Should The ACC Switch Boston College and Georgia Tech?

Should Boston College move to the Coastal Division and Georgia Tech move to the Atlantic Division?

Brian of BCIntrerruption proposed the idea:

The ACC's two divisions would then look like this:

Atlantic: Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Maryland, N.C. State, Wake Forest
Coastal: Boston College, Duke, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech

At first glance, this seems to be a pretty even trade. Both programs have made two ACC Championship Game appearances. Georgia Tech is 32-16 in six seasons while BC is just two games back at 30-18. This would also decrease travel costs for Atlantic Division teams, with a division that now would only span from Maryland to the Florida panhandle instead of Chestnut Hill to Tallahassee as it does today.

Winfield of FromTheRumbleSeat (GT) chimes in:

Brian also brings up an interesting point about the baseball schedule. Tech moving to the Atlantic would even out the conference and not allow for a random .500 Maryland team to make the tournament...oh and we'd have Florida State as a consistent fixture on the baseball schedule as well.

Note that a UVA-BC switch would not work because UVA wants to keep alive the "oldest rivalry in the South" with UNC.  

GT's new cross-division rival would be Virginia Tech.  BC's would be Clemson.  The rest would be unchanged.  

Positives for FSU: 

  • Travel to Atlanta is easy and fun for FSU fans.  
  • Georgia Tech is Florida State's #4 rival, historically, despite the fact that it almost always breaks for FSU.  Playing them every year is good for the rivalry.
  • It makes geographic sense.
  • It reduces travel and makes Miami travel more (though the Canes do get back their traditional rivalry with BC).

Negatives for FSU: 

  • It would expose FSU's declining baseball program.  Maybe that should go in the positive column?
  • Despite similar recent records, Georgia Tech has access to a lot more talent and thus has greater potential than BC.
  • Preparing yearly for the triple option, though this is likely a short-term concern as GT won't always have Paul Johnson.

What are your thoughts?

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