We're in a brave new world now. In exchange for a Scrooge McDuck vault swimming with ACC Network money, we have to put up with crazy things like opening the season against an ACC foe who happens to be the defending National Champion, and going on the road in December to play another ACC opponent. More conference games. More inventory for the Network. You don't have to like it, you just have to accept it.
That all being said, this is not the situation Jim Boeheim wants to be in with this team on December 7. Traveling to Atlanta for a conference game at this point is not ideal.