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What a Merger of the Pac-12 and ACC Might Look Like – Sports Illustrated

Imagine Clemson coming to Cal’s Memorial Stadium for a football game, or the Golden Bears playing a basketball game at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With a possible Pac-12/Big 12 merger and a potential Pac-12/Big 12/ACC merger already addressed, we now look at a final possibility in this trilogy of speculative conference mergers involving the Pac-12 — a Pac-12/ACC merger. 

After reports this week that the Pac-12 and ACC are discussing to a “loose partnership” that could lead to a championship game between the two conferences’ titlists, the notion of a bicoastal Pac-12/ACC merger that would require tons of travel miles does not seem so outlandish. SI.com reports the Pac-12 and ACC are working on a broadcasting partnership with ESPN.

The inclusion of Notre Dame in ACC basketball but not ACC football would not doom the idea.

Here are five possible formats for how a Pac-12/ACC merger might look for football:

Format Option No. 1 – Two eight-team divisions

This would match the SEC and Big Ten in the number of teams in their conferences in 2024, but it would eliminate eight of the 24 Pac-12/ACC schools from the conference.

West Division

Cal

Stanford

Oregon

Washington

Utah

Arizona

Arizona State

Louisville

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East Division

Clemson

Duke

North Carolina

Florida State

Miami

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Syracuse

This would not be a true merger, but rather the piecing together of a new power football conference that might hold its own against the Big Ten and SEC.

This option puts Louisville in an odd situation, being placed in the West Division, but regional proximity is a non-factor in many conference alignments these days. The flying distance from Louisville to Tucson (1,482 miles) is not much more than the distance from Seattle to Tucson (1,218 miles). UCLA and USC will be 2,800 miles from Big Ten member Rutgers.

The bigger issue is the elimination of eight schools from this format. We can knock Washington State, Oregon State and Wake Forest out of the equation without much hesitation, but it’s difficult to leave Colorado, Georgia Tech (Atlanta TV market), Boston College (the Boston TV market) and Pittsburgh out of the mix.

In this format each football team would play the seven other division foes, two opponents from the other division and three non-conference opponents. Division winners would face each other in the conference title game.

Notre Dame would simply be the 17th team in basketball, which has no divisions.

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Format Option No. 2 – Two nine-team divisions

West Division

Cal

Stanford

Oregon

Washington

Arizona

Arizona State

Utah

Louisville

Syracuse

.

East Division

Clemson

Duke

North Carolina

Florida State

Miami

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Georgia Tech

Boston College

Two more schools would be included but only one game against teams from the other division could be accommodated.

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Format Option …….

Source: https://www.si.com/college/cal/news/pac-12-acc-merger-possibilities

Imagine Clemson coming to Cal’s Memorial Stadium for a football game, or the Golden Bears playing a basketball game at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With a possible Pac-12/Big 12 merger and a potential Pac-12/Big 12/ACC merger already addressed, we now look at a final possibility in this trilogy of speculative conference mergers involving the Pac-12 — a Pac-12/ACC merger. 

After reports this week that the Pac-12 and ACC are discussing to a “loose partnership” that could lead to a championship game between the two conferences’ titlists, the notion of a bicoastal Pac-12/ACC merger that would require tons of travel miles does not seem so outlandish. SI.com reports the…….

Imagine Clemson coming to Cal’s Memorial Stadium for a football game, or the Golden Bears playing a basketball game at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With a possible Pac-12/Big 12 merger and a potential Pac-12/Big 12/ACC merger already addressed, we now look at a final possibility in this trilogy of speculative conference mergers involving the Pac-12 — a Pac-12/ACC merger. 

After reports this week that the Pac-12 and ACC are discussing to a “loose partnership” that could lead to a championship game between the two conferences’ titlists, the notion of a bicoastal Pac-12/ACC merger that would require tons of travel miles does not seem so outlandish. SI.com reports the…….

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