Okay, in my opinion, all the expansion talk is pretty overrated right now. Atleast for our Florida State Seminoles, I don't think there should be any worry about what other conferences do when it comes to expanding.
The main reason behind this idea is the fact that in the BCS era, strength of schedule means absolutely nothing if you're in a BCS conference. I don't care who you are, if you play a BCS schedule and you go undefeated, you will be in the national championship. Heck, if you go the entire year with 1 loss you got a pretty decent shot too. Why do you think so many teams (besides fsu) play a horrible OOC schedule? it's because the talent of those teams you play means absolutely nothing. Just look at UF. They play all cupcake OOC games, besides the game against us, and that doesn't prevent them from going to the national championship game. There was a post on here the other day that pointed out how a tough SOS leads to a poor season. So we don't need to add teams to the ACC to beef up our competition.
Now I realize most of the talk surrounding the expansion has to do with money and tv deals. I think the money situation is also a bit overrated. Yes, I said money is overrated in this situation. Now don't get me wrong, I'd love for FSU to have a lot more money to spend. We'd get a brain new practice facility, a new atheletic dorm, a few more hires like trainers and nutritionalists. However, we perform pretty well without all that extra stuff back in our glory days. You may think all of that will help draw in better recruits, however, the name FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY is enough to draw in some of the best atheletes out there. We finished 7-6 for the 3rd time in 4 years and haven't won a national championship in over a decade, but we still managed a top 10 recruiting class.
Now this all leads to the bulk of this post. If we will be quite capable of remaining a successful program, why change anything? Why would we even think about joining a conference (like the SEC) and put ourselves in a tough position to win a conference championship? Why would we add 4 more teams to the ACC and make it more difficult to win our own conference? How the ACC is set up now is perfect for FSU. Just look at our division this year. If Kyle Parker goes pro in baseball, whick in all likely hood will happen, Boston College will be our only challengers for our division. And that's only because they have as easy of an ACC schedule as it gets. Please tell me which division or conference would give us an easier route to a conference championship game than our current situation? If we wn the games we're supposed to, we practically just have to win one conference championship game in order to make it to a BCS bowl game. It doesn't get any simpler than that.
Also, once our non-conference schedule gets easier, our chances of reaching 10, 11, 12 win seasons will become even easier for us. That'll put us in national championship talks despite playing in a "weaker" conference. So my question is, what's more important....... making some more money or winning multiple conference/national championships?
I'm pretty sure everyone reading this will be much happier seeing us win a championship as opposed to making some extra money due to a t.v deal. We all know that winning is true happiness, not an expensive tv deal. WE ARE FLORIDA STATE. We'll return to our winning ways and have great success playing in the conference we're in now. We don't need any changes to prove what we are capable of on the field. Go 'Noles!