With all 14 teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference finishing their 12th game of the season, only two teams will play a game for the next few weeks. But 11 of 14 teams are bowl-eligible and look to play a postseason game.
Nine of the ACC programs entered week 13 at six wins, but both Syracuse and Virginia Tech won their final regular season game to reach bowl eligibility. But where do the other 12 teams rank in the final power rankings of the regular season?
1. Florida State Seminoles (12-0, 8-0 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Win over Florida, 24-15
With the loss of Jordan Travis, there were moments in the first half of their game against Florida where it didn’t look like the Seminoles would finish the regular season with an undefeated record. But Tate Rodemaker made enough plays to give them their 12th win of the season. They will take on Louisville for the ACC Championship on Saturday.
2. Louisville Cardinals (10-2, 7-1 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Loss to Kentucky, 38-31
Louisville entered week 13 with just one loss and a spot in the ACC Championship game locked up. They looked good early, leading by 10 points late in the third quarter.
Kentucky scored 17 consecutive points to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Cardinals and Jack Bummer answered with a 21-yard touchdown pass with two minutes and 33 seconds left, but the Wildcats’ Ray Davis busted off a 37-yard touchdown run with 62 seconds remaining to pull off the upset.
Without Jordan Travis for Florida State, the Cardinals have a decent shot to hand them their first loss of the season. But it won’t be easy with the rest of the talent on the Seminoles’ roster.
3. NC State Wolfpack (9-3, 6-2 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Win over North Carolina, 39-20
Brennan Armstrong and Kevin Concepcion finished off a strong 2023 season for the Wolfpack with a 19-point win over rival North Carolina. They finished the season on a five-game winning streak that got the team to nine wins for the fourth time in the last seven seasons.
4. Clemson Tigers (8-4, 4-4 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Win over South Carolina, 16-7
It looked like Clemson was in for a season from hell halfway through the season, sitting at 4-4 with some time games in front of them. But they finished with four straight wins to reach 8-4. It was still their worst record since 2010, the second season under Dabo Swinney. But much more palatable than what possibly could have happened.
5. Duke Blue Devils (7-5, 4-4 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Win over Pittsburgh, 30-19
The Duke Blue Devils began the season with a shocking win over Clemson and a 4-0 record. They dropped three of their next four all to ranked teams. They split their final four games to finish with a winning record in the second and final season under Mike Elko before he leaves for Texas A&M.
6. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-4, 4-4 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Loss to NC State, 39-20
At the halfway point of the season, North Carolina was 6-0 and just beat Miami, 41-31. They looked to be one of the top two teams in the conference with a relatively easy schedule that didn’t feature Florida State or Louisville.
They dropped two straight to Virginia and Georgia Tech. They bounced back against Campbell and then barely snuck away with a win over Duke while allowing 45 points. They finished their season with double-digit losses to Clemson and NC State. Ouch.
7. Miami Hurricanes (7-5, 3-5 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Win over Boston College, 45-20
In a season that felt disappointing since the Georgia Tech game, Miami at least finished with a win to guarantee a winning record. The Hurricanes have a lot to fix heading into the 2024 season, but Mario Cristobal and the staff have definitely increased the talent on a roster void of real NFL talent. But two decades of moments like this have me extremely cautionary.
8. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-6, 5-3 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Loss to Georgia, 31-23
If you want to see one of the weirdest schedules for a college football team, look at the 2023 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Only one time throughout the whole season did they have a streak of wins or losses reach two. They lost to Bowling Green before beating a ranked Miami team. They then lost to a struggling Boston College. And then beat a ranked North Carolina team. The first full season under Brent Key was weird, but it looks like they're probably headed in the right direction.
9. Boston College Eagles (6-6, 3-5 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Loss to Miami, 45-20
After a horrible 1-3 start to the season, Boston College won five straight games. But they lost their final three games including blowouts at the hands of Virginia Tech and Miami.
10. Virginia Tech Hokies (6-6, 5-3 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Win over Virginia, 55-17
After four weeks of the season, I didn’t figure Brent Pry was long for his position. A 3-8 record last year and a 1-3 start to this season wasn’t a great start to his tenure. But his team really pulled it together and finished strong, winning four of their final six. The three losses they suffered in their final seven games were to the top three teams in the conference, Florida State, Louisville, and NC State. The biggest win was this week, blowing out rival Virginia to reach bowl eligibility.
11. Syracuse Orange (6-6, 2-6 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Win over Wake Forest, 35-31
After beginning the season 4-0, Syracuse lost five straight and six of seven. But they won their final game to reach six wins on the season. Their only two wins in the second half of the season did come against the bottom teams of the conference though.
12. Virginia Cavaliers (3-9, 2-6 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Loss to Virginia Tech, 55-17
Georgia Tech had an extremely weird schedule, but close to them was Virginia. They began the season with five losses before barely beating William & Mary. It honestly looked like they may not win another game the rest of the season. But they then went to Chapel Hill and not only beat North Carolina but derailed their season. They finished the season with six games decided by four points or less.
13. Pittsburgh Panthers (3-9, 2-6 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Loss to Duke, 30-19
Just one of the three teams to not win six games, Pittsburgh struggled all year but did hand Louisville their only conference loss of the season. That win came right between two different four-game losing streaks.
14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-8, 1-7 ACC)
Week Thirteen Result: Loss to Syracuse, 35-31
Wake Forest won their first three games of the season against mediocre opponents and then was basically never relevant again for the rest of the season, losing eight of their final nine games. Their only win over that stretch was a home win over Pittsburgh.