Boston College lost to No. 4 Notre Dame, 21-6.
Clemson lost to No. 13 South Carolina, 27-17.
Duke lost at No. 25 Stanford, 50-13.
Florida State lost to No. 6 Florida, 37-26.
Georgia Tech lost at No. 3 Georgia, 42-10.
Miami lost at No. 21 Kansas State, 52-13.
Miami lost to No. 3 Notre Dame in Chicago, 41-3.
North Carolina lost at No. 19 Louisville, 39-34.
Wake Forest lost at No. 3 Notre Dame, 38-0.
This marks the first regular season since 2006 that the ACC went 0-for against top-25 teams from afar. The league was 0-5 that year, plus 0-2 against ranked teams in bowls.
ACC teams also dropped their final six games last season against ranked non-conference opponents. Here’s that six-pack:
Boston College lost at No. 24 Notre Dame, 16-14.
Clemson lost at No. 14 South Carolina, 34-13.
Clemson lost to No. 23 West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, 70-33.
Florida State lost to No. 1 Oklahoma, 23-13.
Georgia Tech lost to No. 13 Georgia, 31-17.
The ACC's most recent top-25 conquests were on Sept. 17, 2011, when Clemson defeated No. 21 Auburn, and Miami bested No. 17 Ohio State.
Next season, ACC programs again will have ample opportunity to repair the conference’s image. Clemson and North Carolina play South Carolina; Georgia Tech and Clemson face Georgia; Miami and Florida State meet Florida; Boston College travels to Southern California; Pittsburgh hosts Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech opens against Alabama in the Georgia Dome.
For that, league coaches and athletic directors deserve credit. More years than not, they schedule ambitiously.
Now about the scoreboard …
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