I was trying to think, why the ACC divisions are such a monstrosity? With Syracuse added, the Atlantic division is further weakened when the perception is that the Atlantic division was the weaker of the 2 to begin with, but it could have something to do with the ACC Championship Game and Orange bowl.
Perhaps the ACC thought they were doing Clemson and FSU, as well as the conference and Orange bowl a favor so it just about guarantees that FSU or Clemson get a spot at the ACCCG. Besides that maybe they thought that lightening their conference schedule would be in their best interest sense they also have tough OOC rivals.
With either FSU or Clemson going to the ACCCG all of the time, coupled with a light conference schedule, it would just about guarantee FSU and Clemson to be ranked probably in the top 15, if not top 10 each time they go and of course the fans and national interest both teams command.
If you don’t go to the ACCCG, then you have no shot at the Orange bowl. With that principle in mind, I think the Orange bowl committee would be delighted to know they are pretty much guaranteed to get either a highly ranked VT, FSU and Clemson 90% of the time.