The ACC finished this year's bowl season with a record of 4-5. The conference hasn't posted a winning bowl record since 2005-2006, its first full season with 12 teams.
The play on the field was, well, not all that great either.
Phil Steele took a look at this year's top team bowl performances, and there was a lot more bad than good for the ACC in 2010-11. Knowing how BC struggled on offense, this is obviously not new news, but the offense finished in two of this bowl season's "Worst of ..." categories. BC finished with the second worst offensive output total (185 yards), behind only Michigan State, and finished with as the sixth worst rushing offense (64 yards, 2.6 per carry). To make matters worse, Nevada finished with the 10th best time of possession (34:46).
But BC's bowl performance was only one of the eggs the ACC laid this bowl season. Here are some of the other "Worst of ..." statistical performance for the ACC this season:
- 7th worst rushing performance (66 yards, 1.9 per carry)
- 10th worst scoring output (12 points)
- Stanford rolled up the 7th highest yards total on offense (534 yards), 5th highest yard differential (246 yards) and finished tied for 10th in total scoring (40 points)
- 3rd worst total scoring (7 points)
- 2nd worst total passing yards (41 yards), though this was expected
- 4th worst total passing yards (90 yards)
- Notre Dame had the fifth best time of possession (37:09)
- 5th worst total rushing yards (50 yards)
But hey, look at the positives. Maryland finished fourth in total points (51) and second in rush yards (297 yards, 7.8 per carry), though I'm not sure that says much when you go up against the worst defense in Division I-A. N.C. State had the sixth best time of possession (36:46) and held West Virginia to just 7 points (tied third worst total points). Miami finished with 319 yards passing, good for ninth best in the country. UNC held Tennessee to just 27 yards on the ground (3rd best), and Georgia Tech held Air Force to 287 total yards on offense (10th best). So that's at least something.