If the ACC’s plans go according to plan, receiving the expected feedback when it comes to the current TV deal, the Atlantic and Coastal divisions could become a thing of the past.
Miami athletic director Dan Radakovich said that the ACC scheduling model has been discussed at the ACC spring meetings, ESPN’s David Hale reported. With the elimination of divisions, the ACC is looking intently at 3-3-5 pod scheduling that still needs to be run past ESPN.
Miami AD Dan Radakovich says the ACC ADs have largely coalesced around the 3-3-5 scheduling model without decisions and now want to run it past TV partners before any official decisions. Said “closer to the end than the beginning” on that & selecting permanent partners.
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The 3-3-5 pod scheduling would lock ACC teams into an annual game against three conference opponents, and the remaining five conference matchups would rotate each season.
In such a scenario, the scheduling flexibility in the ACC would improve drastically — as schools that only play once every seven seasons despite geographical compatibility (Duke and North Carolina State) and long lost rivals that aren’t often scheduled on the same field — with a pod-style schedule. Which appears to be trending closer and closer.
So, while there are a lot of possibilities for the fixed schedules, Pitt could be looking at a threesome of Miami, Louisville and Virginia Tech, it could also include schools like Syracuse, Virginia or Boston College.
Additionally, The Athletic’s Chris Vannini reported that the NCAA Oversight Committee has recommended removing requirements for a conference’s championship game.
The NCAA Football Oversight Committee has recommended removing the requirements for a FBS conference to have a championship game.
It’s expected to pass the D1 Council later this month.
That’ll open the door for conferences to scrap divisions and make new schedule formats.
— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) May 9, 2022
With conference championship game requirements eliminated, allowing conferences to select their own requirements, and the elimination of divisions, the ACC — and all other conferences — could simply pit the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the conference in the title game.
Without a Coastal vs. Atlantic matchup, the ACC’s College Football Playoff path will be even stronger than before, with two strong contenders facing off in what should be two highly ranked ACC teams. It eliminates the potential for a weak coastal opponent in the ACC’s biggest game of the year and allows further diversity in scheduling.
With sweeping in-conference changes expected across college football, the actual change itself could come into effect as early as the 2023 season. The ACC will announce more information sooner rather than later.