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The ACC's Hopes for a Playoff Contender are Alive and Well

While the Hoos were letting Miami get the best of them down in Coral Gables, the rest of the conference saw a division clinched, a rivalry bell rung, and an 0-7 conference record earned.

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UVa's still not technically out of bowl contention - though it's not looking good. However, there's still plenty of intrigue left in the ACC - including bowl positions.

FSU 13 - Clemson 23

Clemson did it! They didn't Clemson it! Maybe we should discontinue the use of the school's name as a verb - at least until they blow it in the ACCCG. Deshaun Watson had a great game - throwing for 297 yards and a score. FSU got the usual awesome game from Dalvin Cook, but did not get a strong performance from QB Sean Maguire. Clemson clinched the Atlantic division with the win - and find themselves it great shape to secure a spot in the college football playoff.

Notre Dame 42 - Pitt 30

A 21-3 halftime lead was enough for the Fighting Irish to hold on for another road win against an ACC squad. DeShone Kizer threw for five touchdowns in the win and helped the Irish keep their playoff hopes alive. Pitt remains 4-1 in the ACC, only a game behind UNC in the Coastal Standings.

Duke 31 - UNC 66

Marquise Williams played like a Madden character in the Heels' rivalry win over Duke - I mean seriously - 66 points! UNC started the game with a fleaflicker TD pass and never really looked back. They remain in control of the Coastal Division, while Duke slips to 3-2 in the conference.

Syracuse 17 - Louisville 41

Kyle Bolin threw for 362 yards and 3 touchdowns in the victory for the Cardinals. Louisville is suddenly one win from bowl eligibility and sit at 4-2 in the ACC. Syracuse, on the other hand, continue their disappointing season and sit at 3-6 overall and 1-4 in the ACC.

NCSU 24 - BC 8

Boston College scored a touchdown! On offense! With 1:21 left in the loss to the Wolfpack. NC State was able to make up for the loss of leading rusher Matt Dayes by gaining 139 yards on the ground against a strong BC rush defense and the Pack secured bowl eligibility with the win.