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ACC Looking to Ride Some SEC Coattails

By on February 11th, 2014 in Football 14 Comments »

                                                                                                                       Image: CBS Sports
Last week an interesting proposal came down from ACC commish John Swofford that the ACC, now considering the possibility of playing nine conference games, would forgo that extra contest and play eight if they could instead have each team schedule at least one SEC opponent every year. Also on the ACC’s wish list; world peace and being able to register on the affordable healthcare act website.

This model is definitely only in the brainstorming level of development as conferences look to the future of the four-team playoff this season and the best ways to position themselves for a run. The ACC, who is also considering major changes in it’s conference championship game  to garner what most describe generally as national interest, is looking to bolster it’s impressive streak of BCS national championships, which now stands at one.

Bravo, yelled every other conference who would be unbridled with a mandatory extra out-of-conference game against a former BCS team, giving them one less possible hurdle into the playoff, the equivalent of a two touchdown lead if Vegas handicapped getting to the playoff like the game itself.

Other than getting all fourteen teams to sign off on the deal, an additional impediment to such scheduling mojo is a future 5-game schedule the ACC has signed with Notre Dame, who is expected to at least score more than one touchdown in each of those games. Geez. If the SEC turns the ACC down, it looks like they’ll have to hit up the Service Academies next.

With basically a quarter of the two conferences already playing each other in long-standing rivalries, a big collective yawn went up from Georgia, through Florida, and up to South Carolina and Kentucky.

While the notion of this proposal is noble, no conference in their right mind is going to want to hamstring themselves with such a requirement unless you make it mandatory for all the major conferences to do so. With the playoff looming, the stakes are just too high. I’ve always thought it was a good idea to have the big boys play themselves more often, but it’ll only work if you force all of them to do it. That’ll at least give some of the smaller guys on a roll at least a prayer of possibly getting into the playoff.

Speaking of the smaller teams, this is also one of the reasons why I don’t want to go to a nine-game conference schedule: we will never be able to give these up-and-comers a chance to take on the heavyweights. Don’t the Southern Misses, UL-Monroes, and Arkansas States deserve a chance to play the giants in their neighborhood now and then? We may think of them as cupcakes now but that could change one day. Nine conference games will force us to be stingy with ourselves.

You don’t think Troy would relish one day to get a shot at Auburn or Alabama? We’ll never play them if we’re only playing the heavies. How does a team get good if they can never take on the bigger boys on the block?

If we do mandate one non-conference BCS opponent each year, don’t limit it to just a cross-conference rivalry either. After the SEC is finished with the ACC, let’s move on to the Big 12, then the PAC-14, then the Big 10, and then whatever conference gravity causes to form out of the remnants of the Big East and the other debris in our college football solar system.

Big thanks for thinking of us, ACC.


  1. win4au says:

    Who wouldn’t want to attach themselves to the SEC? WEA, could you not find a better headline pic to post other than the very one that was the dagger in my heart! hahaha
    Entertaining read as always! WDE

    • WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

      I’m okay with it, Win4au. They need to copy it and stick it on all the lockers this spring. Alabama once said, “never again.” I’m not that far. My message would be something along the lines of “complete the drill.”

  2. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    I think it’s a smokescreen. The ACC knows that unless they start in the top 4 (and stay there), their SOS will not carry them into the playoffs….then they will whine and cry and blame the SEC (probs Nick Fairley too) ’cause they are trying to play harder games against moah talented teams, but the mean ole SEC keeps picking someone else to play in the sandbox with.

    Any opportunity to make the SEC look like a villain–other conferences will jump on–there’s only 4 in the playoff, and whose to say that we won’t dominate the playoff era exactly like we dominated the BCS era.

    Well played, ACC, well played.

  3. AubTigerman AubTigerman says:

    Good post WEA.

    I think Swofford knows it’s not going to happen but at same time, he knows it’s good to blow some propaganda to say the ACC ain’t sacred of nobody.

    • WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

      I think the SEC will be looking to play some Big 12 teams soon. I think aTm will want to pick back up the series with Texas eventually and Alabama will want a rematch with Oklahoma until they get it right.

  4. AUcideng42 AUcideng42 says:

    I’m not opposed to some out-of-conference tie-ins/rivals for more SEC teams, I just want it done smartly and I don’t want it to come at the cost of big OOC games (can we get some more Pac-12 games maybe?) I think the ACC is blowing smoke, and besides most of their good southern schools are already taken by SEC East teams. I think some Big-12 rivalries for some West teams would be better.

    I WANT more conference games! I want to play FL, TN, SC more than once every 8 years without giving up GA every year! I couldn’t care less if this would hurt the Ark.St., So.Miss., and Troys out there. I know having a soft schedule helps the W-L column, which does factor into making a playoff. But the need to go undefeated or even finish with < 2 losses is being lessened with the playoff, and we'll need more big games for the SEC network because $$$$$$$$.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..Looks like rough weather headed to the ATL tonight. I hope you’ve got underground power lines. Hang in there!

    • WarEagleAtlanta WarEagleAtlanta says:

      I’m ready. Got a pizza, my keg, and a gas fireplace ready for any contingency.

      • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

        I didn’t hear you say ‘white bread and milk’….dude, I hate to say it, but you’re screwed. So, good luck with that.

        • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

          …..I’ve had the kerosine jugs stocked for a week, and we’ve got gas hot water and stove. And I’ve got several boxes of various canned veggies. They keep screaming that we’re getting ice and snow in the Tragic City for 3 days, now. I got let out an hour early from work today, and drove home in the rain. It’s still 36 degrees, and we know these Gulf lows bring their own warmth. It will keep raining, and end up around 40 degrees tonight. Oh, well. we were at a rain deficit for the year, before this week…

          • Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

            That’s smart. It’s better to be stocked up before hand than be caught unprepared. Looks like you guys got some snow after all…hope it was good sledding before it melts!!

          • Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

            …..Not a lot of snow in Hollywood, but a few good bursts. It never really stuck on the street, hence no sledding. Cars, trees and shrubs accumulated an inch or two. I got up early to this morning, and it was still 36 degrees, and just water on the street. I went on into work, with no problems.There was slush on the streets, but as long as you were driving a reasonable speed, it was no different than a rainy day, I thought.

  6. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    FSU had their chance to join the SEC many years ago but they chose the path of lesser resistance. Now they want to upgrade their schedule strength on a pick and choose basis vs. SEC opponents? Really? Thanks, but no thanks. I would rather schedule some Big 12 and PAC 12 games.

    • mvhcpa says:

      “FSU had their chance to join the SEC”….

      I seem to recall Bobby Bowden actually publicly stating that FSU couldn’t make it week in and week out in the SEC (my good FSU friend also remembers this)–does anyone else remember this statement and if it was actually uttered by Coach Bowden?

      Michael Val
      (who is waiting for a shirt to be sent from aforementioned good FSU friend to be worn in publicized “disgrace”–I love football bets!)