We’ve reached the final two(ish) weeks of the regular season and like we all thought, Clemson and Notre Dame are going to (likely) play in the ACC Championship Game. Football is pretty stupid. To the rankings!
1. Clemson Tigers *8-1, 7-1)
Last: win 52-17 vs. Pitt. This week: at VT
Well, they have reclaimed their spot on the throne. After not playing for weeks and not having Trevor Lawrence for over a month, the Tigers returned to the field and dispatched with Pitt easily. 22.5 point favorites this weekend in Blacksburg is all that sits between them and another meeting with ND in Charlotte.
2. Notre Dame Fighting Irish (9-0, 8-0)
Last: win 31-17 at UNC. This week: vs. Cuse
The Irish have taken care of their business all season. They’re going to lose their game against Wake Forest, which would have been a decent enough win, but they have already clinched their spot against Clemson. As long as they don’t get blown out in Charlotte, they should get in the CFP again.
3. Miami-Florida Hurricanes (7-1, 6-1)
Last: win 25-24 at VT. This week: at Duke.
They played VT seemingly 5 weeks ago and weren’t supposed to play Duke this week either. All that is left is for the Canes to win out and go to the Orange Bowl. Easier said then done when they play with fire and have UNC next week.
4. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-3, 6-3)
Last: loss 31-17 vs. ND. This week: vs. Western Carolina
Their OOC game against Charlotte was canceled back in September, so the Canes will finally get their layup win. Win out and go 8-3 and it’ll probably be seen as a successful season, but would 7-4 with losses to UVA and FSU?
5. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-3, 3-3)
Last: loss 59-33 at UNC. This week: at Duke CANCELED
Poor Wake. They were scheduled to play 11 games but are only going to end up with 9 at the most. Louisville and FSU should be fairly easy wins for the Deacs, so 6-3 is probably a pretty good season all things considered. is probably a
6. N.C. State Wolfpack (7-3, 6-3)
Last: win 36-29 at Cuse. This week: vs. GT
After getting trucked by VT earlier in the season it looked like Dave Doeren might be on the hot seat, but 8-3 after losing a QB should be viewed in a positive light. State fans have irrationally high expectations, so who knows how much time this season will actually buy him
7. Boston College Eagles (6-4, 5-4)
Last: win 34-27 vs. Louisville. This week: at UVA
The Eagles have alternated wins and losses since their win over Texas State back in September. Looks like they won last week and they play UVA this week....HEYO!
8. Virginia Cavaliers (4-4, 3-4)
Last: win 55-15 vs. Abilene Christian. This week: vs. BC
The Hoos have looked remarkably better since the return of Brennan Armstrong. Ending the season on a 5 game winning streak with one of those coming against VT will be a great season after losing Armstrong for that two game skid early in the season.
9. Pittsburgh Panthers (5-5, 4-5)
Last: loss 52-17 at Clemson. This week: at GT
Like every other team in the ACC, Pitt will never think about their game against Clemson ever again. Their 33 point win over VT a few weeks ago does more for their resume than the Clemson loss.
10. Virginia Tech Hokies (4-5, 4-4)
Last: loss 47-14 at Pitt. This week: vs. Clemson
Sure, a miraculous win over Clemson would save the season and probably Fuente’s job, but I can’t see that happening, so if they beat UVA next weekend and avoid a five game skid to end the season, would that be enough? The rest of the ACC probably hopes so.
11 (tie). Louisville Cardinals (3-7, 2-7)
Last: loss 34-27 at BC. This week: vs. Wake
The Cardinals were ranked at a point this season. That’s wild man.
The Yellow Jackets have already made remarkable strides this season and 3 wins has probably exceeded a few expectations. Winning one more against NC State, Pitt, or Miami has to be considered a cherry on top.
13. Syracuse Orange (1-9, 1-8)
Last: loss 36-29 vs. NC State. This week: at ND
Well, they were at least competitive against State last weekend. Can’t imagine things are going to go well this weekend. As a fan of a Coastal team, I am going to check to see if the Orange are on the Hoos’ schedule in 2021.
14. Duke Blue Devils (2-7, 1-7)
Last: loss 56-33 at GT. This week: vs. Miami
Is Cutcliffe playing out the string going to continue into 2021? Duke isn’t going to run him off given everything he has already accomplished, so how much does he have left in the tank?
15. Florida State Seminoles (2-6, 1-6)
Last: who knows. This week: probably not
FSU probably isn’t the worst team in the conference but their actions make them.