The ACC football regular season nears a close as basketball season tips off this Friday. While were excited to turn our attention to the hardwood there is still a lot to play for in this last month. Here is the week’s conference power rankings:
1. Clemson (9-0 overall, 6-0 ACC)
It’s simple for Dabo Swinney and his team. Win the remaining games on their schedule and they will be back in the College Football Playoff. The health of quarterback DeShaun Watson’s shoulder will be monitored in the upcoming weeks.
Next: vs Pittsburgh
2. Louisville (8-1 overall, 6-1 ACC)
Bobby Petrino was not pleased with the Cardinals playoff ranking.
Petrino: "Maybe I made a mistake. Maybe I should've left our starters out there against Florida State and scored 80." Asked about CFP rank.— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) November 5, 2016
Godspeed to all those left on Louisville’s schedule. Also, Petrino is right about the fact that Clemson should be ahead of Alabama.
Next: vs. Wake Forest
3. Virginia Tech (7-2 overall, 5-1 ACC)
Credit to the Hokies, they just keep winning and don’t look like a team that will trip up. But for the love of God please lose!
Next: vs. Georgia Tech
4. North Carolina (7-2 overall, 5-1 ACC)
Carolina has hit its stride offensively after cruising past Georgia Tech on Saturday. Unfortunately, if Virginia Tech wins out the Tar Heels will be likely bound for the Russell Athletic Bowl or once again, the Belk Bowl.
Message for commissioner John Swofford: GET THE CONFERENCE BETTER BOWL TIES! WHO THE HELL WANTS TO PLAY IN SHREVEPORT OR EL PASO TEXAS!
Next: at Duke
5. Florida State (6-3 overall, 3-3 ACC)
The Seminoles survived Raleigh and need to keep winning so that they can either help Carolina’s CFP ranking or backdoor their way into the New Year’s Six on name alone. I’m not salty about last year at all.
Next: vs Boston College
6. Wake Forest (6-3 overall, 3-2 ACC)
Dave Clawson has Wake bowl eligible. He’s the ACC coach of the year.
Next: at Louisville
7. Miami (5-4 overall, 2-3 ACC)
Remember when the AP ranked Miami in the Top 10? Good times.
Next: at Virginia
8. Pittsburgh (5-4 overall, 2-3 ACC)
Don’t forget that this Pitt team beat Penn State who is not a Top 10 team even though the committee will likely rank them there Tuesday night. Also, how do you let Miami blow you out after they lost to Notre Dame?
Next: at Clemson
9. Georgia Tech (5-4 overall, 2-4 ACC)
Here’s to hoping that Paul Johnson has an upset up his sleeve and that Justin Thomas is healthy come Saturday.
Next: at Virginia Tech
10. Syracuse (4-5 overall, 2-3 ACC)
Dino Babers has done a fine job in his first year at Cuse and the loss to Clemson should have been expected. The loss of quarterback Eric Dungey didn’t help.
Next: vs. NC State
11. NC State (4-5 overall, 1-4 ACC)
It would have been the most NC State (insert poop emoji) had the Wolfpack gone from losing to Clemson in a game they probably should have won to getting boat raced to letting the Boston College joke end to upsetting Florida State. That didn’t happen and Dave Doeren and the Wolfpack fan base should move on to basketball where they’ll likely face more heartache.
Next: at Syracuse
12. Virginia (2-7 overall, 1-4 ACC)
I still don’t understand why Bronco Mendenhall left BYU for Virginia. Maybe he’s a big Thomas Jefferson fan or some kind of history buff.
Next: vs. Miami
13. Duke (3-6 overall, 0-5 ACC)
Yes, Duke hasn’t won a league game, but they don’t look completely incompetent at times like the team in Chestnut Hill.
Next: vs. North Carolina
14. Boston College (4-5 overall, 1-5 ACC)
Congratulations BC you won a conference game! Congratulations you followed it up with a blowout loss to Louisville! Cheers to the streak starting over!
Next: at Florida State