The end is near but before we get there we have to determine who the best, worst team is in the ACC. That team will also likely be a sacrifice to the Clemson gods in Charlotte.
To the rankings....
1. Clemson Tigers (10-0, 7-0). Last week: 1
Last game: win 55-10 at NC State. This week: vs. Wake
Thank God we’ll only be subjected to two more regular season games of Clemson ruining the 2020 season. Then we’ll get to watch them try and beat their Coastal opponent in the ACC Championship Game by 100. Then we’ll hope the Committee somehow takes a one loss team from another conference over the Tigers.
2. Virginia Cavaliers (7-3, 5-2). Last week: 3
Last game: win 33-28 vs. GT. This week: BYE
Much too close for comfort. Probably the slogan for UVa football in 2019. Maybe just the slogan for UVa athletics in general. A bye week to hopefully get the defense a little healthier before a game against Liberty that will be way way too close for comfort.
3. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (7-2, 3-2). Last week: 2
Last game: loss 36-17 at VT. This week: at Clemson
Well the dream season came to a crashing conclusion last week in Blacksburg for the Deacs. An upset of the Tigers won’t win them the division, but it would go a long way in making this season special. They’ll probably lose by 35.
4. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-3, 3-2). Last week: 7 (tie)
Last game: win 36-17 vs. Wake. This week: at GT
We left the Hokies for dead just a month and a half ago. Now they are three weeks and three wins away from winning the Coastal division. Football is a dumb sport.
5. Miami-Florida Hurricanes (6-4. 4-3). Last week: 7(tie)
Last game: win 52-27 vs. Louisville. This week: at FIU
The Canes had not looked dominant all season until this past weekend and their destruction of Louisville. They’ve now rattled off three straight wins, and a fourth to be had this week. Canes are finally getting some confidence and playing like it.
6. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-3, 3-2). Last week: 5
Last game: BYE last week. This week: vs. UNC (Thursday)
It’s been quite an up and down season for the Panthers. After losing to UVa and Penn State in the first three weeks, the Panthers have gone 5-1 down the stretch and still have a chance at the Coastal division if they can win their remaining games.
7. North Carolina Tar Heels (4-5, 3-3). Last week: 6
Last game: BYE last week. This week: at Pitt (Thursday)
With Mercer still remaining on their schedule, the Heels should at least get to five wins. You have to wonder why they scheduled App State in their non-conference portion. Though at least the Heels aren’t scheduled to go to Boone. That’d be a fireable offense for any Power 5 athletic director.
8. Louisville Cardinals (5-4, 3-3). Last week: 4
Last game: loss 52-27 at Miami. This week: at NC State
Miami jumped all over Louisville but Cunningham got hurt in the second half leaving Louisville with no teeth. They have NC State this week and Syracuse next week so they should have no problem getting bowl eligible. Satterfield is going to coach a bigger big boy here pretty soon.
9. Florida State Seminoles (5-5, 4-4). Last week: 11
Last game: win 38-31 at BC. This week: vs. Alabama State
They don’t have Willie Taggert anymore but they’ll likely be bowl eligible after this weekend. Nothing will truly salvage this season but upsetting Florida at the end would help.
10. Duke Blue Devils (4-5, 2-3). Last week: 9
Last game: loss 38-7 vs. ND. This week: vs. Syracuse
Taking two of three from Syracuse, Wake, and Miami seems like a tall task for these Blue Devils, but never doubt the wonderful wizarding world of David Cutcliffe.
11. Boston College Eagles (5-5, 3-4). Last week: 10
Last game: loss 38-31 at FSU. This week: BYE
Traveling to South Bend and Pittsburgh is a rough way to end the season for BC. Combine missing a bowl with a loss to Kansas and it could be an interesting offseason in Boston.
12. N.C. State Wolfpack (4-5, 1-4). Last week: 12
Last game: loss 55-10 vs. Clemson. This week: vs. Louisville
Their game vs. Clemson was gross from the jump. Doeren is certainly on the hot seat but winning a few down the stretch and making a bowl could buy him some goodwill.
13. Syracuse Orange (3-6, 0-5). Last week: 13
Last game: BYE last week. This week: at Duke
Last week saw of the Orange they were getting torched by the offensive juggernaut BC. They’ve since fired their defensive coordinator. Probably just lipstick on a pig but this season could not have gone much worse after the heightened expectations due to last year.
14. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-7, 1-5). Last week: 14
Last game: loss 33-28 at UVa. This week: vs. VT
GT is much more competitive than anyone expected them to be. Fact remains that they lost to the Citadel. The dawgs lost to VMI, the worst FCS team in Virginia. So you know they can’t be that good.