Crazy Stat of the Year: The No. 17 team in college football has lost EVERY week

So on Thursday, the North Carolina Tar Heels, ranked No. 17 in the latest College Football Playoff polls, lost on the road to conference foe and arch-rival Duke, 28-27. On the surface of things, it just seems like another upset of a ranked team losing to an unranked opponent. But no, this loss by UNC goes much deeper.

If you consider all three polls that college football follows — Coaches Poll, AP Poll, and the CFP Poll — throughout a season, one may not notice that the No. 17 ranked team in one of the three polls has been defeated EVERY single week this year… don’t believe me?

  • Week 1 – USC Trojans (No. 17 in Coaches Poll), loss 52-6 to No. 1 Alabama
  • Week 2 – Oklahoma State Cowboys (Coaches Poll), loss 30-27 to Central Michigan
  • Week 3 – Ole Miss Revels (Coaches Poll), loss 48-43 to No. 1 Alabama
  • Week 4 – Arkansas Razorbacks (AP Poll), loss 45-24 to No. 10 Texas A&M
  • Week 5 – Michigan State Spartans (AP Poll), loss 24-21 to Indiana
  • Week 6 – North Carolina Tar Heels (AP Poll), loss 34-3 to No. 25 Virginia Tech
  • Week 7 – Virginia Tech Hokies (AP Poll), loss 31-17 to Syracuse
  • Week 8 – Arkansas Razorbacks (AP Poll), loss 56-3 to No. 21 Auburn
  • Week 9 – Utah Utes (AP Poll), loss 31-24 to No. 4 Washington
  • Week 10 – Baylor Bears (CFP Poll), loss 62-22 to TCU
  • Week 11 – North Carolina Tar Heels (CFP Poll), loss 28-27 to Duke
  • Week 12 – ???

When you go inside the numbers – of the 11 losses by the No. 17 incumbent, five of them (OKST, MSU, VT, BAY, UNC [2nd]) were to unranked teams, and five (OKST, MISS, UNC [1st], UTAH, BAY) were at home.

So basically when the new polls come out, any of them for that matter, and you see your team slotted at No. 17 in the polls, you might as well take the L and rest up, or save the travel if it’s on the road. If you’re a coach of said team, unless you have some God-like speech or specialize in exorcising demons, you may want to call the committee and ask to switch.

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As for Arkansas and North Carolina? Try something else. You did it twice… once is bad enough. Who will be the next victim?

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