if you play it right, all will be ranked high going into that stretch, so nobody should fall THAT far with the losses.
"I love it when you guys try to write off a Frank Beamer team -- no one is going to win this conference without Virginia Tech having some sort of say in it." - David Cutcliffe
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