Looking at the ITA rankings as of today (they only show rankings for the top 75):
#37 SMU #38 Memphis Tied at #61: Charlotte and UTSA
We have played two conference foes thus far this spring, losing to FAU 1-4 and USF 3-4
Upcoming matches with confernce foes UTSA (March 2 at UNT), Wichita State, Rice, Charlotte, Tulane, Tulsa, Temple
It will be interesting to see if we can pull out some wins to avoid playing one of the very top seeds in the first round of the conference tournament at SMU in mid-April. Going to be tough with such a young team this year, but you never know!
Sure but at which point do you run into the Theseus Paradox. When you lose your storied programs and down to 2 teams, how much does history the brand even matter at that point. You’re “PAC” in name but no one will see you that way. That’s the argument ESPN, Fox, Apple, etc are making right now.
PAC brand > MWC brand.
MWC schools see an easy road to a P5 conference with a merger. However, PAC2 currently wants only the best names in the MWC, not all. MWC leadership is trying to push an all or none merger. Eventually the better programs like Boise, SDSU, etc will split away to the PAC anyway, if there is a reasonable media package being proposed.
The incentive for the ACC to work out a deal is to avoid the risk of losing in court and having the grant of rights ruled unenforceable, letting any school leave with no compensation to the conference.
The links above explained how both sides take a huge risk letting these cases reach a court judgment.