we would still play 3 schools (GT every year for ATL presence) from the south division should it split that way. people talk about the north/south split as if we would NEVER play Miami, FSU, Clemson again. hell, if we win the north, we'll not only play 3 from the south every year, we'll play 4, with the 4th game being against the BEST south team. as long as either UNC or NCSU is the NC representative for the north division, and we are guaranteed not to play dook and wake in the same regular season, i don't see why it's really that much different than what we have today. we would lose Miami and dook while gaining umd and 'cuse. maybe we swap UNC for NCSU, which is all a wash IMO.
so as long as GT is our crossover, how is north/south so much worse for us than the current split?
I was assuming Miami would be our crossover as we have much more history with them and it is one of the few marquee games we play every year within the ACC. If split solely on current strength, I'd guess UNC and NC State in the north to even things out a bit. Otherwise the South is by far the stronger division. Either way it would have 3 of the 4 'football' schools (MIGHT consider GT and PITT football schools, but they cancel each other out with a slight advantage to GT)
With 9 conference games and 14 teams we'd play FSU and Clemson (and any other south foe, save our crossover) fractionally less than we do now (choosing 2 from 6 vs 2 from 5) and if we go to 16, it'll be even less often.
So do I go to GT where I can play FSU, Miami, and Clemson every year or VT where I can play them once every three years?
You might be right in that there isn't a vast difference strength, but I'd argue that that is largely due to teams not living up to their promise. If FSU, Miami, and to a lesser extent Clemson, start playing to their expectation, what then?
Not sure if we could really negotiate never playing WF and Duke in the same year, would the schedules work out right that way? If we want this what does this say about the strength of the rest of our schedule?
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