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For Virginia Tech, it would be a biennial game vs. a geographically close opponent with no doubt great and classy fans. It would be a game we'd win 9 out of 10 times but it would at least be better than playing Duke or half the ACC in any given year.
ND will NOT be joining a conference for football any time soon. they've been bad for 20 years, and their TV ratings and bowl committee draw haven't suffered one bit.
"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
I can't fathom ND agreeing to a 9-game conference schedule. Which is what you would have with a 16-team conference. ND would need room to schedule USC, a service academy, and a Big-10 team or other quality opponent every year, while still getting 6-7 home games every year. They might be able to accomplish that with an 8-game ACC schedule, but not a 9-game one. And an 8-game conference schedule within a 16-team conference creates complications. With two 8-team divisions, you would get only one cross-divisional opponent per year, which means the elimination of a permanent cross-division rival and playing those teams once every 8 years or twice every 16. That would mean VT could go 14 years without playing Maryland.
At the end of the day, I think if the ACC gets ND it should stand pat on everything (scheduling, bowl splits, etc.) but give in on the NBC tv deal. At the very least it would give the ACC broadcast TV exposure in all 50 states.