ACC power rankings entering Week 11: Florida State, Louisville separate themselves
Week 10 of ACC action is in the books.
Florida State and Louisville both picked up big wins this week and appear to be on a collision course to meeting in Charlotte on Dec. 2. The Noles have already clinched a spot in the ACC Championship Game while Louisville still has a bit of work to do.
Clemson and North Carolina both moved up this week after picking up wins in Week 10. Meanwhile, the bottom-4 of Wake Forest, Virginia, Pitt and Syracuse continue to struggle in ACC play.
Here’s an updated look at Saturday Road’s ACC power rankings entering Week 11:
14. Syracuse (Last week: 13)
It’s starting to feel like the end of the Dino Babers era at Syracuse. The Orange have lost five in a row and have been largely uncompetitive in ACC play.
13. Pitt (Last week: 14)
Pitt gave a spirited effort vs. Florida State over the weekend, which was nice to see. But the Panthers are 2-7 and going in the wrong direction.
12. Virginia (Last week: 11)
Virginia got trounced by Georgia Tech over the weekend, which was probably its most winnable game left on the schedule.
11. Wake Forest (Last week: 12)
Wake Forest out-played Duke on a down-to-down basis, but made a lot of mistakes that Dave Clawson teams don’t normally make. Wake’s bowl-game streak is in jeopardy — this week’s game vs. NC State is a must-win for the Deacons.
10. Virginia Tech (Last week: 6)
Virginia Tech is having a nice season, but it found out how much progress still needs to made on Saturday in a 34-3 loss to Louisville. The Hokies need to win two of their last three in order to go bowling.
9. Miami (Last week: 3)
Miami slips four spots after getting trounced by NC State on Saturday. Mario Cristobal may have to make a tough decision this week regarding Tyler Van Dyke, who has thrown multiple interceptions in four consecutive games.
8. Clemson (Last week: 10)
Clemson moves up two spots this week after upsetting Notre Dame in Death Valley. The Tigers are now 5-4 on the season and still have an elite defense.
7. North Carolina (Last week: 8)
North Carolina crushed Campbell on Saturday. While there’s not much to learn from beating up on a FCS team in November, it was good to see the Tar Heels get back in the win column.
6. NC State (Last week: 9)
NC State’s defense continued to shine on Saturday vs. Miami. The Wolfpack shutout the Hurricanes in the second half of a 20-6 win. Dave Doeren also became the winningest coach in program history.
5. Georgia Tech (Last week: 7)
Georgia Tech is 4-2 in ACC play entering Week 11. It will be big underdogs this weekend vs. Clemson, but the Yellow Jackets can get to a bowl game if they beat Syracuse in Week 12. That would be a huge accomplishment for Brent Key in Year 1.
4. Boston College (Last week: 5)
Imagine saying after BC’s loss to Northern Illinois that it would be one of the four best teams in the ACC by early November. But that’s what has happened, as the Eagles have now won 5 games in a row and are bowl-eligible. Their three remaining games are all winnable, too.
3. Duke (Last week: 4)
Duke pulled off an incredible win over Wake Forest in Week 10. The Blue Devils are quite a bit behind the ACC’s top tier, however — especially if Riley Leonard continues to miss time.
2. Louisville (Last week: 2)
Louisville dominated Virginia Tech on Saturday to seize full control of second place in the ACC standings. The Cardinals are nearing a place in the ACC Championship Game for the first time ever.
1. Florida State (Last week: 1)
Florida State retains the top spot this week after beating Pitt 24-7 on Saturday. It wasn’t the blowout many anticipated, but the Noles were in complete control of this one. That’s four straight double-digit victories for FSU.