Goodbye Maryland, Hello Louisville. As I once predicted, Louisville will be the newest ACC member. I just didn’t expect it to happen this quickly. However, the impending exit of Maryland (lawsuit or not, it’s happening) forced the ACC’s hand in
keeping it an even number conference.
While I can’t speculate on the TV markets and revenues, because I have no idea about any of that stuff, I think this is an upgrade. Looking at where the teams are in the two biggest revenue-gaining sports, Louisville is far and away better at basketball and football right now. I will still give Maryland the edge in crab cakes. Now of course,this leads to the question:
Is FSU leaving the ACC? This will continue to be discussed until FSU does make some sort of move, or explicitly states its not going anywhere. Of course, the $50 million exit fee does play into the decision making process. I know many people are concerned and upset about the ACC becoming the new Big East, but unless someone has $50 million lying around, for the immediate future, this is the home of Seminole football. Now, considering that this team still has trouble with some of their own conference opponents, maybe moving isn’t the best idea, leading to the next question:
Is FSU winning the ACC? With all the other stuff usually reserved for the off-season being discussed now, a lot of us forget that there is still a game this weekend. Despite their 6-6 record, Georgia Tech has the triple-option offense that can be very effective if FSU allows them to stay in the game. Getting ahead early will force GT to abandon the run, which is difficult for a team that primarily works out of a running formation.