Should Clemson, VT been crossover rivals?
But when it came to Clemson and Virginia Tech, the conference blew its chance to properly leverage the power of their two other most prominent football schools.
At the time of expansion in 2004, Clemson was already a program with great tradition, a passionate fan base, and a 78,000 seat stadium. Virginia Tech had played for a national in 1999 and had been ranked in the top five every season from 2000-2003. They had a reputation as a rabid fan base and had recently expanded their stadium to over 65,000 seats.
Aligning Clemson and Virginia Tech as crossover rivals, thus guaranteeing annual matchups, seemed to make as much sense as FSU-Miami, but the ACC league office, in its wisdom, instead set up Boston College as Virginia Tech’s crossover rival. Clemson, meanwhile, drew Georgia Tech.
Even fans of Boston College and Georgia Tech have to admit that a Clemson-VT matchup is much sexier than VT-BC or Clemson-GT.
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