ESPN's Stats & Information department found that Virginia and Virginia Tech are two of the nation's best defenses when it comes to holding opponents to no gain or forcing a loss. These are important numbers that could benefit both teams in their respective bowl games if they can keep it up.
The Hokies lead the ACC and are fourth in the country, having held their opponents to no gain or a loss on 40.6 percent of their plays this year. Virginia has held its opponents to no gain or a loss on 39.9 percent of its plays this season, second-best in the ACC and sixth-best in FBS. The Cavaliers have been even better in their last four games, holding opponents to no yards or less on 43.8 percent of their plays. Here's a look at how the two ACC programs stack up with the other national leaders:
The highest percentage of opponent plays for no gain or loss: