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ACC Power Rankings: Bowl Season

The shaky ACC still managed to produce a CFP contender, as well as some interesting bowl matchups

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ACC Power Rankings - Bowl Season

1. Clemson Tigers 13-0 (LW: 1), Week 14 Result: 42-10 W vs Pittsburgh, Next: vs Notre Dame 12/29 4:00pm ET

Clemson took care of business, winning their 4th consecutive ACC Championship and completing an undefeated season. They now focus on making it to their 3rd national title game in 4 seasons, with the also-undefeated Notre Dame standing in their way.

2. Syracuse Orange 9-3 (LW: 2), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs West Virginia 12/28 5:15pm ET

The Orange have an opportunity to showcase their high-powered attack against one of the elite offenses in the nation. The QB battle will be the focus, as Eric Dungey and Will Grier can air it out with the best of them.

3. North Carolina State Wolfpack 9-3 (LW: 3), Week 14 Result: 58-3 W vs East Carolina, Next: vs Texas A&M 12/31 7:30pm ET

A makeup game against local foe East Carolina gave the Wolfpack their 9th win of the season. Their quest for 10 wins now goes through Texas A&M in the Gator Bowl, who are coming off of a 74-72 thriller over LSU.

4. Boston College Eagles 7-5 (LW: 4), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs Boise State 12/26 1:30pm ET

BC drew a tough matchup as they’ll meet a 10-win Boise State and their experienced QB Brett Rypien. Still, AJ Dillon’s presence gives the Eagles a chance to control the game and pull out a tough victory.

5. Pittsburgh Panthers 7-5 (LW: 6), Week 14 Result: 10-42 L vs Clemson, Next: vs Stanford 12/31 2:00pm ET

Pitt moves up a spot after they put up a better fight in the ACCCG than Miami did a year prior. After winning the Coastal Division, can the Panthers end their successful season with a bowl victory? Their bowl opponent, Stanford, allows 140.9 rushing yards per game, which may play right into the hands of Qadree Ollison and Darion Hall.

6. Miami Hurricanes 7-5 (LW: 5), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs Wisconsin 12/27 5:15pm ET

The Canes weird season just got a little weirder as they’ll finish with a rematch of last year’s bowl game. Both Miami and Wisconsin sit at 7-5 after beginning the year ranked in the top 10. Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook has struggled in 2018, which is great news for the Canes as he picked apart the defense in last year’s Orange Bowl, throwing for 3 touchdowns.

7. Virginia Cavaliers 7-5 (LW: 7), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs South Carolina 12/29 12:00pm ET

UVA is looking for its first bowl victory since 2005, but that may be a tough ask against a South Carolina squad who put up a respectable fight against Clemson in Week 12.

8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 7-5 (LW: 8), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs Minnesota 12/26 5:15pm ET

The Yellow Jackets will be receiving a late Christmas present as they take their triple option offense to Detroit the day after Christmas against Minnesota, who has given up over 170 rushing yards per game this season.

9. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 6-6 (LW: 9), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs Memphis 12/22 12:00pm ET

Wake Forest, coming off their 59-point explosion against Duke, will need a similar output as star RB Darrell Henderson and the Memphis Tigers take on the Demon Deacons in Birmingham.

10. Duke Blue Devils 7-5 (LW: 10), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs Temple 12/27 1:30pm ET

The Blue Devils are anticipating the decision of standout QB Daniel Jones, but in the meantime, will have to deal with a Temple offense more potent than their own.

11. Virginia Tech Hokies 6-6 (LW: 11), Week 14 Result: 41-20 W vs Marshall, Next: vs Cincinnati 12/31 12:00pm ET

The ACC has an impressive 11 teams going bowling, including Virginia Tech, who will spend New Years Eve in Annapolis trying to figure out the Cincinnati Bearcats pass defense.

12. Florida State Seminoles 5-7 (LW: 12), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: None

FSU’s season is over after failing to reach a bowl game for the first time in 36 years.

13. North Carolina Tar Heels 2-9 (LW: 13), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: None

The Mack Brown Era (Part 2) is upon us.

14. Louisville Cardinals 2-10 (LW: 14), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: None

Louisville took another L after being rebuffed by former QB and top coaching candidate Jeff Brohm, who decided to stay at Purdue.

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