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ACC Power Rankings: Week 8, discussing the ‘Canes chances to win the Coastal

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During the college football season, State of the U will be your destination for all things #GoACC. We'll bring you the latest news, watch info, and power rankings, all the tools necessary to keep tabs on our conference foes. Before we rank the conference, let’s discuss Miami’s chances of winning the Coastal Division.

AQM and the Hurricanes are in the race to win the Coastal Division whether you like it or not.
AQM and the Hurricanes are in the race to win the Coastal Division whether you like it or not.
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Listen, parting ways with Al Golden couldn't come at a better time. Before, you wouldn't want to hear about Miami's dwindling chances of reaching Charlotte. Now, hope is returning, and while those odds are unfavorable, it can still happen.

I'm going to sell you on how the Hurricanes can still win the conference. After that, I'm investing in the Bluth Company and reopening production of The Cornballer.

Miami sits 1-2 in the conference. The Duke Blue Devils, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Pittsburgh Panthers lead the division and are undefeated in conference play.

Here's your situation, which given the turbulent history of the division, isn't as far-fetched as it seems.

Since 2012, each winner of the Coastal Division had at least two conference losses. No Coastal member has gone undefeated in ACC play since Virginia Tech in 2010.

Pittsburgh (6-1, 4-0 ACC) has four conference games remaining, including three bouts within the Coastal Division and a crossover pairing with Louisville. They must have two or more conference losses, including a loss to the ‘Canes, for Miami to win the Coastal Division. The same applies to Duke (6-1, 3-0 ACC) and North Carolina (6-1, 3-0 ACC). Winning out isn't the only hope, however, it's the Hurricanes greatest chance. Starting this weekend, one of those teams will fall. North Carolina and Pittsburgh square off on Thursday and Miami travels to Durham to face the Blue Devils on Saturday.

Duke, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh remaining schedules:

Duke:

North Carolina:

Pittsburgh:

The scenarios that can play out are numerous. They're just not in the ‘Canes favor. With change sweeping Coral Gables, those chances feel better today than this past weekend. Fight for pride, and fight for the Coastal.

We'll see you in the comments section.

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ACC Power Rankings: Week Eight

1st Clemson Tigers (7-0, 4-0 ACC)

Previous week: at Miami Hurricanes (4-3, 1-2 ACC); Result: WIN 58-0

Next Opponent: at N.C. State Wolfpack (5-2, 1-2 ACC)

2nd North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1, 3-0 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Virginia Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2 ACC); Result: WIN 26-13

Next Opponent: at Pittsburgh Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC)

3rd Florida State Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 ACC)

Previous week: at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4 ACC); Result: LOSS 22-16

Next Opponent: vs. Syracuse Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC)

4th Duke Blue Devils (6-1, 3-0 ACC)

Previous week: at Virginia Tech Hokies (3-5, 1-3 ACC); Result: WIN 45-43 OT

Next Opponent: vs. Miami Hurricanes (4-3, 1-2 ACC)

5th Pittsburgh Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC)

Previous week: at Syracuse Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC); Result: WIN 23-20

Next Opponent: vs. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1, 3-0 ACC)

6th Louisville Cardinals (3-4, 2-2 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Boston College Eagles (3-5, 0-5 ACC); Result: WIN 17-14

Next Opponent: at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-5, 1-4 ACC)

7th N.C. State Wolfpack (5-2, 1-2 ACC)

Previous week: at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-5, 1-4 ACC); Result: WIN 35-17

Next Opponent: vs. Clemson Tigers (7-0, 4-0 ACC)

8th Miami Hurricanes (4-3, 1-2 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Clemson Tigers (7-0, 4-0 ACC); Result: LOSS 58-0

Next Opponent: at Duke Blue Devils (6-1, 3-0 ACC)

9th Virginia Tech Hokies (3-5, 1-3 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Duke Blue Devils (6-1, 3-0 ACC); Result: LOSS 45-43 OT

Next Opponent: at Boston College Eagles (3-5, 0-5 ACC)

10th Virginia Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2 ACC)

Previous week: at North Carolina Tar Heels (6-1, 3-0 ACC); Result: LOSS 26-13

Next Opponent: vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4 ACC)

11th Syracuse Orange (3-4, 1-2 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-1, 4-0 ACC); Result: LOSS 23-20

Next Opponent: at Florida State Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 ACC)

12th Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-5, 1-4 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Florida State Seminoles (6-1, 4-1 ACC); Result: WIN 22-16

Next Opponent: at Virginia Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2 ACC)

13th Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-5, 1-4 ACC)

Previous week: vs. N.C. State Wolfpack (5-2, 1-2 ACC); Result: LOSS 35-17

Next Opponent: vs. Louisville Cardinals (3-4, 2-2 ACC)

14th Boston College Eagles (3-5, 0-5 ACC)

Previous week: at Louisville Cardinals (3-4, 2-2 ACC); Result: LOSS 17-14

Next Opponent: vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-5, 1-3 ACC)

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