So much flirting, so much disappointment. Indeed, after more than 10 years of the ACC contemplating an overhaul of its football schedule, an approach that we believe is when we see it is advised.
But here at the Conference’s Annual Spring Meetings there is – dare we say it? Momentum to craft a model in which teams play each other more than once. Quite the concept of the novel, ey?
Most likely form: Three annual competitors will be assigned to each of the league’s 14 teams. The remaining ten competitors in the conference will rotate to the schedule every other season, five days, five days.
Translation: Each of the other thirteen ACC teams plays at least once every two years, in your court at least once every four seasons.
3-5-5 [model] Miami Athletic Director Dan Radjakovic said Tuesday after the announcements met with the league’s soccer coaches and ACC commissioner Jim Phillips. “…we are closer to the end than the beginning at that.
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“We need to talk a little more to our TV partners [ESPN] To see what they’re thinking, run it through the car wash again.”
No decision is expected before those meetings are lifted Thursday morning, but Radjakovic said there is still plenty of time to agree to the changes before the 2023 season. Meanwhile, the NCAA Division I Council is preparing to erase an old 1987 rule that requires 12 conferences At least one team to form teams in order to organize a football tournament match.
ACC’s new format will be much better than the current schedule. With seven-team Atlantic and Coastal teams, you’ll play in each season of your six competitors, plus one opponent crossover. Then your eighth conference game will be played between the other six teams in the corresponding division.
Translation: ACC programs face nearly half of their league competitors, six out of 13, only once every six seasons, once every ten years at home.
That’s why Florida State hasn’t played at Virginia Tech since 2012. That’s why Virginia’s trip to Syracuse this season will be the Cavaliers’ first since Orange joined the ACC in 2013. That’s why North Carolina and Wake Forest played a conference without a home and home conference in 2019 and 21.
“I don’t have a strong flair one way or the other, but what I love is playing teams more often,” said Bo Corrigan, NC State athletics director. [Duke] It is, to be generous, say 30 miles, and play each other twice in 12 years.”
In previous years, ACC officials had considered expanding the conference schedule to nine, but contracting out-of-league matches with Notre Dame – the Fighting Irish, on average, five ACC opponents per season – were doomed.
“We really do our due diligence and do all the analysis on it to make sure we’re making the right decision,” Florida State Athletic Director Michael Alford said of the 3-5-5 format. “At the end of the day, it’s about moving the conference forward. You have to put on your conference hat and take off your organization’s hat.”
Alford and his colleagues went further in plotting potential assignments for each of each school’s three annual discounts. Here is one of the countless possibilities.
Virginia: Virginia Tech and North Carolina Wake Forest
Virginia Tech: Virginia, Miami and Georgia Tech
GEORGIA TECH: Clemson and Virginia Tech and Duke
North Carolina: State of North Carolina, Duke of Virginia
forest wake up: Duke, North Carolina and Virginia
duke: North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Georgia Tech
NC state: North Carolina, Wake Forest and Clemson
Florida: Clemson, Miami and Louisville
Miami: Florida State, Boston College, and Virginia Tech
Clemson: Florida, North Carolina and Georgia Tech
Boston College: Pete, Syracuse and Miami
a house: Boston College, Syracuse, and Louisville
drink: Pete, Boston College and Louisville
Louisville: Pete, Syracuse, and Florida
“I’d say we’re closer to the end than the beginning too,” Radjakovic said of the annual opponents’ determination. “I don’t think any of it is written in ink.”
“I think there’s a real chance that we’ll see something for 2023,” Virginia Tech coach Brent Bree said. “…the question for me was what platform gives us the best chance as a league to put two teams into a major College Football playoff? That’s what’s important to me.”