Dr Daryl Gross wants change to the ACC divisions. Well I have come to save the day.
Under the current system of playing only 8 ACC games it is impossible to find a perfect solution. I believe my solution gets the most out of an 8 game ACC schedule.
FSU is still in the Atlantic division every year
Miami is still in the Coastal division every year
The remaining schools are broken into 4 groups of three and rotate divisions every year. Thus:
Year 1: A/B and C/D
Year 2: A/C and B/D
Year 3: A/D and B/C
Year 4: C/D and A/B
Year 5: B/D and A/C
Year 6: B/C and A/D
The next best football schools are Clemson, Va Tech, Ga Tech, and Louisville so I separated them. I also separated the four remaining private schools: Syracuse, BC, Duke, and Wake. This will bring competition balance.
Group A: Clemson, NC St, Wake
Group B: Va Tech, UVA, BC
Group C: Ga Tech, UNC, Duke
Group D: Louisville, Pitt, Syracuse
Using this system produces the following over 6 seasons:
Each school plays 4 teams six times each
2 teams four times each
2 teams three times each
5 teams twice each
The exception is FSU and Miami, who do not rotate.
My solution is much better than the current set up of:
Playing 7 teams six times each
6 teams once each
What kind of conference can you be if you play some teams once every 12 seasons at home?
Here is the breakdown for each school using my system:
Every year they play Miami and Clemson. 4 times out of 6 years they play Ga Tech, Va Tech, and BC. 3 times out of 6 years they play everyone else.
Every year FSU and Va Tech. 4 of 6 Ga Tech, Louisville, Clemson. 3 of 6 everyone else.
Every year Wake, NC St, Ga Tech, FSU. 4 of 6 Miami and Pitt. 3 of 6 Va Tech and Louisville. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year Wake, Clemson, UNC, and Syracuse. 4 of 6 Duke and Pitt. 3 of 6 FSU and Miami. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year Clemson, NC St, Duke, Louisville. 4 of 6 UVA and Syracuse. 3 of 6 Miami and FSU. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year BC, UVA, Pitt, Miami. 4 of 6 UNC and FSU. 3 of 6 Clemson and Ga Tech. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year BC, Va Tech, UNC, Duke. 4 of 6 Syracuse and Wake. 3 of 6 Miami and FSU. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year UVA, Va Tech, Syracuse, Pitt. 4 of 6 FSU and Duke. 3 of 6 Miami and Ga Tech. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year Duke, UNC, Clemson, Louisville. 4 of 6 FSU and Miami. 3 of 6 BC and Va Tech. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year Duke, Ga Tech, NC St, UVA. 4 of 6 Va Tech and Louisville. 3 of 6 FSU and Miami. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year UVA, UNC, Wake, Ga Tech. 4 of 6 BC and NC St. 3 of 6 FSU and Miami. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year Syracuse, Pitt, Ga Tech, Wake. 4 of 6 UNC and Miami. 3 of 6 FSU and Clemson. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year BC, Syracuse, Va Tech, Louisville. 4 of 6 Clemson and NC St. 3 of 6 Miami and FSU. Everyone else 2 of 6.
Every year Pitt, BC, Louisville, NC St. 4 of 6 UVA and Wake. 3 of 6 FSU and Miami. Everyone else 2 of 6.
So to use Syracuse as an example compare the after (above) to the before (below) under the current set up:
6 games vs FSU, Clemson, Louisville, Pitt, BC, NC St, Wake
1 game vs Miami, Va Tech, Ga Tech, UVA, UNC, Duke
Louisville, Pitt, BC, NC St (=)
Va Tech, Ga Tech, UNC, Duke (+1)
So Syracuse essentially is trading FSU for Miami/Ga Tech, Clemson for UVA/Va Tech, and Wake for UNC/Duke.
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