Georgia Tech and the ACC, like all schools and conferences, must prepare for some changes as college football moves away from the BCS system to a playoff system.
As we usher the new area of the NCAA football championship — otherwise known as the College Football Playoffs — many Automatic Qualifier (AQ) conferences are reevaluating how many conference games they should schedule.
Most AQ conferences schedule eight games with the majority of the games played by teams within a division and the remainder against teams in the opposite division. Along with the new championship game format, many of the AQ conferences have undergone realignment after adding new teams to the conference.
The perception by some is that adding an additional conference game would bolster the strength of the conference and add scheduling flexibility within the conference.
At this moment, the Atlantic Coast Conference hasn’t decided whether or not it wants to change the number of games played within the conference. When ACC football added Syracuse and Pittsburgh, they added an additional conference game to the football schedule. But once Notre Dame committed to play five ACC opponents they went back to the eight-game format. When asked recently, Georgia Tech AD Mike Bobinski commented that he is in favor of a nine-game schedule, despite the Yellow Jackets already having a built-in rival with out of conference Georgia.
I agree with AD Bobinski that a nine-game conference schedule would benefit not only the ACC, but Georgia Tech in particular. The benefits for the Jackets include a stronger home schedule, additional national exposure, and a stronger overall schedule.
Currently, many season ticket holders complain about having to see games against FCS teams in order to pad the home schedule. An additional conference game would add an ACC home game for at least every other year depending on how the conference sets up the schedule. This would add value to the season ticket package and attract more casual fans.
Additionally, Georgia Tech would get a chance to play more opponents in the Atlantic division, which in turn would give us a better chance to win our division. Finally, having an additional conference game would position the conference to get its own network. Having a network would increase the conference’s revenue and in turn would give Tech’s program more funds.
It’s my hope that the conference adds the additional game. The conference will be holding its spring meetings from May 12 to the 14 in Jacksonville, Florida. What are your feelings about a nine-game ACC schedule?
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