Dabo Swinney frequently points out that he doesn't make the schedule, he just coaches the team.
But that doesn't mean that Clemson's head coach doesn't have some druthers concerning the roadmap the Tigers follow to their end-of-season goals.
Swinney can't imagine a world in which Clemson and Florida State would skip a year in what has become a battle of the league's top heavyweights.
On the other hand, he might not object to giving up the Tigers' annual 'crossover' rivalry game with Georgia Tech if it meant a better balanced schedule and a chance to play every team in the conference on a regular basis.
Even though the easiest way to open up the overall ACC schedule would be to play nine conference games instead of eight, Swinney says that an expanded league schedule would mean diminished flexibility for Clemson, which is tied into its annual state rivalry game against South Carolina and will now also play Notre Dame once in each three-season cycle.
"I've been a proponent for keeping the eight teams," Swinney said during the ACC coaches' teleconference this week. "I like the flexibility that it gives us, especially selfishly for us here at Clemson, and the fact that Notre Dame is rolling in as a non conference opponent, as well.
"I like the flexibility that we have with that and being able to play Auburn three years in a row, we're playing Georgia two years in a row...and of course we play South Carolina every year. I think that's something that helps us as a league as we get into this playoff type of format."
Should the ACC adopt a nine-game schedule, Clemson would have just one open slot to work with during the seasons in which the Tigers play Notre Dame.
Swinney described himself as "indifferent" to the issues of division makeup, or of eliminating divisions altogether.
"I think that for us, there's no way we're not going to play Florida State," Swinney said. "I just think that Clemson and Florida State have to play each other. That to me is like Alabama Auburn playing each other or Alabama Tennessee. It's just something that I think should happen.
"Our cross rival has been Georgia Tech. I don't know if there's a restructuring that might satisfy all of that. But again, for me, I'm pretty indifferent on the division stuff."
Swinney said balancing the schedule to allow all conference teams to play each other more frequently is more important to him than the makeup of each division or having permanent crossover rivalries.
He cited the example of Clemson and Virginia, who played last season at Charlottesville. Under the current setup, the teams won't play again until 2020, when the Cavaliers visit Death Valley. Clemson and Virginia aren't scheduled to play again at Charlottesville until at least 2025.
"The bigger thing for me is if there was a way to have more flexibility as far as these guys being able to experience playing every team in this league at some point before their four years are up," Swinney said.
"The one thing that I really wish that was different is that when a young man comes to Clemson, it would be great for him to be able to play every team in the league at some point over his career.
"With the setup that we have right now, that's just not the case."