As a geography nut and long-time sweater of all stuff that is small, I still am annoyed by the non-north-and-south divisional line-up of the ACC. But I wouldn't mention it without what I believe to be a better idea--here goes:
Instead of two divisions of six, three divisions of four. This keeps Tobacco Road in the same division.
- Boston CollegeMaryland
- VirginiaVirginia Tech
- DukeNorth Carolina
- North Carolina StateWake Forest
- ClemsonFlorida State
- Georgia TechMiami
The top two division winners play for the ACC title. In the case of a tie between the 2nd and 3rd best division winner, any number of sufficient tie-breakers could take place (head-to-head, division head-to-head, record vs. opposing division, etc).
I think even the SEC could benefit
from such an alignment. Its current alignment has lost the rivalries between Bama/VU and AU/UF. They could easily be recovered in such an alignment, without sacrificing anymore traditional rivalries.
ACC, go to three!