When news broke late last week of the Big 12 and SEC‘s agreement to create “Rose Bowl South,” every pundit from coast-to-coast was quick to declare the ACC dead and announce the arrival of superconferences. The theory is/was that with the “top four” FBS leagues paired off into big-money arrangements and likely playoffs berths too, there’d be little room for the ACC (and the other leagues, which didn’t stand much of a chance to begin with). It also took this as proof that the next big domino (Florida State) would be falling shortly, ushering in the superconfernece era.
While I’m not naive enough to think that Florida State’s going to stick around (at this point, I believe that ship has unfortunately sailed), nor am I crazy enough to claim that the ACC offers a product far superior to the other leagues, I do believe the ACC will be okay. You see, this superconference theory manages to forget several extremely important factors, all of which actually help out the ACC a great deal:
1. Notre Dame‘s being threatened into irrelevance: And that means they’re looking for a conference. Not so long ago, it seemed like the ACC could still be that landing spot, and I’ll stand by the Irish being far more comfortable joining that league than the Big 12. The only thing that may change this could be Miami pairing with Florida State on the way out, giving Notre Dame two lucrative rivalries in Florida. Continue reading