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?