The good news and bad news of future ACC scheduling
With Notre Dame set to join and most of the teams locked in due to the punitive exit fees, the ACC felt comfortable adjusting future basketball and football schedules. This is what it means to BC.
BC loses permanent rivals Miami and Virginia Tech in exchange for Notre Dame and Syracuse. The conference schedule will remain at 18 games and the other opponents will be a rotating mix of home and aways and one offs per season. BC will play every team at least once per year. From a marketing standpoint, gaining Notre Dame and Syracuse is very good news for BC basketball. Both are better programs and have more cache with our fanbase. From a basketball standpoint, our schedule just got tougher. While Miami and Virginia Tech have had the better of us in the past few years, traditionally neither is a basketball power. I was confident that once Donahue got the program back, we would dominate both. That is less likely to happen with our two new partners.
The ACC has decided not to pursue nine regular season conference games. The idea of nine games and five teams forced to play Notre Dame every year, crowded out many ACC schedules, especially if you have a permanent non-conference rival. I liked the idea of nine ACC games for BC. My hope was that it would add to the attractiveness of the schedule and help our Strength of Schedule rating. Now BC will have to find new opponents and potentially pay for lessor teams to come to us. I hope the new AD uses this new found schedule flexibility to find attractive partners for home and home series. The conference also announced that the divisions will not change and neither will the cross division rival. I was hoping a shift would allow us to ditch Virginia Tech or realign under old Big East and ACC divisions. Keeping the current alignments is less interesting but easier to execute.