- Clemson (11-1, 7-1)
The Tigers dominated a good South Carolina team on Saturday to move to 11-1 on the season and back into first in our power rankings. They have a good chance to move on to the playoff if they beat Miami on Saturday, and could go in as the #1 seed.
- Miami (10-1, 7-1)
Miami dropped a shocker against Pitt, and their habit of playing down to their competition finally caught up with them. The Canes are still in contention for a playoff bid but must upset Clemson in Charlotte on Saturday, and after the way they played on Saturday, it’ll be tough.
- Virginia Tech (9-3, 5-3)
It wasn’t the prettiest game, but Virginia Tech beat Virginia for the 14th straight season 10-0 on Black Friday. Josh Jackson wasn’t very impressive, but his touchdown pass to Chris Cunningham ended up putting the game out of reach. The Hokies now await their bowl fate and could have their second straight ten-win season under Justin Fuente.
- NC State (8-4, 6-2)
After dropping their rivalry game against Wake last week, NC State rebounded with a home win against UNC. They were on the ropes for a while, but Nyheim Hines and the stout Wolfpack defense beat the struggling Tar Heels. NC State finishes the season with eight wins, but it could’ve easily been a one-loss season, and feels like a missed opportunity for the Pack.
- Louisville (8-4, 4-4)
The ‘Ville finished this year on a tear after being really shaky to start the season. But ever since the loss to BC, they’ve been undefeated. Lamar Jackson had another great game, the Cardinals put a beat down on their in-state rival Kentucky, which might be their best win of the season.
- Wake Forest (7-5, 4-4)
Wake upset NC State at home last week but then dropped the ball against Duke this week. It seems like a waste that John Wolford, who statistically is one of the best QBs in the country, couldn’t win more in his senior season. Still, Wake can get eight wins for the first time since 2008 if they win their bowl game.
- Boston College (7-5, 4-4)
Boston College since Week 7:
AJ Dillon runs for over 100 yards
Defense shuts down opposing offense
Eagles go 5-1 in their last six.
BC turned things around quickly this year, and AJ Dillon is going to be a bad man these next few seasons. They blew out Syracuse and now will await what bowl they’re invited to.
- Florida State (5-6, 3-5)
The ‘Noles won their fifth straight over the rival Gators and now have a chance to become bowl eligible if they beat Louisiana Monroe this week. But with all the rumors surround Jimbo Fisher and Texas A&M, things are tense in Tally at the moment.
- Virginia (6-6, 3-5)
The Commonwealth Cup is staying in Blacksburg for the 14th year in a row, as UVA dropped an ugly game to VT. Still, a bowl bid for the first time since 2011 and fresh uniforms should be very exciting for Cavalier fans.
- Duke (6-6, 3-5)
The Blue Devils are bowl eligible after upsetting Wake Forest on the road. Daniel Jones had a great game, and Duke is going bowling for the 4th time in the last five seasons. David Cutcliffe deserves a damn statue.
- Pittsburgh (5-7, 3-5)
Awesome game for the Panthers, who finished a rebuilding season on a high note with an upset over #2 Miami, their second upset over number two in as many seasons. It seems Pat Narduzi has found his QB in Kenny Pickett, and Pittsburgh should be excited about next season.
- Georgia Tech (5-6, 4-4)
GT got a beatdown at the hands of Georgia, and once again they will be missing a bowl game. Paul Johnson’s job is safe, but he must make coaching staff changes if the Yellow Jackets are to improve.
- Syracuse (4-8, 2-6)
Syracuse dropped five in a row to end the season, all of which came after their huge upset over Clemson. Eric Dungey was phenomenal until he got hurt, and after that, the Orange were done, despite Ervin Phillips and Steve Ishmael having huge years. After two straight 4-8 seasons, next year will be a make-or-break year for Dino Babers.
- North Carolina (3-9, 1-7)
The Heels never quit on the year, and still gave NC State a run for their money, but still lost to their rivals. They were decimated by injury in what was going to be a rebuilding year anyway, but next year with a lot of talent returning, Larry Fedora might have something cooking in Chapel Hill.