1.Miami (9-0, 6-0)
The U is officially back after their dismantling of Notre Dame on Saturday night. After weeks of winning games at the last minute, the Miami defense suffocated Brandon Wimbush and the turnover chain was in high demand after the Canes forced five turnovers. Miami plays Virginia in another big home game at noon next week. Hopefully, the stadium is half full.
- Clemson (9-1, 7-1)
Clemson pulled out a close win against Florida State, but if the Seminoles didn’t make so many mistakes, the Tigers could easily have another loss. That being said, the front seven was dominant, and Kelly Bryant continued to be an excellent running quarterback. They take on the Citadel a week before their clash against 7-3 South Carolina.
- Virginia Tech (7-3, 3-2)
The Hokies dropped their second game in a row, this time to Georgia Tech on the road. Josh Jackson and the offense did not play very well, and VT is now 7-3 on the year, although 10 wins are still possible. They have Pitt at home this week, and then take on in-state rival Virginia in two weeks.
- NC State (7-3, 5-1)
They almost faltered on the road, but the Wolfpack pulled one out against Boston College after a fourth-quarter Jaylen Samuels touchdown. NC State is now 7-3, and could still have a ten-win season if they win out, for the first time since 2002.
- Wake Forest (6-4, 3-5)
Wake hung 64 points on Syracuse in an absolute offensive shootout. John Wolford stays having a great season, and while the defense didn’t play well, the Deacs are now bowl-eligible, and could still reach nine wins, but first have to upset NC State this week.
- Georgia Tech (5-4, 4-3)
This is a really weird team, one who sometimes plays very well, and sometimes plays very poorly with no in-between. They upset VT at home, and probably have to beat Duke this week in order to become bowl eligible.
7.Louisville (6-4, 3-4)
The Cardinals became bowl eligible after a big win against Virginia where Lamar Jackson had another great game, and they play a sorta hot Syracuse team this week in order to get to seven wins.
- Boston College (5-5, 3-4)
BC almost pulled a big upset at home against NC State, but the running game couldn’t put up enough points and lost. Big injuries to Harold Landry and Anthony Brown really hurt the Eagles, and they need a win in their last two games in order to become bowl eligible for the second straight year.
- Virginia (6-4, 3-3)
Virginia didn’t play badly against Louisville, but the defense just couldn’t contain Lamar Jackson well enough. Still, the Cavs are still bowl-eligible and could pull a big upset against Miami this week in a what is a trap game.
- Florida State (3-6, 3-5)
Once again, the ‘Noles were a few plays away from walking out with a win, much like games against Louisville, Miami, and NC State. A few completed passes and we have one of the biggest upsets of the season; but, they were dropped. The ‘Noles still have a path to a bowl game, and take on Delaware State this week before they play the Gators.
- Syracuse (4-6, 2-4)
Eric Dungey had a fantastic game along with the rest of the offense, but the defense didn’t do enough to curve the Wake offense and lost despite putting up 40 points. They need wins against Louisville and Boston College to make a bowl game.
- Pittsburgh (4-6, 2-4)
This might be the lowest point of the season for the Panthers, losing to North Carolina at home last Thursday. They must win their next two games in order to make a bowl game.
- Duke (4-6, 1-5)
Duke lost to Army on the road, and they are now on a six-game losing streak. They must beat Wake Forest and Georgia Tech to become bowl eligible.
- North Carolina (2-8, 1-6)
The Tar Heels pulled off an upset in Pittsburgh this week, and now have their second win of the season. They play West Carolina this week and should move to three wins on the year. On another positive note, college basketball is upon us.