ACC Football Enjoys Nonconference Success

 

ACC teams are 27-5 versus opponents from outside the conference, including considerable success against ranked opponents.

Steve Phillips, Special to theACC.com

Over the last two years, the ACC owns seven victories over ranked nonconference opponents, tied for the most of any league. Six different ACC teams have beaten a ranked nonconference opponent over the last two years, also tied for the most nationally. Two ACC teams will attempt to add to that total on Saturday, as Virginia travels to No. 21 BYU (3:30 p.m.; ESPN) and Miami faces No. 24 Nebraska (8 pm.; ESPN2).

Other nonconference games involving ACC teams on Saturday include Iowa at Pitt (noon; ESPU), Maryland at Syracuse (12:30 p.m.; ACC Network), Tulane at Duke (12:30 p.m.; RSN), Maine at Boston College (1 p.m.; ESPN3); North Carolina at East Carolina (3:30 p.m.; EPNU); Louisville at FIU (3:30 p.m.; Fox Sports 1), Army at Wake Forest (3:30 p.m.; ESPN3) and Presbyterian at NC State (6 p.m.; ESPN3).

Of Note ...

  • Ten of the ACC’s 14 teams are either ranked or receiving votes in a national poll this week.
  • The FWAA Team of the Week award has gone to ACC teams two straight weeks. This week, Boston College earned the honor for its upset victory over USC.
  • National awards won by ACC players this week include Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week (Boston College’s Josh Keyes) and Athlon Sports National Freshman of the Week (Duke’s Shaun Wilson). Georgia Tech’s Justin Thomas (Manning Award Quarterback of the Week nominee), Miami’s Phillip Dorsett (Hornung Award Honor Roll), and Virginia’s Ian Frye (Groza Award Kicking Star of the Week) were also recognized for their play last week.

Wins Over Top 10 Teams

  • For only the second time in league history and first since 1981, two unranked ACC teams have upset Top 10 nonconference opponents.
  • The two Top 10 nonconference victories for the ACC this year are more than every other league combined.

Wins Against Ranked Opponents Over the Last Two Years

  • The ACC has five wins over Top 10 nonconference opponents over the last two years, marking the first time over any two-year stretch in league history (2013 Clemson vs. Georgia, 2013 Clemson vs. Ohio State, 2013 Florida State vs. Auburn, 2014 Virginia Tech vs. Ohio State, 2014 Boston College vs. USC).
  • The five victories over Top 10 nonconference opponents the last two seasons are as many as every other league combined.

    ACC – 5
    AAC – 1
    Big 12 – 1
    Big Ten – 1
    Pac 12 – 1
    SEC – 1

  • Over the last two years, the ACC has seven victories over ranked nonconference opponents, tied for the most of any league.
  • Nine different teams nationally have defeated a Top 10 nonconference opponent over the last two years. Four are in the ACC (Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech), and no other league has more than one on the list.
  • Six different ACC teams have beaten a ranked nonconference opponent over the last two years, tied for the most of any league.

Nonconference Wins and Schedule

  • The ACC holds a collective 27-5 record against nonconference competition, with two of the losses coming against ranked opponents (UCLA and Georgia).
  • ACC teams will play 11 games against teams ranked in this year’s AP preseason Top 25, the most of any Power 5 Conference.
  • The ACC is scheduled to play 17 games against Power Five teams, tied for the most among the group.