We have more conference realignment coming next year. The ACC has agreed to expand to 18 teams and take in Stanford, Cal, and SMU. The Ohio State football team already has some new opponents next year with an expanded Big Ten. Now, current ACC teams will have the same.
I told you how conference realignment has ruined college football. Now that realignment continues. How does an expanded ACC affect the Ohio State football program moving forward? Right now, it doesn’t affect them very much at all.
None of the teams that were added are any good at football, nor does Ohio State have them on the schedule in the near future. What this does do is ensure the ACC has enough members when some current schools eventually leave for the Big Ten or the SEC.
Florida State has already been vocal about wanting to leave the conference for a bigger payday with the TV deals. Ohio State could end up having to face them as a conference opponent in the not-so-distant future if they remain unhappy with their position in the ACC.
Other teams could leave the ACC as well in search of more TV money. Miami, Clemson, and even Virginia Tech could all head for the Big Ten or SEC in search of more money. None of that is a certainty right now, but those are the most attractive programs for other conferences to bring in.
Right now, this does not affect the Buckeyes in the slightest. They just have to focus on this season and the last year of the 4-team playoff. Then they can start worrying about the new members of the Big Ten and how that will affect their chances of winning a national championship.
Until then, no one in the Ohio State athletic department should care about the new ACC.