Awhile ago when I had some time on my hands I thought out a 16 team "pod" structure if FSU were bolting for the SEC. I put in the other hot teams to the SEC and thought it made some sense. However, since it looks like FSU is staying put in the ACC I've decided to apply it here. For this instance, I'll say the ACC actually surprises us and adds Notre Dame and UConn.
Notre Dame is Notre Dame, only question is IF they ACC can get them. With the Irish in hand and Syracuse on the way, the NYC market is taken so no need for Rutgers. Unless Penn St gets massively pissed with the Big Ten, the only real viable option is the Huskies.
With all of that set, the pods would go as
Northeast: Notre Dame, Syracuse, Boston College, UConn
Mid-Atlantic: Pitt, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech
Carolinas: UNC, Duke, NC State, Clemson
South: Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest
The pods are based on geography, with a little readjusting for competitive balance (switching Clemson and Wake)
Each team would play the 3 other teams in their pod and have a home and home with the other pods. This means that most teams would play each other twice in a 6 year period.
The 8th conference game would comprise of two series. An "A" series and a "B" series. The "A" rival would be a cross-pod game that would be played every year. The "B" series would be played when your team was playing the pod that your "A" series team is in and would need a replacement for the 8th conference game. So you would play your "A" series every year, and the "B" series 4 out of 6 years.
My thoughts for "A" series?
Florida State-Notre Dame
Too much thinking involved for the "B" series games right now. What do the residents of TN think of this plan?