Since this is just me having an ACC wet dream, let’s keep the FSU and Clemson to the Big12 talk out of it and pretend with me.
The pod divisions have been mentioned before, but let’s do it again so as to lay the foundation for the complete idea i’m about to pitch:
3 Navy / Louisville
2 Boston College
3 Notre Dame
All the schools in the same division play one another and also the schools assigned to the same number play each other annually. You will see that the North Carolina schools are back to playing each other annually which seems to especially be a big deal to those schools. I think I got all the important rivalries covered and more of the games fans want to see most.
The ACC goes to a 7 game schedule which allows Notre Dame to still maintain it’s games with Michigan, MSU, Purdue, USC and Stanford. Yes it means that it will take 18 years for a school to play everybody else twice, but it does not have to be a bad thing.
The championship game will actually be a 4 game playoff between the division winners and seeded 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. Both semi-final games will be played in Charlotte in consecutive weeks or in the same week with a game in Charlotte and the other in D.C.
Now here is the kicker, the ACC Championship game will be the Orange bowl, the 3 other division winners will fill the Chick-Fil-A, Belk and Champs bowls.
In the case the ACC has a team selected to play in the National Championship playoffs or whatever they want to call it, that school will automatically be declared the winner of the ACC and the Orange bowl will take an at large school from a different conference to play the ACC representative. The CFA, Belk and Champs bowl will take the remaining division winners and any 1 bowl eligible ACC team.