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ACC Power Rankings: Week 12

A certain team may or may not be back.

NCAA Football: Notre Dame at Miami Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Last weekend’s saw two teams clinch division titles and the ACC, one of whom really announced themselves as a contender for a playoff spot. Let’s check out how the conference is looking after a big weekend.

1. Miami (9-0, 6-0 ACC)

The Hurricanes move up to #1, and deservedly so after their performance Saturday night. Miami beat Notre Dame by 33 points, and proved their ACC championship and possible playoff birth credentials.

Thanks to results around the conference last week, the Hurricanes also clinched the Coastal Division title. When Miami first joined the conference., nobody would have expected it to take until 2017 for them to appear in a ACC Championship Game, but they’re there now.

This week: vs. Virginia

2. Clemson (9-1, 7-1 ACC)

It maybe took a little longer than it should have, but Clemson continued to roll in their win last week against Florida State. Had Miami not won the way it had, Clemson would still probably be seen as the conference favorite. The Tigers still might be, but it’s not as clear as it would have seemed earlier in the season.

Like Miami, the Tigers also clinched a spot in the ACC title game. Their win against FSU sealed a spot thanks to the Tigers holding the tiebreaker over NC State.

This week: vs. The Citadel

3. NC State (7-3, 5-1 ACC)

State’s chances at a spot in Charlotte ended last weekend, but they did still pick up another win. They held Boston College to just 14 points, which would not have seemed impressive before the season, but does seem pretty good now. Thanks to some other results, they do appear to be the best team in the conference’s second tier.

This week: @ Wake Forest

4. Virginia Tech (7-3, 3-3 ACC)

The Hokies suffered a second straight loss, but their résumé as a whole still gives them an edge on all the teams below them. They probably should win their next two games and will still have a chance at a 10-win season heading into their bowl game.

This week: vs. Pitt

5. Wake Forest (6-4, 3-3 ACC)

Thanks to a basketball score win over Syracuse, Wake Forest heads up the long list of the ACC’s middle class. The Demon Deacons are now bowl eligible for a second straight year. They’re they underdogs heading into their game against NC State, but with the numbers John Wolford is putting up, they probably won’t be an easy out.

This week: vs. NC State

6. Louisville (6-4, 3-4 ACC)

It’s not unfair to say that is has been a disappointing season for Louisville. They’re going to go to a bowl, but if you had said before the season that they would be 4-1 at one point, and then went on and beat Florida State, you would think their record would be better.

He won’t get an Heisman consideration this time around, but Lamar Jackson does now have over 3000 passing yards and over 1100 rushing yards, so he hasn’t exactly been the problem.

This week: vs. Syracuse

7. Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-3 ACC)

Thanks to their win over Virginia Tech, the Yellow Jackets probably should get to six wins and guarantee themselves a bowl bid. It was looking iffy, but they won semi-unexpectedly against Virginia Tech last week and now are a win away. Now just don’t lose to Duke.

This week: @ Duke

8. Virginia (6-4, 3-3 ACC)

Somehow the thing that clinched the Coastal for Miami was Virginia losing to Louisville last week. The Cavaliers have now lost three of four, but thanks to their early season run, they will go to their first bowl in a while. Overall, this season has still been a success after a bunch of down years in Charlottesville.

This week: @ Miami

9. Boston College (5-5, 3-4 ACC)

The Eagles’ run of three-straight games scoring at least 35 points was snapped last weekend, as they scored just 14 against NC State. However, it was just their second loss in their last six games since rallying from a 1-3 start. BC has a pair of winnable games against to round out the season, so getting to seven wins is not out of the question and would genuinely be a pretty good season for them.

This week: vs. UConn

10. Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 ACC)

After the win over Clemson, the Orange were sitting at 4-3 and looked to be in position to get to a bowl in Dino Babers’ second season. They have not won a game since. Admittedly, one of those games was against Miami, another was against Wake Forest, and the third was against FSU, who is still way more talented than Syracuse despite the bad season. The Orange’s chance to get to six wins looks pretty slim, which is disappointing considering where they were a month or so ago.

This week: @ Louisville

11. Florida State (3-6, 3-5 ACC)

FSU put up a fight for a while against Clemson, but the Tigers eventually pulled away. That means Florida State will now have to win out in order to get to a bowl. They’ll be clear favorites in two of them, so it may all come down to their game against Florida. This team was #3 going into the season.

This week: vs. Delaware State

12. Duke (4-6, 1-5 ACC)

They didn’t lose to UNC.

This week: vs. Georgia Tech

13. Pitt (4-6, 2-4 ACC)

They lost to UNC.

This week: @ Virginia Tech

14. UNC (2-8, 1-6 ACC)

Despite the win, you can’t take the Tar Heels out of the 14th spot in the conference. They are still the only team in the league totally eliminated from a bowl bid. They won’t end the season win-less in conference play, however, so that’s good.

This week: vs. Western Carolina