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ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 8

Here’s where teams stand roughly halfway through conference play.

Virginia Tech v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

1. Clemson 6-0 (3-0)

Last week: Bye

Coming off a bye, the Tigers are set to face arguably their biggest test yet as they will welcome undefeated NC State. Given a somewhat favorable remaining schedule, Clemson will be in excellent position to make the playoff should they win this game.

This week: vs. NC State

2. NC State 5-0 (2-0)

Last week: Bye

Also coming off a bye, the Wolfpack’s matchup with Clemson is essentially two weeks in the making. Though without a loss, they are yet to record a true quality victory, so this Saturday we should figure out whether NC State is for real or not.

This week: at Clemson

3. Virginia Tech 4-2 (3-0)

Last week: Won 22-19 at North Carolina

The Hokies stole a victory in Chapel Hill after largely getting outplayed. They will get the week off before a Thursday night showdown with Georgia Tech.

This week: Bye

4. Miami 5-2 (2-1)

Last week: Lost 16-13 at Virginia

The Hurricanes went into Charlottesville and suffered its first ACC loss of the season at the hands of the Cavaliers. After a lackluster offensive performance, they will try to right the ship during the bye week.

This week: Bye

5. Duke 5-1 (1-1)

Last week: Won 28-14 at Georgia Tech

A 21-point outburst in the third quarter allowed Duke to run away with a victory over Georgia Tech. The Blue Devils were able to contain the triple option with the help of some miscues by the Yellow Jackets. They will take on Virginia this weekend in Durham.

This week: vs. Virginia

6. Boston College 5-2 (2-1)

Last week: Won 38-20 vs. Louisville

Boston College was in a tight contest with the Cardinals for a while but ultimately pulled away in the fourth quarter. They are sitting pretty at third in the Atlantic division as they enter their bye week.

This week: Bye

7. Virginia 4-2 (2-1)

Last week: Won 16-13 vs. Miami

The Cavaliers got a big win over Miami this weekend that concluded with the fans rushing the field. The Virginia defense came away with a few crucial turnovers, ultimately holding the Hurricanes to just 13 points. They’ll look to continue that momentum on Saturday as they take on Duke.

This week: at Duke

8. Pittsburgh 3-4 (2-1)

Last week: Lost 19-14 at Notre Dame

Pitt put up a valiant effort against fifth-ranked Notre Dame. The Panthers were on top for nearly the entire game, but a 35-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter gave the Fighting Irish the lead for good. As they enter the bye week, Pitt will look to build off its encouraging performance.

This week: Bye

9. Syracuse 4-2 (1-2)

Last week: Bye

Cuse had a break last week after a couple nail-biting losses to Clemson and Pittsburgh. With a week of rest, they will look to get things back on track against the Tar Heels.

This week: vs. North Carolina

10. Florida State 3-3 (1-3)

Last week: Bye

The Seminoles have struggled under first-year coach Willie Taggart. With their only conference win coming against ACC bottom dweller Louisville, they will be anxious to get things going this weekend as Wake Forest heads to Tallahassee.

This week: vs. Wake Forest

11. Georgia Tech 3-4 (1-3)

Last week: Lost 28-14 vs. Duke

The Georgia Tech offense fumbled the ball a whopping six times against Duke, three of which were lost. The triple option simply can’t work if the Yellow Jackets don’t take care of the ball. They will try to clean up those mistakes during the bye week.

This week: Bye

12. Wake Forest 3-3 (0-2)

Last week: Bye

Coming off a bye, the Demon Deacons are still looking for their first conference win of the season. Their last time out, they were humiliated, 63-3, by Clemson. With an extra week to prepare, Wake Forest will look to go on the road and steal one at Florida State.

This week: at Florida State

13. North Carolina 1-4 (1-2)

Last week: Lost 22-19 vs. Virginia Tech

The Tar Heels literally fumbled the game away to the Hokies. The offense moved the ball well but failed to capitalize on myriad red zone opportunities. The encouraging part was that Carolina pretty clearly outplayed Virginia Tech, but this one stings given how winnable it was. The Heels will try to build on this performance when they head to Syracuse.

This week: at Syracuse

14. Louisville 2-5 (0-4)

Last week: Lost 38-20 at Boston College

Louisville was competitive with BC for most of the game, but they couldn’t hang in the fourth quarter and have now dropped to 0-4 in the conference. The Cardinals get a much-needed break this week to regroup before they take on Wake Forest.

This week: Bye