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ACC Power Rankings: Week 14

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NCAA Football: Duke at Miami
Nov 26, 2016; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Stacy Coley (3) stiff arm Duke Blue Devils cornerback Mark Gilbert (28) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Miami won 40-21.
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The ACC football regular season is officially complete. Clemson remains atop the Atlantic Division via ACC tiebreaker rules and Virginia Tech has won the Coastal Division outright. The two division winners will meet in the Dr. Pepper ACC Championship Game on Saturday, December 3 at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. As always, before we get to the final regular season ACC Power Rankings, let’s recap last week’s happenings.

N.C. State and the North Carolina Tar Heels squared off in their annual rivalry game on Friday. The Wolfpack came out swinging, running a trick play for a touchdown on their first drive of the game. While tensions were high, a bench-clearing brawl resulted in a Tar Heel being ejected, the Wolfpack prevailed, earning bowl eligibility and winning 28-21 in Chapel Hill.

Clemson steamrolled over rival South Carolina. Deshaun Watson threw for 347 yards and 6 touchdowns on 26 of 32 passing en route to the Tigers’ 56-7 victory.

Louisville enters the post-season on a two-game skid. Kentucky knocked off the Cardinals on a 47-yard field goal with only 12 seconds remaining, winning the Governor’s Cup 41-38.

Florida State topped rival Florida with a 31-13 win in Tallahassee. Dalvin Cook ran for 153 yards and one touchdown on 26 carries against the Gators.

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets bested in-state rival Georgia, 28-27, in Athens. The Yellow Jackets rallied in the fourth quarter, scoring two touchdowns and taking the lead with 30 seconds remaining.

Virginia Tech pummeled the Virginia Cavaliers, 52-10. The Hokies defense held Virginia to just 247 total yards of offense and forced three turnovers.

Pittsburgh won in a shootout against Syracuse, 76-61. The two teams combined for 1,312 total yards and 137 points and we’re still not entirely sure this wasn’t a basketball game.

Boston College beat Wake Forest, 17-14, to reach bowl eligibility.

The Hurricanes had a strong second-half showing against the Duke Blue Devils, winning 40-21 at Hard Rock Stadium.

Those are your quick-hitters from around the ACC. Now, let’s see how this past weekend’s results impacted the ACC Power Rankings.


ACC Power Rankings

1. Clemson Tigers (11-1, 7-1 ACC)

Previous week: vs. South Carolina Gamecocks (6-6); Result: WIN 56-7

2. Florida State Seminoles (9-3, 5-3 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Florida Gators (8-3); Result: WIN 31-13

3. Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3, 6-2 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Virginia Cavaliers (2-10, 1-7 ACC); Result: WIN 52-10

4. Louisville Cardinals (9-3, 7-1 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Kentucky Wildcats (7-5); Result: LOSS 41-38

5. Miami Hurricanes (8-4, 5-3 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Duke Blue Devils (4-8, 1-7 ACC); Result: WIN 40-21

6. Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4, 5-3 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Syracuse Orange (4-8, 2-6 ACC); Result: WIN 76-61

7. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3 ACC)

Previous week: vs. N.C. State Wolfpack (6-6, 3-5 ACC); Result: LOSS 28-21

8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (8-4, 4-4 ACC)

Previous week: at Georgia Bulldogs (7-5); Result: WIN 28-27

9. N.C. State Wolfpack (6-6, 3-5 ACC)

Previous week: at North Carolina Tar Heels (8-4, 5-3 ACC); Result: WIN 28-21

10. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6, 3-5 ACC)

Previous week: vs. Boston College Eagles (6-6, 2-6 ACC); Result: LOSS 17-14

11. Syracuse Orange (4-8, 2-6 ACC)

Previous week: at Pittsburgh Panthers (8-4, 5-3 ACC); Result: LOSS 76-61

12. Boston College Eagles (6-6, 2-6 ACC)

Previous week: at Wake Forest Demon Deacons (6-6, 3-5 ACC); Result: WIN 17-14

13. Duke Blue Devils (4-8, 1-7 ACC)

Previous week: at Miami Hurricanes (8-4, 5-3 ACC); Result: LOSS 40-21

14. Virginia Cavaliers (2-10, 1-7 ACC)

Previous week: at Virginia Tech Hokies (9-3, 6-2 ACC); Result: LOSS 52-10


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