The Detrimental Consequences of Florida State’s Departure from the ACC

Florida State’s decision to leave the ACC is reactionary. The school failed to overturn the College Football Playoff decision and now is considering leaving the conference. Despite frustrations with the ACC, it remains advantageous for Florida State as the CFP expands to 12 teams. The conference qualifies as a Power Four conference and offers a relatively easy path to the postseason. Joining more grueling SEC or Big Ten regular seasons makes no sense. The ACC’s future might be uncertain, but for now, staying put would mean an easier path to the playoff. The real revenue comes from the Power Four conferences, so it’s in the best interest of schools to stay put. Ultimately, Florida State’s path to the playoff will get easier without having to change conferences.