It’s only fair if we talk about the ACC’s 10 best OOC wins since 2010 we have to talk about the worst losses in that time span as well.
The good news is we have only one new entry since last year.
Keep in mind these aren’t always losses to bad teams, but some of these also were national stage games where the ACC team… well simply didn’t show up.
1. #13 Virginia Tech 16 James Madison 21 – September 11, 2010
This one is going to be hard to top. This Virginia Tech team rolled through the ACC winning all 9 games. They were the ACC’s best team in 2010. There was no question about that, but they couldn’t beat a 5 loss team from the Colonial conference on their home field. It didn’t get much lower for the ACC than this.
2. #14 Clemson 38 #22 West Virginia 70 – January 4, 2012
Following the season the 2010 ACC Champion Virginia Tech lost to James Madison, the ACC needed a bounceback. They didn’t get it from 2011 ACC Champion Clemson. I consider the 2010-2011 season as the rock bottom of the ACC’s national perception. Clemson went to the Orange Bowl and got 70 points dropped on them from Big East representative West Virginia. Clemson eventually overcame this loss to become a national power the last few years, but this was an absolute disastrous performance for Clemson and the ACC.
3. Duke 21 Richmond 23 – September 3, 2011
Losses like this for Duke, seem like an eternity ago. Still at the time you wondered if Duke would ever get to the point of consistent winner they are now. Losing 23 – 21 to FCS member Richmond was embarrassing for Duke and the ACC.
4. Boston College 31 Army 34 – October 6, 2012
Army went 2-10 in 2012, but one of those two wins came against Boston College 34-31. Boston College also went 2-10, but this Army team was awful. The Cadets also had a 20 point loss to FCS member Stony Brook. There’s more ugliness to come for Boston College.
5. Boston College 3 Central Florida 30 – October 10, 2011
We are finding out why Frank Spaziani is longer at Boston College. They went on the road in 2011 and lost by nearly 4 TDs, to a Central Florida team that went 5-7 (3-5) in Conference USA. Boston College has the distinction of being one of just two two-time participants on this list.
6. North Carolina 13 South Carolina 17– September 3, 2015
This loss was an anchor to North Carolina’s resume and the ACC’s credibility the entire 2015 season. The Tar Heels were the ACC’s Coastal Division champs and entered the ACC Title game with an 11-1 record, but only had the slimmest of chances of reaching the college football playoffs even if they had beat Clemson in the ACC Title game. The Tar Heels lone loss was to a bad South Carolina team that went 3-9 in 2015. It doesn’t matter if UNC was the better team by the end of the season, they lost when they played, and it was ugly.
7. Pittsburgh 10 Akron 21– September 27, 2014
Pittsburgh started in 2014 in decent fashion open the year 3-1, but the good will game to a crashing end when the Panthers lost by double digits to an Akron team from the MAC that went 5-7 (3-5) – at home. Ouch this one was really bad…
8. Georgia Tech 28 Middle Tennessee 49 – September 29, 2012
Two years before Georgia Tech magical 11-3 top 10 finish in 2014, Paul Johnson was starting to feel some heat. This 3 touchdown home loss to Middle Tennessee was one of the lowest points. While the Sun Belt conference’s Blue Raiders went 8-4, they also had losses to McNeese St. and a 45-0 defeat at the hands of Arkansas St.
9. North Carolina 41 East Carolina 70– September 14, 2014
There is something especially embarrassing about giving up 70+ points, and that’s what North Carolina did to the AAC’s East Carolina. North Carolina was 2-0 and on the fringe of the top 25, but they were run out of Greenville, NC. What made it even worse was in 2013, the Tar Heels gave up 55 points to the Pirates, proving they learned nothing from the year before. This game set the tone for one the worst defenses in the ACC in recent years.
10. Wake Forest 19 Louisiana-Monroe 21– September 14, 2013
This was the kind of loss where you knew it was close to the end for Wake Forest head Jim Grobe. Louisiana-Monroe finished 2013 6-6 with a 4-3 record in the Sun Belt conference, but went on the road and defeated Wake Forest.