LOUISVILLE, KY - SEPTEMBER 17: Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers runs with the ball during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on September 17, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The ACC is actually hiring someone to figure out a three-way tie

The conference can't handle this themselves?

The ACC has decided that it will hire an outside contractor should the Atlantic Division come down to a three-way tie. With Louisville beating Florida State, the possibility of that tie is very real. FSU could beat Clemson and if the Tigers beat the Cardinals (with the assumption of no other ACC losses for each school) then we have a pretty odd situation.

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The ACC has partnered with SportSource Analytics, the same company that provides statistics to the College Football Playoff selection committee members. The highest-ranked team in the team rating score metric would win the Atlantic Division, and SportSource Analytics would permit the ACC to release the ranking of the teams in the conference in the event it is required to break a tie.

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Here's a simpler solution: calculate the points against and the points for each team throughout their ACC schedule or just the three games in which they played each other. Will that create some running up of the score if given the chance? Probably, but if you don't want to get embarrassed then get some stops on defense (that's always been my philosophy) and stop the other team from scoring so much.

It's just ridiculous that the conference doesn't have a system in place for a three-way tie in the division and is going to rely on contractors to just do math for them.


[h/t ESPN]