1. Clemson Tigers: Clemson was the last team to defeat the Hurricanes, winning 40-10. With UNC’s loss, Clemson becomes the only ACC team with a chance of making the CFB playoffs, but they will need help from other teams who are losing ahead of them. During Rivalry Week, they face a South Carolina Gamecocks team that has just turned the once No. 1 Tennessee Volunteers on its head. Better not sleep.
2. Florida State Seminoles: The ‘Noles’ defeated the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, 49-17, on the back of the team’s five rushing touchdowns. FSU travels to Gainesville, FL where they have not won since 2017.
3. Louisville Cardinals: Recovering from their loss to Clemson, the Cardinals pounced on NCST’s troubles, winning 25-10. They have an interesting game against the Kentucky Wildcats.
4. NC State Wolfpack: NCST dropped its second straight game. Their defense appeared to be “one of the best,” holding the Louisville offense to just one offensive TD, but a game-changing 98-yard kickoff return put the cards ahead and the Wolf Pack never saw the lead again. The ‘Pack are hoping not to end the season on a three-game sled if they visit Chapel Hill.
5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons: The Deacons managed to fend off a comeback attempt by the Orange in the fourth quarter, ending their three-game losing streak. Hartman threw four TDs and the defense managed a pick six. WF walks down the street to play Duke.
6. Syracuse Orange: After a 6-0 start to the season, the Oranges went 0-5. The last half of the season was certainly going to be tougher than the first, but after that start Syracuse appeared to have been more competitive. The Orange has a nice chance to end on a high as they head to Chestnut Hill and take on BC.
7. Boston College Eagles: A week after a one-point upset to knock NCST out of the top-25, the Eagles put up their worst performance of the year, being knocked out 44-0 by the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. After a surprise arrival on the CFB scene, backup QB, Emmett Morehead, has been brought down to earth. He only managed nine of 22 attempts for 117 yards and then threw three INTs.
1. North Carolina Tar Heels: For the second straight season, GT somehow beat a UNC ranked team that should have beaten them by the block. Add this event to the extensive list of why the ACC can’t have nice things. The “good” teams in this conference are not consistent in beating the “bad” teams they are supposed to be dominating. Regardless, they’re still the best group in the awful, just awful Coastal division.
2. Pittsburgh Panthers: The Panthers managed to get the most out of the rest on the Coast by upending Duke 28-26. Abanikanda had another 100+ yard play, but the Pitt defense made that win possible. The Panthers had a scoop and a score fumble which turned out to be the deciding factor. The Panthers are heading to Coral Gables this weekend.
3. Duke Blue Devils: Riley Leonard threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns, and the Blue Devils offense dominated possession time. However, the scoop and score fumbled Duke during an offensive performance that looked like it should have been enough.
4. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets: Somehow GT managed what no one else seems to be able to do – make UNC QB, Drake Maye, look mortal. After North Carolina took a 17-0 lead, the Yellow Jackets defense kept them scoreless in the second half, keeping Maye to zero TDs for the first time of the year. Your game against UGA is almost certainly a loss, but don’t say that GT.
5. Miami Hurricanes: Ooooooh boy. The finger pointing seems to be starting and another multi-point loss, even if it’s Clemson, hurts. What can you say? Miami becomes Miami.
6. Virginia Tech Hokies: VT played its last game of the season and finished with a win, ending a seven-game losing streak against the Liberty Flames 23-22. Holston had a career day, scoring three goals while passing looked as poor as it had since the ODU opener. Importantly, the offense didn’t flip the ball and the rushing play crushed it while the team minimized penalties. The defense showed up and played their best of the season, winning the turnover battle that put the offense in several short-field situations. All eyes are on the future.
7. Virginia Cavaliers: UVA canceled the last two games of the season.
1. (#8 CFBP / #7 AP / #8 Coach) Clemson Tigers (10-1, 8-0 ACC) – Static
2nd (#17/#18/#17) North Carolina Tar Heels (9-2, 6-1) – Static
3rd (#16/#16/#16) Florida State Seminoles (8-3, 5-3) – Static
4. (No. 15/unr./unr.) Louisville Cardinals (7-4, 4-4) – Up One
5. Pittsburgh Panthers (7-4, 4-3) – Three leads
6. NC State Wolfpack (7-4, 4-4) – Up one
7. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-4. 3-4) – Down One
8. Duke Blue Devils (7-4, 4-3) – Four down
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-6, 4-4) – Up two
10. Syracuse Orange (6-5, 3-4) – Down one
11. Miami Hurricanes (5-6, 3-4) – Down one
12. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-8, 1-6) – Plus Two
13. Virginia Cavaliers (3-7, 1-6) – Static
14. Boston College Eagles (3-8, 2-5) – down two