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ACC Power Rankings: Week 14

The tumble continues, and thankfully comes to an end.

NCAA Football: North Carolina at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The finale of the ACC Power Rankings comes with some slight shake-up, but nothing of utter significance. It was a busy rivalry week with a good handful of passionate contests, but we didn't see many results that were of much shock, besides one-loss Louisville's collapse against unranked Kentucky, at home. While the league does not have multiple teams that are competing for national stakes, eleven of fourteen ACC squads will be bowling this postseason, which is more than any Power 5 conference. There is no next week for everyone except two, as Florida State and Louisville will battle in the ACC Championship game in Charlotte, with a possible College Football Playoff berth for the Seminoles on the line.

With all of these things in mind, let’s wrap up an interesting year in one of the countries most confusing conferences with a final power rankings.

1. Florida State (12-0, 8-0 ACC)

Last Week: Beat Florida 24-15

An early scare from an SEC rival in Gainesville got the worlds eyes peeled on Saturday night, but the Noles were able to get the job done in the second half even without star quarterback Jordan Travis. The committee is hard to predict sometimes, but many believe that if unbeaten Florida State can take care of business in the ACC Championship, they are a CFP lock. We’ll see.

2. Louisville (10-2, 7-1 ACC)

Last Week: Lost to Kentucky 38-31

A season of exceeding expectations quickly was brought back down to earth in a heartbreaking rivalry loss. Louisville still has plenty to play for, though, as they will have a dance with the undefeated Seminoles on Saturday.

3. Clemson (8-4, 4-4 ACC)

Last Week: Beat South Carolina 16-7

No offensive touchdown? No problem. The Tigers went into a hostile Williams-Brice Stadium and continued their late-season surge in another ACC/SEC matchup. Even after a brutal start, Clemson has found their way back into the high tier of the conference and sits at #3 for that reason.

4. NC State (9-3, 6-2 ACC)

Last Week: Beat North Carolina 39-20

Complete domination from start to finish. A statement win for the Wolfpack and an embarrassment for the Tar Heels. NC State has also quietly finished the season on a substantial rise.

5. Georgia Tech (6-6, 5-3 ACC)

Last Week: Lost to Georgia 31-23

A one possession loss to the #1 team in the country isn't such a shabby way to go out, even if it’s a loss. It’s been a rollercoaster for the Yellow Jackets, but five ACC wins and two ranked victories slots them at number five.

6. North Carolina (8-4, 4-4 ACC)

Last Week: Lost to NC State 39-20

Check out any one of our thousands of words in previous articles discussing how bad this showing was from what was once an undefeated top-10 team. Gross.

7. Miami (7-5, 3-5 ACC)

Last Week: Beat Boston College 45-20

What a crazy year for the Hurricanes. Well, I guess I shouldn’t act surprised. They snapped a three-game losing streak against skidding BC and took care of business. What’s the direction of Miami from here?

8. Virginia Tech (6-6, 5-3 ACC)

Last Week: Beat Virginia 55-17

In what’s been a frustrating year for the most part, this has got to feel good for the Hokies. Thrashing your rivals on the road and gaining bowl eligibility gives fans something to smile about.

9. Duke (7-5, 4-4 ACC)

Last Week: Beat Pittsburgh 30-19

Blue Devil fans had about 24 hours to celebrate this win until they heard of Mike Elko’s departure. Hard to know where the program is headed at the moment. This team was ranked four weeks ago, by the way.

10. Boston College (6-6, 3-5 ACC)

Last Week: Lost to Miami 45-20

Confusing team with an even more confusing résumé. Three straight losses after five consecutive wins to wrap up the regular season, but the Eagles will still be bowling sometime in December.

11. Syracuse (6-6, 2-6 ACC)

Last Week: Beat Wake Forest 35-31

In what was one of the more exciting games in the ACC last weekend, Syracuse is now bowl eligible in back-to-back seasons. They also lost five in a row at one point this season, so the fact they earned a postseason berth is impressive in its own.

12. Wake Forest (4-8, 1-7 ACC)

Last Week: Lost to Syracuse 35-31

A nightmare season ends on par.

13. Virginia (3-9, 2-6 ACC)

Last Week: Lost to Virginia Tech 55-17

Beat North Carolina and Duke but then perform like this on rivalry week? A disappointing season ends in disappointing fashion.

14. Pittsburgh (3-9, 2-6 ACC)

Last Week: Lost to Duke 30-19

The win over Louisville remains the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Pitt and their season. Other than that, though, it's been tough sledding from the get-go.