Syracuse Orange to ACC: The Implications

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIISeptember 17, 2011

DENVER - MARCH 18:   Syracuse's mascot Otto the Orangemen and team cheerleaders celebrate a win over the BYU Cougars during their first round game of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament March 18, 2004 at Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Syracuse won 80-75. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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It has just been broken on ESPN's College Gameday that Syracuse and Pitt have applied to become members of the ACC.

The main question now—what are the implications? 

Football wise, the ACC is a definite upgrade from the Big East. With Pitt coming to the ACC as well, the ACC suddenly looks like the old Big East with Virginia Tech, Miami and Boston College. 

As fans saw earlier this season with Wake Forrest, the overall quality from top to bottom is much better than the Big East. Wake was a basement dweller last season and it took an injury to Tanner Price before their offensive machine slowed. 

Virginia Tech, Miami, Pitt, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Clemson are all quality opponents and ESPN always seems to have ACC games on nationally. 

The interesting thing about ACC football is that the big teams mentioned above always seem to under perform. Virginia Tech, Clemson, Miami, and North Carolina always seem to be "the next big contender" in the NCAA, yet find ways to make all the experts look like idiots. Pitt seemingly adds to this tradition. 

Overall, the move is an upgrade for the Orange. The ACC carries a lot more weight than the Big East, and finishing middle of the pack in the ACC is sure to yield a better bowl game than finishing similarly in the Big East. 

What do you guys think? Remember, this move is NOT YET set in stone.