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If the ACC opts to go the pod route, then I don't see the ACC

using a 3-1 split for the 4 NC schools. Not only does it increase the potential for artificial pairings between the 2 pods, it creates a potential recruiting disadvantage by limiting the access to the important recruiting states. If the ACC decides to shift to pods, then I believe it will be 1 of 3 options:

1. Strictly regional which means the 4 NC schools in 1 pod;
2. Placing 2 NC schools in 2 pods and pairing those 2 pods together; or
3. Use a zipper model by placing 1 school from each region or state (in the case of NC) so all 4 pods have the same access.

If the ACC goes with Option 3, then it could fill in the pods based on natural pairings between the schools while preserving as many of the important rivalries as possible.

Pod A: Notre Dame, Pitt, Wake, GT
Pod B: Louisville, WVU, NC State, Clemson
Pod D: Syracuse, VT, Duke, Miami

Pairings: A-B and C-D (teams are placed in order who they are paired with from the other division).

I don't believe the ACC will ever be able to come up with 4 pods that are competitively equal to each other without sacrificing rivalries. Since rivalries is what generates a buzz among fans, then the ACC should use that as its focal point. Purely regional rivalries will generate the most buzz, but it also means that 3 pods will have less access to the southeast region and I don't think the coaches will want to reduce the among of access they have to SC/GA/FL.

(In response to this post by HOO86)

Posted: 09/05/2017 at 3:23PM


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  What's in it for Louisville? ** -- Maroon Baboon 09/05/2017 6:34PM
  The Big 12? -- surroundedbyhokies 09/08/2017 2:30PM
  Hopefully a death penalty... ** -- tcc_dc 09/05/2017 7:36PM
  2 divisions like this -- realityhokie 09/05/2017 4:08PM
  No thanks. -- marcbvtgm 09/05/2017 11:00AM
  Re: No thanks. -- Millpoint 09/05/2017 12:06PM
  Nice straw man. So ACC should compound mistakes? -- marcbvtgm 09/06/2017 6:25PM
  I disagree that WVU would be another NC State. -- VTHokie2000 09/13/2017 1:30PM
  Re: No thanks. -- Stech 09/06/2017 07:29AM
  The few people on this particular board... -- marcbvtgm 09/06/2017 6:18PM
  Re: The few people on this particular board... -- Stech 09/06/2017 6:35PM
  100% agree! ** -- realityhokie 09/05/2017 09:03AM
  If we were in pods...... -- TVLander 09/04/2017 8:35PM
  Re: If we were in pods...... -- HOO86 09/05/2017 10:06AM
  The key would be UVA; who non concurs with WVU -- Mercury 09/04/2017 9:44PM
  Re: The key would be UVA; who non concurs with WVU -- Millpoint 09/05/2017 12:43PM
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  Re: If we were in pods -- Millpoint 09/04/2017 9:13PM
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  Trade BC for WVU ** -- WestyHokie 09/04/2017 7:31PM
  I agree with you 100% Stech! Save this in your files. LOL -- Old Line Hokie 09/04/2017 11:33AM
  VT can play them more often OOC ** -- hokeyhokie 09/04/2017 10:38AM
  I'd support this being the OOC opener every year. -- Maroon Baboon 09/04/2017 10:40AM
  Congratulations on the win! That was exciting! -- HOO86 09/04/2017 10:33AM
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  Dang straight -- Hamburger 09/04/2017 05:36AM

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