Week 10 provided some much needed clarity in the ACC.
Matchups between the top teams in the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions brought clear frontrunners for each ACC Championship Game spot to the surface. In fact, we could know who will be competing in December’s ACCCG by the end of Saturday’s slate of games.
Here’s this week’s rankings:
1. Miami (8-0, 6-0 in ACC, no change from last week’s rankings)
Rumblings of Miami not having played anybody or only winning games close must be thrown out the window after the Hurricanes’ dominant 28-10 home win over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
Up next: UM needs to lose both of its final ACC games for any chance of not winning its first Coastal Division title. First, though, the ’Canes will host College GameDay for the first time since 2006 when they play host to Notre Dame in a top-ten matchup on Saturday.
2. Clemson (8-1, 6-1, no change)
Clemson put its loss to Syracuse behind it and claimed control of the Atlantic Division with its 38-31 win over NC State in Raleigh.
Up next: The Tigers next face a task which now seems much easier than it did back in August: a home game against 3-5 FSU where they are 16-point favorites.
3. NC State (6-3, 4-1, up one spot)
The Wolfpack hung tight, but came up short in its chance for redemption against Clemson on Saturday and now need FSU to pull off the massive upset in Clemson this weekend in order to potentially advance to the ACC Championship Game.
Up next: NC State hits the road and travels north to take on a Boston College team which is on a three-game winning streak.
4. Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2, down one spot)
In a matchup of the assumed top two teams in the Coastal, VT looked extremely outclassed, losing 28-10 at Miami as the Hokies’ stellar run defense gave up 219 rushing yards and two touchdowns. The loss eliminates VT from contention of repeating as division champs.
Up next: Virginia Tech stays on the road this week, taking on a Georgia Tech team in desperate need of a win.
5. Wake Forest (5-4, 2-3, up one spot)
Wake Forest battled valiantly but was overcome by superior talent in a 48-37 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.
Up next: The Demon Deacons look to become bowl eligible for the second straight year Saturday as they face Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
6. Virginia (6-3, 3-2, up three spots)
UVA, dead last in the preseason power rankings after a 2-10 season in 2016, is now bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 after a 40-36 win over Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Up next: The Cavaliers will go up against a litmus test of sorts of the state of the team when they take on Louisville on the road this weekend.
7. Boston College (5-4, 3-3, no change)
Boston College was one of the final five teams to have their bye weeks this past weekend.
Up next: BC, which needs just one more win to become bowl eligible, will have a tough task of it this weekend, facing a veteran NC State team at home.
8. Louisville (5-4, 2-4, no change)
The Cardinals were off last weekend, preparing for their final three games of the regular season.
Up next: UL’s closing stretch begins this weekend at home against Virginia.
9. Georgia Tech (4-4, 3-3, down three spots)
GT, a 8.5-point favorite at Virginia last weekend, was shocked in a 40-36 loss to the Hoos. Bowl eligibility for the Yellow Jackets is now much more of a concern.
Up next: The Yellow Jackets enter into this weekend needing to win two of their final three games to get to the six-win mark. That begins with a home stint against Virginia Tech.
10. Florida State (3-5, 3-4, up one spot)
Thanks to a missed field goal as time expired, FSU came away with its first home win of the 2017 season, boosting the team’s bowl chances significantly.
Up next: FSU has the talent on paper to keep up at Clemson this weekend, but they have yet to play anywhere close to that level for an entire game this year.
11. Syracuse (4-5, 2-3, down one spot)
Cuse nearly got its first victory over FSU in 51 years, coming up just short in the 27-24 loss despite a heroic effort from visibly injured quarterback Eric Dungey.
Up next: The Orange returns home this weekend, but its task is no easy one as Wake Forest comes to town.
12. Duke (4-5, 1-5, no change)
The Blue Devils were off in Week 10.
Up next: Duke has a tough test this weekend, traveling to New York to take on a 7-2 Army team.
13. Pittsburgh (4-5, 2-3, no change)
The Panthers were on bye over the weekend.
Up next: Thursday’s battle of the ACC basement teams, Pitt vs. North Carolina, means much more to the Panthers, who still have an outside shot at bowl eligibility.
14. North Carolina (1-8, 0-6, no change)
UNC was off last weekend.
Up next: The Tar Heels’ best remaining shot at a conference win comes Thursday on their road trip to Pittsburgh.