TALLAHASSEE FL - NOVEMBER 27: Florida State Seminoles fans celebrate after a touchdown during a game against the Florida Gators at Doak Campbell Stadium on November 27 2010 in Tallahassee Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Yesterday, Brian at BC Interruption posed an interesting question: Should the ACC realign itself and swap Georgia Tech with Boston College? After thinking about it, the answer should surely be a YES for Georgia Tech.
The divisions would be the following:
Atlantic: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State, Wake Forest
Coastal: Boston College, Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech\
At first glance, this seems to be a pretty even trade. Both programs have made two ACC Championship Game appearances. Georgia Tech is 32-16 in six seasons while BC is just two games back at 30-18. This would also decrease travel costs for Atlantic Division teams, with a division that now would only span from Maryland to the Florida panhandle instead of Chestnut Hill to Tallahassee as it does today.
Ok so it's an even trade but what does that do to our football schedule? Answer: It makes it more awesome. Clemson stays on our schedule as an intra-division game and Virginia Tech becomes the inter-division rival. This is awesome because they don't fall off the schedule, and maybe, just maybe, we can get Clemson and Virginia Tech to play at Bobby Dodd during different years unlike now. Second awesome point is that Florida State would be a permanent fixture on the schedule. And to that I say BRING IT. My biggest lament about conference expansion was dropping the Seminoles off the schedule. I'd love to see them back on it. Finally, a selfish awesome: Duke would fall off the schedule for a little while. While a win is appreciated, I am really really really really tired of playing them.
Brian also brings up an interesting point about the baseball schedule. Tech moving to the Atlantic would even out the conference and not allow for a random .500 Maryland team to make the tournament...oh and we'd have Florida State as a consistent fixture on the baseball schedule as well.
If I were John Swofford, or if John Swofford weren't a little girl, I would like into this idea and give a breath of fresh air to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
What do you think about this proposal? Who can make it happen?!