Boston College Football: Adventures In The Transitive Property, Week 6

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According to the transitive property (which never works in football, by the way), let's take a look at where Boston College winds up this season...

The 100% accurate and completely infallible transitive property is kind to Boston College this week. Thanks, Wake Forest! #therivalry. Let's see where we stand after this week's games.

Here's the transitive property breakdown of the rest of Boston College's season:

W - @ Clemson Tigers (4-2, 2-1 ACC)

-- Boston College beat Wake Forest, 24-10
-- Wake Forest is better than Clemson because Wake Forest beat N.C. State 28-13 while Clemson only beat N.C. State 26-14

Therefore, Boston College is better than Clemson as shown in 2 games by a combined score of 66-49.

W - @ North Carolina Tar Heels (5-2, 3-1 ACC)

-- Boston College beat Wake Forest, 24-10
-- Wake Forest is better than Clemson because Wake Forest beat N.C. State 28-13 while Clemson only beat N.C. State 26-14
-- Clemson beat Georgia, 38-35
-- Georgia beat South Carolina, 41-30
-- South Carolina beat North Carolina, 27-10

Therefore, Boston College is better than North Carolina as shown in 5 games by a combined score of 172-124.

W - Virginia Tech Hokies (6-2, 4-1 ACC)

-- Boston College beat Wake Forest, 24-10
-- Wake Forest is better than Clemson because Wake Forest beat N.C. State 28-13 while Clemson only beat N.C. State 26-14
-- Clemson beat Georgia, 38-35
-- Georgia beat South Carolina, 41-30
-- South Carolina is better than Virginia Tech because South Carolina beat North Carolina 27-10 while Virginia Tech only beat North Carolina 27-17

Therefore, Boston College is better than Virginia Tech as shown in 5 games by a combined score of 189-151.

W - @ New Mexico St. Aggies (7-2, 4-1 ACC)

-- Boston College beat Army, 48-27
-- Army beat Louisiana Tech, 35-16
-- Louisiana Tech beat UTEP, 38-35
-- UTEP beat New Mexico State, 42-21

Therefore, Boston College is better than New Mexico State as shown in 4 games by a combined score of 163-99.

W - N.C. State Wolfpack (8-2, 5-1 ACC)

-- Boston College beat Wake Forest, 24-10
-- Wake Forest beat N.C. State, 28-13

Therefore, Boston College is better than NC State as shown in 2 games by a combined score of 52-23.

W - @ Maryland Terrapins (9-2, 6-1 ACC)

-- Boston College is better than Maryland because Boston College only lost to Florida State 48-34 while Maryland lost to Florida State 63-0

Therefore, Boston College is better than Maryland as shown in 1 game by a combined score of 97-48.

W - @ Syracuse Orange (10-2, 7-1 ACC)

-- Boston College beat Wake Forest, 24-10
-- Wake Forest beat NC State, 28-13
-- N.C. State is better than Syracuse because N.C. State only lost to Clemson 26-14 while Syracuse lost to Clemson 49-14

Therefore, Boston College is better than Syracuse as shown in 3 games by a combined score of 115-63.

Depending on the transitive property result of Clemson vs. Florida State, Boston College could find itself in a transitive property three-way tie at 7-1 atop the ACC's Atlantic Division transitive property standings. I don't want to think about who wins the tiebreaker in this transitive property scenario, but suffice it to say Boston College would fare very well in the ACC's bowl pecking order (taking the decision out of a lot of bowl's hands with the ACC's one-loss rule).

Anything is possible, right?

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