<
>

ACC's friendliest defenses

On Wednesday we looked at the ACC's top offenses in plays of 20 yards or more. Now it's time to look at the defenses that allowed them. (Note to Bud Foster: This message contains graphic material that might not be suited for lunch pails). These lists serve as a reminder that Boston College has one of the consistently best defenses in the country and the ACC, and that defense wasn't the problem under former Virginia coach Al Groh. That should be good news for Georgia Tech fans.

Thanks to information compiled by ESPN's Stats & Info crew, here's how the ACC ranked in plays of at least 20 yards allowed:

2010

Boston College (37) -- 11th in the country

North Carolina (44)

Maryland (46)

Clemson (47)

Florida State (50)

Georgia Tech (51)

Miami (51)

NC State (57)

Wake Forest (58)

Virginia (62)

Duke (64)

Virginia Tech (68)

2009

Virginia (37) -- 10th in the country

North Carolina (40)

Boston College (41)

Duke (43)

Clemson (46)

NC State (47)

Virginia Tech (47)

Wake Forest (55)

Miami (56)

Maryland (63)

Georgia Techh (67)

Florida State (82) - worst in the country

2008

Virginia (30) -- fourth in the country

Boston College (38)

Clemson (40)

North Carolina (41)

Georgia Tech (44)

Wake Forest (44)

Maryland (46)

Duke (47)

Florida State (53)

Virginia Tech (54)

Miami (56)

NC State (58)