1.Clemson (8-1, 6-1)
Really big win for the Tigers against a feisty NC State team on the road. Kelly Bryant was impressive and overcame early struggles against the Wolfpack to ultimately come back for a win. The Tigers now have firm control of the Atlantic division, and come back to Death Valley this week to play Florida State.
- Miami (8-0, 6-0)
If there were any questions on whether the Canes were for real, they were answered after the Virginia Tech game. Although it wasn’t a blowout, Miami controlled most of the game and took VT out of it right when they began to come back. They have a massive matchup against Notre Dame this week in what has become one of the biggest games of the season.
- Virginia Tech (7-2, 3-2)
The Hokies dropped another high-profile ACC game, and it is still apparent that the program, while definitely improving under Justin Fuente, will need another year to truly become a national player. Still, VT was never fully out of it and is back to being the ACC power player that it was throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s. They play old Coastal Division rival Georgia Tech this week on the road, and it will be a tough test for the boys from Blacksburg.
- NC State (6-3, 4-1)
The Wolfpack dropped a close game at home to Clemson after giving up an early lead. Jaylen Samuels was taken off the field with an injury, and now the Wolfpack’s once-promising future has been put in doubt. They will need a win against a suddenly hot Boston College team to get to seven wins for the fourth straight season under Dave Doeren.
- Wake Forest (5-4, 2-3)
Even with Greg Dortch and several other key players out, Wake gave Notre Dame a run for their money in South Bend. They play an ailing Syracuse on the road, and much like several other teams in the conference, a win will give a very good Demon Deacon team bowl-eligibility.
- Boston College (5-4, 3-3)
BC was on a bye after their huge win against Florida State, and this week takes on NC State at home, and with a win will become bowl eligible for the second consecutive season.
- Virginia (6-3, 3-2)
The Cavaliers are bowl eligible, a huge accomplishment for Bronco Mendenhall’s program in only year two. The Hoos were impressive against GT and now take on Louisville to get to seven wins for the first time since 2011.
- Georgia Tech (4-4, 3-3)
Georgia Tech has at times played like a solid 9-3 team, and at times like a 3-9 team this season. They suffered a tough loss against Virginia on Saturday, and have a tough stretch of their last four games, including No. 1 Georgia and No. 13 Virginia Tech this upcoming week.
- Louisville (5-4, 2-4)
The Louisville Lamar Jackson‘s face a newly-bowl eligible Virginia at home this week, and should be favored coming off of a bye.
- Florida State (3-5, 3-4)
Really big win for the Seminoles, who with a loss were almost certainly out of contention for a bowl game. Cam Akers had his coming out party, and the Florida State running back position once again has a star. The ‘Noles face an enormous challenge against Clemson on the road, but even with a loss, the win against ‘Cuse opened up a path to bowl eligibility, as long as the game against Louisiana Monroe is rescheduled.
- Syracuse (4-5, 2-3)
The Orange almost pulled another road upset on Saturday against FSU, but Eric Dungey’s gutsy performance couldn’t overcome controversial play calling and a hot start by the Seminoles. They play a tough Wake Forest team this week and need to win two of their last three to make a bowl game.
- Pittsburgh (4-5, 2-3)
Pitt is another team that is fresh off a bye but slid down in the rankings because of wins by other teams. The Panthers should be favored against UNC on Thursday and could move to 5-5.
- Duke (4-5, 1-4)
Duke travels in Army this week off of a bye, and are playing a Black Knight team that is already 7-2 and having one of their best seasons in years. The Blue Devils will be in for a tough game, and a loss would shatter their bowl hopes.
- North Carolina (1-8, 0-6)
Carolina plays Pitt this week off a bye, looking for their first conference win of the season. The day after they play the Panthers, college basketball gets off and running, so UNC fans can finally forget about this awful season.