The Bishin Cutter wrote:
I'm not surprised some in the ACC would want to encapsulate themselves with their conference and its half-member. But, maybe knowing Syracuse and their feelings on Notre Dame and their tactics, this could just be a way some schools force ND to either fully commit, or force them to do right by all ACC schools and their venues.
Apparently there are many schools out there willing to schedule Notre Dame even on ND's terms. However, other than USC and maybe Stanford, and much of the ACC, other power 5 conferences' schools may not be so keen or available to schedule later season games with the Irish. So in this sense, if the ACC schools will be scheduling October and November games with ND, they would be doing ND a huge scheduling favor. ND could schedule schools such as Army and BYU for the late season as well as a couple of other non-power 5 types. If Navy goes conference fb, they will also continue to schedule AFA and Army, so Navy's flexibility is very much crunched.
Fans, in particular, want rival games such as UGA-GT, S.Car.-Clemson, and UF-FSU at the end of the season. Maybe some of them shall get moved up earlier out of necessity.
Saban and Alabama in the SEC want the 9 conference game format. It's fine with them since all their major rivals are in-conference. Yet, they balk if their cross-division rival, Tennessee, would go to rotation. Compare this to So. Carolina and Texas A&M becoming permanent cross division rivals with South Carolina also having to fit in Clemson. Spurrier has a point in disagreeing with Saban on the matter.
Notre Dame refuses to play conference football, yet they expect eveyone to accommodate their wishes. There's been way too much of that already. Fb independence is ND's allowed option. But the complications with it should not be the responsibility of conferences to resolve. Unfortunately, due to Notre Dame staying put on an unique and very high pedistal by fawning media, broadcasting elements, certain schools and conferences, the bowls system, and forthcoming playoff criteria, there's little incentive for ND to operate differently. The ACC will eventually get bitten in the keister on this, as they may further 'Big Eastize' themselves in mindset and structure.