[Ed. note -- Front Page'd. Will definitely have more on this when the dust settles.]
Mentally escaping from the current state of the BC football program I began thinking about the new 16-team inevitability. I started thinking about how to make sure you don't play a team once a decade. I love the idea of the pods because it gives us the following setup:
Pod A: Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4
Pod B: Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4
Pod C: Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4
Pod D: Team 1, Team 2, Team 3, Team 4
In order for the below to work, you need to go a nine game schedule -- which also seems inevitable -- which results in the below. This assumes you are Team 1 in Pod A (or A1 to keep things tidy).
Year 1 schedule:
A2 (home) A3 (away) A4 (home) B1 (home) B2 (away) C1 (away) C2 (home) D1 (home) D2 (away)
Year 2 schedule:
A2 (away) A3 (home) A4 (away) B1 (away) B2 (home) C1 (home) C2 (away) D1 (away) D2 (home)
Year 3 schedule:
A2 (home) A3 (away) A4 (home) B3 (home) B4 (away) C3 (away) C4 (home) D3 (home) D4 (away)
Year 4 schedule:
A2 (away) A3 (home) A4 (away) B3 (away) B4 (home) C3 (home) C4 (away) D3 (away) D4 (home)
If you're a Boston College student, this guarantees that you will see every team in the ACC at Alumni before you graduate. The same can not be said of the current set up, and will be even less so if the ACC goes to two 8-team divisions and maintains the rivalry game - which would mean you play the seven teams in your division, one 'rivalry game' (and perhaps one rotating game that slowly works a home-and-home rotation through the other seven teams in the other division).
The only question the pods create is who goes to the championship game. Do you have a 4-team bracket or do you negotiate two BCS AQ slots and have A play B and C play D to get those two spots?