This is, of course, a real concern. The question of: what does it mean to be in the ACC if we're playing a schedule that looks too much like an old BE schedule. Where is that line?
One thing we have to understand as fans is that when we came into the league w/ BC and Miami, we were part of changing the fundamental makeup of the ACC. That expansion stretched the footprint of the league farther away from Tobacco Road and diluted everybody's schedule in the process, to some extent. It's not like we were ever going to come in and play, like, a 1980's ACC type of football schedule.
So what's a realistic goal? We have to play UVa every year and we SHOULD be playing Maryland every year. The league would be smart to preserve the VT-Miami game as well, whether it's by playing in the same division or being permanent crossover rivals. If we have those 3 games every year, I would have no problem splitting the league geographically.
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