In the immediate picture, today's biggest loser wasn't Georgia Tech or Minnesota or Virginia Tech.
Sure, the Yellow Jackets became the latest ACC team to endure an early loss.
And Tim Brewster's countdown clock as head coach of the Golden Gophers is officially on.
And Virginia Tech fans ... well, those are some awfully disappointed campers right now. As well they should be.
But the real loser is Boise State, which was counting on that Virginia Tech victory on Monday to hold up as a reason the Broncos should remain in the top five --- and perhaps even make the national title game --- if they run the table.
Those dreams lasted less than five days.
Boise could still go undefeated, and chances are it will.
But it's best win is severely tarnished, and considering no ACC team has produced a perfect conference record in a decade, chances are the Hokies will be a three- or four-loss team (at minimum) come the end of the season.
The Broncos had a great argument. Through no fault of their own, that argument lost a lot of weight today. And to enough people, that will be enough to be cautious about where a perfect Boise State team will be ranked in the end-game.
From a national standpoint, no one will be hurt more by today's results than the titans of the Smurf Turf. Given how lousy an afternoon it already is for the ACC, that's a remarkable development indeed.