Week 12 ACC Power rankings: Wake Forest, Pitt move within 1 win of ACC Championship Game
There’s just two weeks of games remaining in college football’s regular season.
The ACC just wrapped up another important slate of games that saw multiple teams improve their odds of clinching a berth in Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game.
Here’s a look at the ACC Power Rankings after Week 11:
14. Duke Blue Devils
Is this the end for David Cutcliffe? Duke has lost 6 straight games and has been non-competitive in 5 of them. Duke has been one of the worst teams in all of the Power 5 this season.
13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
Georgia Tech had a winnable game vs. Boston College, but came up empty. The Yellow Jackets have now lost 4 straight.
12. Syracuse Orange
Arguably the worst loss of the weekend, Syracuse lost 41-3 to Louisville. The Orange never figured it out on either side of the ball vs. the Cardinals. That was undoubtedly Syracuse’s worst performance of the year, and now it will need to win one more game to make a bowl.
11. Virginia Tech Hokies
Virginia Tech blew out Duke this week, but Justin Fuente’s future is still very much in doubt.
10. Boston College Eagles
A winning streak! Boston College picked up a big win over Georgia Tech and is now bowl eligible. That’s a nice accomplishment for Jeff Hafley, who has quietly had a solid Year 2 at BC. The Eagles face Florida State and Wake Forest to close out the year.
9. North Carolina Tar Heels
What a fall from grace it’s been for North Carolina. The Tar Heels should become bowl eligible this week with a win over Wofford, but it’s been far from a successful season. Sam Howell is a bright spot, but he’s surely headed to the NFL. North Carolina has a lot to figure out this offseason.
8. Louisville Cardinals
The biggest blowout of the week belonged to Louisville, who obliterated Syracuse on Lamar Jackson Day. The Cardinals have been inconsistent this year, but when they’re on, they’re on.
7. Florida State Seminoles
Florida State moves up several spots after defeating Miami this weekend. The Seminoles are still behind the Hurricanes because of the overall body of work — but that gap is narrowing. Mike Norvell hasn’t produced great results yet in Tallahassee, but his team does not quit. That should count for something as he prepares for Year 3.
6. Miami Hurricanes
Miami had every opportunity to beat Florida State on Saturday, but couldn’t get it done. The Hurricanes surrendered a 4th and 14 conversion in the final minute and then the game-winning touchdown to Jordan Travis a few minutes later. Manny Diaz might be on the hot seat after all.
5. Virginia Cavaliers
Virginia got smoked by Notre Dame on Saturday, but the Cavs don’t drop because they didn’t have quarterback Brennan Armstrong. Virginia is a different team with Armstrong, who might be the ACC’s best quarterback on any given day. They’ll need him to have a chance vs. Pitt next week.
4. Clemson Tigers
Remember Clemson? The Tigers are back in the top four this week after another win. The offense looked shaky again, but the results were there and Clemson is now 7-3. If the Tigers beat Wake Forest, they’ll enter the final week with a chance to make it to Charlotte.
3. NC State Wolfpack
NC State falls to No. 3 after suffering a tough loss on the road at Wake Forest over the weekend. The Wolfpack had their chances, but couldn’t put enough points on the board to hang with Wake Forest. NC State is still alive in the ACC Atlantic race, but its window is closing rapidly.
2. Pittsburgh Panthers
Pitt moves up to No. 2 this week after it won an overtime showdown vs. North Carolina on Thursday. This was a critical win for Pitt’s chances in the Coastal, which will be on the line this week against Virginia. If Pitt beats the Cavaliers, it will be playing in the ACC Championship Game.
1. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
Wake Forest re-takes the top spot after picking up a huge win vs. North Carolina State on Saturday night. The Demon Deacons now control their own destiny on the way to the ACC Championship Game. A win over Clemson or Boston College in the final two weeks would send Wake to Charlotte.