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2015-2016 Is On Pace For The Worst Boston College Season Of the ACC Era

Despite basketball's battle on Tuesday, the loss clinched a new record for Boston College in football and basketball since joining the ACC. All the while, the Eagles remained winless in conference, pushing 2015-2016 closer to the brink of an 0-fer.

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Following Tuesday night's near-upset of the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Boston College basketball team watched their record fall to 7-17 on the season. They remained winless on the year in conference play, falling to 0-11. Despite playing a great type of game in an electric atmosphere, it was still a loss, and at the end of the day, BC's harrowing fall continued through an equally tough winter.

The losses are mounting, and people are really starting to take notice. Steve Buckley of The Boston Herald offered his take after the Eagle loss to North Carolina, calling it a "new low."

Looking within the numbers and strictly by the records, this year isn't that far off.

The ACC Era

Year Football Win-Loss Basketball Win-Loss Total Win-Loss Winning Percentage (Change)
2005 9-3 (5-3) 28-8 (11-5) 37-11 (16-8) .770/.667
2006 10-3 (5-3) 21-12 (10-6) 31-15 (15-9) .673/.625 (-.097/-.042)
2007 11-3 (6-2) 14-17 (4-12) 24-20 (10-14) .545/416 (-.128/-.209)
2008 9-5 (5-3) 22-12 (9-7) 31-17 (14-10) .645/583 (+.100/+.167)
2009 8-5 (5-3) 15-16 (6-10) 23-21 (11-13) .522/.458 (-.123/-.125)
2010 7-6 (4-4) 21-13 (9-7) 28-19 (13-11) .595/.541 (+.073/+.083)
2011 4-8 (3-5) 9-22 (4-12) 13-30 (7-17) .302/.291 (-.293/-.250)
2012 2-10 (1-7) 16-17 (7-11) 18-27 (8-18) .400/.307 (+.098/+.016)
2013 7-6 (4-4) 8-24 (4-14) 15-30 (8-18) .333/.307 (-.067)/.000)
2014 7-6 (4-4) 13-19 (4-14) 20-25 (8-18) .444/.307 (+.111/.000)
2015 3-9 (0-8) 7-17 (0-11)* 10-26 (0-19)* .285/.000 (-.159/-.307)*

Strictly by the numbers, this is a season that is quickly sliding towards unprecedented territory. Following the loss to UNC, BC fell to 0-19 in the two major sports in the ACC (football and basketball), one more loss than the previous three years with a number of games still remaining. BC needs three wins to avoid setting a new worst wins total, set in 2011. If BC was pushing towards the brink, there's a very real possibility that they're about to head there.

Throughout the years, one spot has often been offset by the other with only one exception - 2011. In 2011, both the football and basketball programs struggled mightily, going 4-8 and 9-22, respectively. BC finished that year 13-30, but they still managed to get seven ACC wins.

That's a number that even the past three seasons was able to avoid because one sport offset the other. In 2012, basketball nearly went .500, offsetting the 2-10 football season to a level of a degree. In 2013 and 2014, football went 7-6 with four league wins, offsetting what was a really tough stretch for the basketball team.

If BC is able to start putting together improvements, which Brad Bates believes is coming in his comments to Buckley, then 2015 will almost certainly be the nadir of rock bottom. This has been an absolute in terms of a trying year, and the winless ACC record is what stands out.

If you believe in the future, as I've stated that I do, you'll believe that this year is the darkest year because it's the year when they had to put footing down and deal with what was the barest of bare cupboards. If you don't believe in them, then you'll think there's no hope. Ultimately, we won't know which side is true until the next couple of seasons, when we'll see if there's been improvement off of this year or if the construction and rebuilding process proved futile.