What if the ACC went to pods next year with 14 teams? They could be laid out like this:
- Pod A – BC, Syracuse, Pitt
- Pod B – Maryland, Wake, NC St
- Pod C – VT, UVa, UNC, Duke
- Pod D – Clemson, GT, FSU, Miami
For Pod A, play the other 2, plus 2/3 of Pod B, plus 4/4 of either Pod C or D
(Pod B does just the opposite) 2 + 2 + 4 = 8 games
For Pod C, play the other 3, plus 2/4 of Pod D, plus 3/3 of either Pod A or B
(Pod D does the opposite). 3+2+3 = 8 games
UVa would still get to play VT, UNC, and Duke every year, and there would only be a need for 8 conference games per year (leaving 4 non-conference games for the Cavaliers to play a schedule like this year: Penn State, TCU, and 2 extra home games. Plus, each player would get to play every ACC team home & away before he graduates – assuming he stays all 4 years.
What do you think? I describe the whole thing in detail on my blog – LINK.