The ACC has had a two-division format for football since the conference expanded to 12 teams when Virginia Tech along with Miami and Boston College left the Big East to join the ACC. NCAA rules have forced the ACC to stay in this format for football even despite expansion in the league and the fact that the two best teams have not always faced off in the ACC Championship. However, it still has never really seemed like a major issue for the conference and the current format just seemed like a solid format. However, there could be change on the way if the NCAA does loosen its rules on football conferences with 12 or more teams.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford has led the Atlantic Coast Conference to new levels and the new conference that now has the final BCS champion is looking at a change that would almost certainly guarantee the top two teams during the regular season face off in the ACC Championship. Swofford’s proposal is that the division format would be eliminated much like basketball and the top two teams after the conference schedule would play in most likely Charlotte for the ACC Championship. All of this is still dependent on the NCAA making its rules on conference alignment more lenient.
Now the Hokies have occasionally in the past benefited from the division-format and while eliminating divisions would make things more interesting and allow for the Hokies to play Clemson and Florida State more often, there would be some drawbacks. It would be hard for teams to get equivalent schedules in a non-division format and while that doesn’t happen currently, this format would open the door for a lot more controversy, especially since playing this game could decide one of the teams in the new College Football Playoff. The division format also makes sure rivalries are preserved and this could mean that the Hokies aren’t able to play traditional rivals from the Big East days like Miami and Boston College on a regular basis. There are plenty of reasons for the ACC to change the format but these two reasons against are why John Swofford should keep the current format.
However, what do you think Virginia Tech fans?