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ACC POD Potential

With the ACC discussing the possibility of having a 3-5 schedule where each team has three permanent rivals that are played annually and then a rotation of the other 10 members in even and odd years I wondered in the scheme of the ACC who are we most likely to be paired up with in this scenario. The three permanent rivals will mostly be chosen by history 1st, competitiveness, then of course politics. The long term benefits of this plan is that you have games that matter every year and in a 4 year span you play home and away at every conference opponent.

An example schedule for UNC would be listed as an example as their rivals are the far easiest to determined based on politics.

Permanent Rivals: NC State, Duke, UVA

Odd Year Opponents: GT, FSU, Wake, VT, Syracuse

Even Year Opponents: Clemson, Miami, BC, Pitt, Louisville

Year 1 Schedule: NC State, Duke, UVA, GT, FSU, Wake, VT, Syracuse

Year 2 Schedule: NC State, Duke, UVA, Clemson, Miami, BC, Pitt, Louisville

Year 3 Schedule: NC State, Duke, UVA, GT, FSU, Wake, VT, Syracuse

Year 4 Schedule: NC State, Duke, UVA, Clemson, Miami, BC, Pitt, Louisville

Obviously the year 2 and 4 and 1 and 3 have home and away switching for the games. Taking this into account as a basis lets say that I see several possible scenarios with how GT permanent 3 rivals are chosen.

The first scenario accounts for the continued breakup of the four triangle schools but uses current Atlantic/Coastal Rivalries as a basis. In this scenario the three teams GT is likely to be paired up with are Clemson, Duke, and Miami.

School Atlantic/Coastal Rival Rival 2 Rival 3
BC VT Syracuse Pitt
Syracuse Pitt BC Louisville
Pitt Syracuse Louisville BC
Louisville UVA Pitt Syracuse
UVA Louisville VT UNC
VT BC UVA Miami
UNC NC State Duke UVA
Duke Wake UNC GT
NC State UNC Wake Clemson
Wake Duke NC State FSU
Clemson GT FSU NC State
GT Clemson Duke Miami
FSU Miami Clemson Wake
Miami FSU VT GT

The scenarios created though stem mostly from when the ACC expanded and my preferred method would have us swap Miami with VT and BC play Miami annually instead.

School Atlantic/Coastal Rival Rival 2 Rival 3
BC Miami Syracuse Pitt
Syracuse Pitt BC Louisville
Pitt Syracuse Louisville BC
Louisville UVA Pitt Syracuse
UVA Louisville VT UNC
VT GT UVA Miami
UNC NC State Duke UVA
Duke Wake UNC GT
NC State UNC Wake Clemson
Wake Duke NC State FSU
Clemson GT FSU NC State
GT Clemson Duke VT
FSU Miami Clemson Wake
Miami FSU VT BC

The better question is how did we arrive at every one of these rivals being chosen and what is likely to be used as the criteria. What I used was full history (how many times have opponents played), significance of when they played (VT and GT playing for Coastal titles means more than playing Miami as an example)

Picking each rivals comes mostly with thoughts of politics. I expect fully that if implemented most even and odd years for Pitt for example would have them alternating FSI and Miami respectfully so that teams play in Florida every other year for recruiting purposes.

Some of these were easy to determine the first 2 but some were more challenging than others.

Having lived in the triangle I can assure you UNC gets first pick in this and will keep their historic rivalries with UVA, Duke, and NC State, That means no annual game with Wake Forest but that was given up with the Atlantic and Coastal split previously.

A challenging in this was that Louisville replaced Maryland who would have fit well with UVA, VT, Pitt, etc. Louisville usually fills this void. You also have historical old Big East Rivalries to consider.

Who would be most upset in this arrangement:

1. Wake doesn't get to play UNC every year, but they don't have to schedule non-conference games against each other and play twice every four years anyway

2. NC State and Duke don't play every year, but they play more often in this format

3. GT doesn't play FSU or Miami annually. Would we care about this when they both rotate often?

4. Louisville may want to play FSU or Clemson more often based on recent competitiveness

5. VT doesn't play BC every year...old Big east, does this matter that much?

6. The northern schools may want more games further south for recruiting but I think the key there is the rotation of the other 5 opponents each year.

I picked Clemson and Duke as the the rivals for historical nature of how often GT has played them compared to everyone else in the ACC and they honestly fit the best with the NC schools not playing the other three each year. Either VT or Miami would be considered and I could see FSU being considered as well.

Let me know. Who would you want our three rivals to be to play annually?

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