Last week, we looked at how ACC teams fared in terms of yards per play. This week, we turn our attention to how the season played out in terms of the Adjusted Pythagorean Record, or APR. For an in-depth look at APR, click here. If you didn’t feel like clicking, here is the Reader’s Digest version. APR looks at how well a team scores and prevents touchdowns. Non-offensive touchdowns, field goals, extra points, and safeties are excluded. The ratio of offensive touchdowns to touchdowns allowed is converted into a winning percentage. Pretty simple actually.
Once again, here are the 2017 ACC standings.
Miami and Virginia kept the Yellow Jackets home for the holidays for the second time in three seasons.
2017 was a special season for the Clemson Tigers. Despite key losses from their title team, the defending national champions qualified for the College Football Playoff for the third consecutive season and in the process won their third consecutive ACC title. While the playoff is a relatively recent innovation, the ACC has been around for over 60 years, and in that time period, there have only been seven instances of a team winning three consecutive outright ACC titles.
1995 with Virginia and 1998 with Georgia Tech) prevented them from winning more than three outright titles in a row. Plus, with the addition of the ACC Championship Game in 2005, the conference only crowns an outright champion now instead of the potential for shared titles in the first 50+ years of the conference. Despite those qualifiers, this is still quite an accomplishment and the Tigers will take aim at becoming the first ACC team to ever win four consecutive outright conference titles in 2018.