The Hokies are alone in the ACC cellar, what with BC having beaten Wake last night and GT having beaten the Hokies last Saturday.
But the Hokies are also in last when it comes to the ACC teams and the RPI, and that means something for next year. Next year, the ACC will have 14 teams with SU and Pitt coming aboard, while the Big Ten will still only have 12. So the bottom two teams in the RPI at season’s end among the current ACC schools, SU and Pitt will be left out of the ACC Big Ten Challenge next season.
Who knows how it will be at season’s end, especially since VT will get an RPI bump from playing Duke and Miami and NC State in the coming weeks — but right now VT has the worst RPI in the league at No. 154. Clemson is second worst at 148. (GT at 119, Wake 130, BC 134). So Tech could find itself not in the ACC Big Ten Challenge next season.
That will only be an issue next season. Two seasons from now, the Big Ten will get 14 when Rutgers and Maryland come aboard.