ACC Expansion: Is ACC Better Than the Pac-12 with Pitt, Syracuse?

Daniel BrommerCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 30:  Da'Mon Merkerson #6 of the Syracuse Orange celebrates victory with team mates after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on December 30, 2010 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Syracuse and Pitt both put in bids to join the ACC early this morning and what stemmed from it is a huge argument about new realignments, creating crystal ball theories for every writer, critic, college football personality, etc.

If everything goes through and Syracuse and Pitt do join the ACC without any problems, it's hard to imagine that they won't add two other teams knowing full well that the Big East will be done for.

The question is, does this move make the ACC better than the new Pac-12? On paper, absolutely not. Taking a look at the direction of the conferences, the Pac-12 has Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State, USC and Arizona, programs that are all up-and-coming. Stanford is in the Top 10 and Oregon will eventually finish in the Top 10 by season's end. Arizona is a program that is starting to excel under Mike Stoops and Arizona State has potential across the roster.

Looking at the ACC, realistically there are just two teams: Florida State and Virginia Tech. Pitt would add an extra boost, but Syracuse is an average team in the Big East; what are they going to do in the ACC? Looking at it through just a football standpoint, the move doesn't bolster the conference, but obviously it helps in basketball with both programs joining.

If Miami can create a comeback and North Carolina can start to realize that they are a good program and have a chance at being a good football team, then the ACC could start to emerge as a good program, but adding just Syracuse and Pitt doesn't give them an edge over the likes of the Pac-12, Big Ten or the SEC.

If the ACC wants to make some noise, they will add TCU, who will certainly be looking for a new home once the Big East is completely broken up. West Virginia wouldn't be a bad addition either, but this move is going to spark some controversy and it's going to further the expansion discussions .

The Pac-12 is still in conversations/rumors about adding Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State, basically making them the best conference in the country. The Pac-12 is striving to take up those bragging rights and if that move falls through, the Big 12 teams could look to join the SEC or even the Big Ten.

Either way, the ACC expanding needs to get better and the Pac-12's moves still appear to be better.