A couple weeks ago, the Southeastern Conference bucked the "Big Five" trend of a nine-game schedule.
The move, of course, pleases the conference's flagship football schools, Clemson and Florida State, which faced a scheduling conundrum juggling an extra conference game, SEC rivalries and the rotation with Notre Dame.
In late April, ESPN polled the ACC athletic directors and found at least seven favoring the nine-game slate and a number of swing votes.
Clemson AD Dan Radakovich argued recently for the individual schools to bolster their con-conference scheduling instead of making the nine-game move.
“If they don’t have that rival at the end of the year, then they need to schedule a college football playoff equity conference game on a home-and-home basis,” Radakovich told ESPN. “If they don’t have that rival, they need to schedule two, but they can do that based on when Notre Dame rolls on and off their schedule.”
Also on the table, pending NCAA approval, is "scrapping divisions" says CBSSports.com national writer Jeremy Fowler.
No league could benefit more from breaking free from the traditional divisional system than the ACC, which has as unwieldy a regional makeup as any of the major conferences.
One potential model presented by the News & Observer is teams having three permanent opponents and two sets of five teams to play in a four-year period. Those rotations of five could be played back-to-back seasons or every other year.
It's a model that would satisfy AD and coaches' concerns over not playing certain teams and in certain markets enough.
The N&O had their model, but looking at it from a Clemson perspective, here's another 3-by-5...
Clemson 3X5 model
Permanent opponents: Florida State, Georgia Tech, N.C. State.
First five: Boston College, Louisville, Duke, Miami, Virginia.
Next five: Syracuse, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, UNC, Pittsburgh.