Week 11 ACC power rankings: There's a new No. 1 after Wake Forest stumbles vs. North Carolina
Week 10 of the college football season is over, and there’s a new No. 1 atop the ACC power rankings.
The ACC no longer has an undefeated team after Wake Forest suffered a 58-55 loss to North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Saturday. But the Demon Deacons are still in the driver’s seat for the Atlantic division title.
There are still six teams with realistic chances of making the ACC Championship Game: Wake Forest, North Carolina State and Clemson in the Atlantic; Pittsburgh, Virginia and Miami in the Coastal.
There should be more clarity in the ACC standings following next week’s games. Here’s a look at the ACC power rankings heading into Week 11:
14. Duke Blue Devils
Another week, another blowout loss for the Blue Devils. Are we nearing the end of the David Cutcliffe era? This will be the third straight missed bowl game for the Blue Devils after making it to the postseason in six of the previous seven years.
13. Georgia Tech
Geoff Collins’ team put Miami on upset alert, but they weren’t able to finish the job. A 3-9 seasons seems likely for the Yellow Jackets.
12. Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech moves back three spots after getting blown out by Boston College on Friday night. The Hokies managed just 3 passing yards in the first half as backup QB Knox Kadum struggled. They just don’t have any answers offensively right now.
11. Florida State Seminoles
Florida State was without quarterback Jordan Travis for its loss to NC State, and it gave the Wolfpack a scare in the third quarter. Unfortunately for the Seminoles, they just aren’t consistent enough to beat good teams yet. But they haven’t quit on the season or coach Mike Norvell yet. They’ll need to win out in order to make a bowl game.
10. Louisville Cardinals
Louisville falls back just one spot this week after nearly finding a way to beat Clemson this week. Malik Cunningham was sensational, but the Cardinals just don’t have enough offense outside of his production.
9. Boston College Eagles
Boston College is the biggest mover of the week, going from No. 12 to No. 9 after cruising to a win over Virginia Tech this weekend. The Hokies are lost as a program, but it’s still a big win for Jeff Hafley’s squad. Phil Jurkovec returned as well and looked confident with the ball in his hands.
8. Syracuse Orange
Syracuse was idle this week and will be playing for bowl eligibility vs. Louisville in Week 11.
7. North Carolina Tar Heels
Despite having four losses this season, North Carolina is a clearly talented football team. Sam Howell is one of the best dual threat quarterbacks in the country and Ty Chandler has emerged as a top running back. The Tar Heels have a big opportunity to finish the season strong.
6. Clemson Tigers
Clemson’s offense had its best day of the season vs. Louisville on Saturday night. The Tigers scored 30 points for a second straight week and had a season-high 220 passing yards. It’s possible they’ve figured something out offensively just before the home stretch.
5. Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia falls back one spot to make room for Pitt. The Cavaliers were off last week and are preparing to face Notre Dame this week — possibly without quarterback Brennan Armstrong.
4. Pittsburgh Panthers
Pitt moves up one spot after getting back on track vs. Duke this week. Kenny Pickett was sensational again, and the Panthers still control their own destiny in the ACC title race.
3. Miami Hurricanes
Miami struggled at times defensively vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday, but the offense continues to look formidable. Tyler Van Dyke, Charleston Rambo and Jaylan Knighton might be the best offensive trio in the ACC right now.
2. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
The Demon Deacons fought hard vs. North Carolina, but ended up blowing a three-score second-half lead for the second year in a row vs. the Tar Heels. That moves them down one spot, but the demotion may just be temporary. Wake Forest hosts NC State on Saturday in a game that could decide the ACC Atlantic.
1. North Carolina State Wolfpack
The Wolfpack move up to the No. 1 spot this week after taking care of business against Florida State. They’ve now beaten FSU and Clemson this season, which is only the fourth time they’ve accomplished that feat in program history. Devin Leary remains under-appreciated but he could be the ACC’s best quarterback on any given Saturday.