No. Once the ACC starts to play better football these things will take of themselves (and I do believe they will). Until then, ACC teams don't have the right to complain and it doesn't matter.
Originally Posted by MantisHokie
I'm getting a bad feeling that the big six won't work out as well for Tech as Chris's recent artical indicates. According to the director of the BCS on a recent SI.com interview, the matchups for the big six bowls will be decided by the selection committee (and not the bowls), although teams will automatically get placed into the pool of 12 teams based on bowl tie-ins. So, since the Champions bowl automatically gets the top big twelve and SEC team not in the playoff, the top big 12 and SEC team not in the playoff automatically get two of the remaining eight slots, even if they are not in the top twelve. I'm certain the big ten and PAC twelve will get the same deal for the Rose Bowl. I really don't see the ACC getting the same deal with the Orange bowl. Another point he made was that, when the champions or rose bowl hosts a playoff game, the affiliated conferences won't lose their spot.
So, while there are no more AQ conferences, they've just been replaced by conferences with big six bowl tie ins. The SEC, Big ten, big twelve, and PAC twelve (which have an automatic spot for their highest ranked non playoff team) will have a leg up on the ACC, which will have no such guarantee. Of course, the ACC (with an Orange bowl tie in) be better off than everyone else.
My nightmare scenario is that the Orange Bowl decides to not sign an agreement with the ACC, in which case the ACC will have been truly relegated to non-AQ status. (of course, the ACC-Orange bowl deal may be formally announced in the next day or two, which will make me feel a little better).
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