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I did an entry maybe a month or so ago about the record of ACC teams while ranked.

It wasn’t good then. And it’s gotten worse since.

With Maryland, Miami and North Carolina all falling this weekend, it’s made for a nice 0-5 run for ranked ACC teams over the last two weeks.

And by nice, I mean not-so-nice.

Parity is all well and good, and an absolutely huge development for the conference is Duke’s rise to semi-respectability. With the Blue Devils at 4-7 (and throwing scares into division leaders in late November), there is officially no punching bag in the ACC.

It doesn’t preclude the conference from being treated like a pinata for its inability to produce one steady team that can be counted upon for consistent, above-average play.

There hasn’t been an ACC team in the top 15 since the preseason poll (back when Clemson was No. 9). There have only been two meetings between ranked ACC teams all season.

And the conference’s ranked teams have compiled a combined record of 10-18.

As a mildly unfair point of comparison, the four Big 12 South powers (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech) are a combined 10-5 against ranked teams – let alone the unblemished record they all possess against unranked foes. Granted, they’re 4-4 against each other, but still.

All this is a nice way of saying fans of Boston College, Florida State and Georgia Tech should all be a little nervous this week. Those are the schools entering the final week of the season with a little number next to their name. And if there’s anything about the following results, it’s that prosperity (and poll positioning) doesn’t last in the ACC, circa 2008:

WEEK 1 (1-2)

Alabama 34, No. 9 Clemson 10
East Carolina 27, No. 17 Virginia Tech 22
No. 23 Wake Forest 41, Baylor 13

WEEK 2 (1-0)

No. 20 Wake Forest 30, Ole Miss 28

WEEK 3 (0-0, bye: No. 20 Wake Forest)

WEEK 4 (2-1)

No. 18 Wake Forest 12, No. 24 Florida State 3
No. 21 Clemson 54, South Carolina State 0

WEEK 5 (0-2)

Navy 24, No. 16 Wake Forest 17
Maryland 20, No. 20 Clemson 17

WEEK 6 (1-0, bye: No. 25 Wake Forest)

No. 20 Virginia Tech 27, Western Kentucky 13

WEEK 7 (2-0, bye: No. 18 Virginia Tech)

No. 21 Wake Forest 12, Clemson 7
No. 22 North Carolina 29, Notre Dame 24

WEEK 8 (0-3)

Boston College 28, No. 17 Virginia Tech 23
Virginia 16, No. 18 North Carolina 13 (OT)
Maryland 26, No. 21 Wake Forest 0

WEEK 9 (1-2)

Virginia 24, No. 21 Georgia Tech 17
North Carolina 45, No. 23 Boston College 24
No. 24 Florida State 30, Virginia Tech 20

WEEK 10 (0-1; bye: No. 25 Maryland)

Georgia Tech 31, No. 16 Florida State 28

WEEK 11 (2-2)

Virginia Tech 23, No. 23 Maryland 13
No. 19 North Carolina 28, No. 22 Georgia Tech 7
No. 24 Florida State 41, Clemson 27

WEEK 12 (0-2)

Maryland 17, No. 17 North Carolina 15
Boston College 27, No. 20 Florida State 17

WEEK 13 (0-3)

Florida State 37, No. 22 Maryland 3
Georgia Tech 41, No. 23 Miami 23
N.C. State 41, No. 25 North Carolina 10

SCHOOL-BY-SCHOOL WHILE RANKED:

Wake Forest: 4-2
Florida State: 2-3
North Carolina: 2-3
Clemson: 1-2
Virginia Tech: 1-2
Boston College: 0-1
Miami: 0-1
Georgia Tech: 0-2
Maryland: 0-2

Patrick Stevens

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