If I had a conference, led by a pair of elite teams who just happen to be lumped together in the same division; and if I had carte blanche to arrange the season's schedule any way I wanted, placement of those teams' head-to-head meeting would seem to be a no-brainer.
Write the Clemson-Florida State game down in permanent ink on November 16 (or Nov. 14 if you prefer), then take out the pencil and eraser and starting sketching from there.
The ACC's schedule-makers, it seems, have no flair for the dramatic.
As schedules go, the 2013 slate delivered to Clemson earlier this week by the ACC could be worse...much worse.
Bookended by high-profile, non-conference matches against top 10 opponents Georgia and South Carolina, Clemson's schedule between those two games meanders along in no great hurry as it helps define the 2013 ACC title race.
The Tigers will be idle on four Saturdays next fall. Two Thursday night games are preceded by open dates. There is just one set of back-to-back road games. Clemson's first bye is well-placed for assessing the Tigers' strengths and weaknesses heading into the conference portion of the schedule. The second allows some physical and mental recovery time headed into the home-stretch sequence of Georgia Tech, Citadel and South Carolina.
For those making the trip, Syracuse, N.Y. should be nice the first weekend of October.
But what about the Seminoles?
For one, they get an open week to prepare for the Tigers. But that's beside the point.
Last season, the ACC's powers-that-be decided to get the most high-profile and hype-able contest on the league schedule out of the way first.
This year's schedule does a little better. The FSU game at Death Valley on October 19 is the fifth conference game for Clemson and the fourth for Seminoles.
If Clemson wins, the Tigers will switch into business-trip mode the next two weekends for trips to College Park and Charlottesville, before finishing at home on Thursday night against Georgia Tech.
But why not Florida State instead of Georgia Tech, coming to the Upstate on a Thursday night; both teams unbeaten and ranked in the top five in the country?
It might not have worked out that way, but there's certainly a possibility.
The credibility-hungry ACC missed its chance.
Is anyone paying attention?