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26 Days Until Kansas Football: What if Kansas were in the ACC?

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Forget everything, basketball included: What if KU were in the ACC?

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At this point, I kinda just want to get this series over with. It’s been a depressing look through the Group of Five programs, and we’ve already taken a look at the Big 10, where it appears as if even schools like Illinois and Rutgers haven’t been Kansas-levels of bad.

But today, the ACC, not including Notre Dame. As always, we’ll use the F+ ratings available at FootballOutsiders.com. If you read up, the two components of F+ (S&P+ and FEI) both adjust for opponents and strength of schedule, so this should theoretically give us a pretty good idea of how well Kansas would fare outside of the Big 12.

Kansas in the ACC

School 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
School 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013
KANSAS 123 108 127 99 101
Boston College 43 92 70 36 65
Clemson 4 2 2 14 16
Florida State 35 7 12 15 1
Louisville 17 14 39 23 12
NC State 24 28 49 55 92
Syracuse 80 80 85 80 75
Wake Forest 29 65 92 101 81
Duke 52 68 74 51 41
Georgia Tech 67 43 64 8 34
Miami FL 15 12 62 31 36
North Carolina 95 22 24 70 38
Pittsburgh 79 21 46 43 54
Virginia 83 93 78 39 79
Virginia Tech 28 18 59 33 27

Good grief, Charlie Brown. By the numbers, Kansas is looking at one conference win over the past five years - Wake Forest in 2014.

As for head-to-head matchups, the only one was in 2014 when Kansas (99) played at Duke (51) and lost a 41-3 game.

NC State coach Dave Doeren, who many around these parts would like to see get a shot as the head coach at KU, took over the Wolfpack in 2013.

Syracuse has been consistently below average, but at least picks up a couple of conference wins ever year, and even knocked off Clemson in 2017.

As a whole, the ACC appears to be more competitive than the Big 10, who at least had a few sub-100 teams every year for Kansas to slum around with. There’s no such luck here in the ACC, and the Jayhawks would likely be in a football pickle similar to they one in which they currently find themselves in the Big 12.