While there was some interesting moments this weekend, the past week’s slate of ACC play mostly held to form. While two of the conference’s top four were in legit upset battles, both ended up coming out on top.
Now that all the dust has settled, let’s take a look at the newest edition of our ACC Power Rankings.
1. #2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (8-0, 7-0 ACC)
The Irish had a potential trap game after their Clemson win, but they handled business in beating Boston College over the weekend. If the Clemson game was the biggest of the ACC season, there’s a decent argument the upcoming one against a team we’re partisan for is the second biggest.
Next: 11/27 at North Carolina
2. #4 Clemson Tigers (7-1, 6-1 ACC)
The Tigers got a week off to lick the wounds following the aforementioned Notre Dame loss. Between that, Trevor Lawrence likely returning, and how their next opponent has played recently, best of luck with that, Florida State.
Next: Saturday at Florida State
3. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2, 6-2 ACC)
Is it a bit of homer-ism to jump them over the next team, who has fewer losses, following a win, but one that still showcased some issues for the Heels? Maybe, but it was still a really cool comeback win, and we are homers, so.
Next: 11/27 vs. #2 Notre Dame
4. #12 Miami Hurricanes (7-1, 6-1 ACC)
For the second straight week, Miami rallied for a road win. For the second straight week, it was also against an unranked team they probably should’ve handled better.
Next: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech
5. NC State Wolfpack (5-3, 5-3 ACC)
After losing consecutive games to ranked teams, State got win in the win column by beat Florida State. Good or bad news is, they’re right back to playing a ranked team this weekend.
Next: Saturday vs. #21 Liberty
6. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3, 3-3 ACC)
Wake gave UNC a hell of game last Saturday, but came up short. While COVID cancellations and rescheduling have something to do with that, it was the Demon Deacons’ first loss in nearly two months.
Next: Saturday at Duke
7. Boston College Eagles (5-4, 4-4 ACC)
They played Notre Dame tough for a awhile, but a costly fumble towards the end of the first half ended any realistic chance that had at pulling off an upset.
Next: 11/27 vs. Louisville
8. Virginia Tech Hokies (4-4, 4-3 ACC)
Since their game against UNC back in October, the Hokies are 2-3, with the three losses coming by a combined 11 points. There’s some degree of unluckiness too that, but it happens. Best of luck with that, Justin Fuente.
Next: Saturday at Pitt
9. Virginia Cavaliers (3-4, 3-4 ACC)
UVA followed up their Halloween win over Carolina with another one over Louisville. They’re still below .500, but based on the rest of the schedule, it may not end up that way.
Next: Saturday vs. Abilene Christian
10. Pittsburgh Panthers (4-4, 3-4 ACC)
Pitt had their scheduled game against Georgia Tech wiped out and rescheduled for December 12th.
Next: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech
11. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-5, 2-4 ACC)
And here’s the other half of that cancellation.
Next: Saturday at #12 Miami
12. Louisville Cardinals (2-6, 1-6 ACC)
The Cardinals lost on the field over the weekend and then lost off it when leading rusher Javian Hawkins announced that he was opting out of the rest of the season.
Next: Friday vs. Syracuse
13. Duke Blue Devils (2-6, 1-6 ACC)
Duke had the weekend off, meaning the last time they were on the field was their anihilation at the hands of UNC. That was fun.
Next: Saturday vs. Wake Forest
14. Florida State Seminoles (2-6, 1-6 ACC)
Thinking about the fact that UNC lost to them is just the Alonzo Mourning gif.
Next: Saturday vs. #4 Clemson
15. Syracuse Orange (1-7, 1-6 ACC)
Hey congrats, Syracuse, you didn’t lost over the weekend! (Note: they didn’t play over the weekend.)
Next: Friday at Louisville