A little bit earlier, I rolled out an old chart of the last of the unbeatens.
Seemed like a good idea, given Wake Forest’s loss to Virginia Tech tonight.
But what about those spoil sports? What happens to them?
It’s a great question, and one worth exploring in this chart featuring every team to knock off the final unbeaten since 1994 (postseason is NCAA tournament unless otherwise noted):
|2000||Seton Hall||22-10||Regional semis|
|1998||New Mexico||24-8||Second round|
|1996||George Washington ||21-8||First round|
That’s not a bad record; other than probation-addled Ohio State in 2005, only two non-tournament teams have taken out the final unbeaten. The last first-round flameout in the bunch was in 1999.
It’s a trend that bodes well for Virginia Tech, which still feels the pain of last year’s NCAA tournament snub. A road victory over a team likely to remain in the top 50 (and possibly top 25) of the RPI could carry the Hokies very, very far come March.
Farther, perhaps, than they went a season ago.