How about 16 teams, 2 divisions, 4 pods/subdivisions. 9 game conference schedule, 3 in-pod games, 2 out-of-pod games against each of the other 3 pods (6 games total). Championship weekend is no longer the ACCCG, but rather pod winners from the same division play in 2 different neutral site division championship games. Division champions face off in the Orange Bowl for the ACC championship. Does that work?
No, because now you're at 14 games for the ACC winner, which exceeds the current NCAA maximum. Plus, the extra game makes it even more difficult to make it to the national championship playoff, and given that you're only playing a pod "champion", one that there's a 50% chance you already played, there may not even be a boost to strength of schedule. You could easily have 7-5 or 6-6 pod champions.
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