Originally Posted by alnorth
This isn't Miss America where first you must win your state before going on to nationals and even if you are the 3rd-best in the country if #1 is also in your state too bad, we compare teams on their own merits.
All things being equal, FSU would obviously get the nod over UNC. All things aren't equal because UF/UGA/SC will block. Hypothetically, if UF did not exist, FSU would have been a member of the SEC years ago.
You're crazy. North Carolina is one of the best schools in the country. They have a huge, wealthy alumni base, are the flagship university of a reasonably well populated state, is one of the premier basketball factories, and is largely viewed as a sleeping giant in football.
Florida State is a second tier school in its own state in terms of popularity, is marginal academically, and has a strong football past that was all under a coach who left amid scandals.
They are still a solid get, but they aren't in the same league as North Carolina. That's why UNC drives the conference, and FSU just grumbles about it.