Friday Q&A: October 28, 2011

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ACC bowl tie-ins, scripted plays and the offensive line are all major topics
in today’s Friday Q&A. Would the breakup of the Big East help the ACC’s bowl
situation? It would certainly create better matchups for the ACC Champion in the
Orange Bowl.

1) What’s the bowl situation for an expanded ACC? Would it gain at expense of
Big East and Big 12?

Chris Coleman: Great question. Everyone assumes that this whole
realignment thing is moving college football towards a playoff, but what if it
doesn’t? Or what if we are still 10-15 years away from a playoff? In the next
couple of years, we are going to see some major changes in the bowl games, I
think.

Let’s go ahead and operate under the assumption that the Big East is going to
cease to exist a relevant 1-A football conference, and that they don’t keep
their BCS bowl berth. The Big East also has bowl tie-ins to the Champs Sports
Bowl and the Belk Bowl, and they play ACC teams in both of those game. That
means those bowls would have to find new opponents for the ACC.

If I had to guess, I’d say the Champs Sports Bowl would get a Big Ten team.
They have a prior relationship with that conference. I could see the Belk Bowl
going with the SEC. Even if none of the other bowls change, I think the changes
to the Champs Sports Bowl and the Belk Bowl would be better for the ACC.

But here is something that nobody is talking about … if the Big East ceases
to exist, then that lessens the chance that the Hokies or any other ACC team
will be stuck with playing a boring Big East team in the Orange Bowl. If the Big
East does lose their BCS bid, then I assume that bid would become an at-large
bid, which is a good thing.

In short, that would mean a Michigan State, a Nebraska, an Oregon, an
Arkansas or a Wisconsin in the Orange Bowl, rather than a Cincinnati or a
Louisville. I think it’s safe to say that we would all be in favor of that.

For what it’s worth, the Big East appears to be as good as dead. West
Virginia is officially going to the Big 12, while Pitt and Syracuse are headed
to the ACC. That leaves Cincinnati, Rutgers, Louisville, UConn and South Florida
in the Big East. That league just needs to fold up its football tent and
concentrate on basketball. Perhaps combine with the top four teams from the A-10
to form a super northeast basketball

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