I took a look at every loss since 1993 (not including 2020) where VT either:
- Lost to a team with a losing record
- Lost to a team with a winning record only because they beat VT (e.g. they were 6-5 but if VT won it would have been 5-6)
- Lost to an unranked G5/FCS team
Added wins for teams that:
- Won against a P5 team with a record equal or better than VTs
- Won against a P5 team that a equal or better records after throwing out the VT game results
- Won against a ranked G5 team
Added games in which we played a 10 win team. Since people were concerned at the lack of 10 win teams we have beaten I added every time that we either beat a 10+ win team, or lost to an 11+ win team. The reason for the difference is that take 2017 we had beaten a 10-3 Miami then they would have been 9-4 and wouldn't count as a victory over a 10 win team.
I also added totals to the Bad losses, Good wins, and 10 win chances. In 27 season, we have had 34 chances to beat a 10 win team. So approximately 1.25 times a year. We are 10/24 in games against 10+ win teams. In the last 9 years we have had 10 such games.
|Year||VT Record (conf)||Bad Loss||Good Win||Potential 10 Wins|
|1997||7-5 (5-2)||Miami U.||8-3||Syracuse||9-4||UNC||11-1|
|2004||10-3 (7-1)||NC State||5-6||Miami||9-3||USC||13-0|
|2015||7-6 (4-4)||ECU||5-7||NC State||7-6||UNC||11-3|
We have seen this 28 teams in 27 season. Even if you take out the losses to Miami U, and ECU then it's still 25 times in 27 season. On the whole there are two outlier years, 2014 and 2018. However, those both came in the last 6 seasons, so it is understandable for those are depressed about the state of the program. Our best streak of no bad losses is 3 years (1999, 2000, and 2001) where two of those years we had the best player in college football. The only other streak we had was 1993, and 1994.