Originally posted on East Coast Bias  |  Last updated 7/5/9
Could ACC football alignment be in the works? For those who don't know, divisions are presently aligned as follows:
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ACC Atlantic:
Boston College
Clemson
Florida State
Maryland
NC State
Wake Forest
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ACC Coastal:
Duke
Georgia Tech
North Carolina
Miami
Virginia
Virginia Tech
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Presently, every season, each team plays each of their five intra-division teams once, plays one inter-division "traditional rival" (e.g. Maryland/Virginia ... FSU/Miami), and then the remaining two conference games are random inter-division games (e.g. Maryland/Virginia Tech).
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According to a very brief article appearing last month in The Orlando Sentinel, the head of the Florida State Seminoles booster club wrote to their athletic director urging him to lobby for realignment of the ACC Divisions in football. Now, to me, it seems that FSU has a lot more to worry about other than realignment. Like not forfeiting seasons' worth of victories. And the ACC made it be known that they can not realign until 2015 at the earliest, as football schedules are apparently set through that year.
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Here's the proposal from Florida State (and how it is of imminent interest to us here at ECB): Maryland be swapped with Georgia Tech - Maryland would move to the ACC Coastal Division and Georgia Tech would move to the ACC Atlantic Division.


You can never go wrong with a picture of J-Red's favorite Duke football player - Dan Erdeljac. Not an easy picture to find.

So how does this Terp fan feel about it? Well, about the only bad part of this is that I'd be sad to see Clemson off our calendar every year, I'd actually be all in favor of this move. The Terps will soon be playing West Virginia every season once again. Thus, if the Terps were in the Coastal Division, every season we would play all our border war games (Virginia, Virginia Tech, WVU). We'd draw UNC every year who is a traditional rival from the very beginnings of the ACC and who arouses much more of a sense of rivalry from Terp fans than Wake Forest. Our new "traditional rival" who we would play every year would likely become Georgia Tech, which isn't that great. We'd play Miami every year in football which I feel like before not too long is going to be a huge test again, and which gives the alumni the opportunity every two years to hit South Florida for a road game. And, of course, we'd get Duke on the schedule every year... easier than a 1-AA game.

Here's what it boils down to - I'd prefer to play Miami every year over FSU. I'd certainly prefer to play Virginia Tech every year over Boston College. I'd prefer to play UNC every year over NC State. I'd prefer Duke every year over Wake Forest because of the easy win aspect. Georgia Tech over Clemson every year is the drawback.

So we're still only about six years off. But hey, Seminoles, you want an ally in this? I think most Terp fans would be on board.

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