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ACC Football Power Rankings, Week 14: UVA, Bryce Perkins get set for Clemson in ACC Title Game

After three months of action, the ACC has its two best teams — Clemson and Virginia — headed to Charlotte for a title bout. That’s great. With that in mind, here are the final ACC Football Power Rankings of the 2019 season. Folks, we’ve done it. And it’s beautiful.

 

No. 1 Clemson

Clemson made quick work of South Carolina on Saturday — a rivalry that’s turned lopsided. Trevor Lawrence remained red hot — three touchdowns, 295 yards — and Travis Etienne made history. The star running back scored twice against the Gamecocks; he’s now the ACC’s all-time leader in career rushing touchdowns (53) and career total touchdowns (57).

Up Next: Virginia, ACC Championship Game (Charlotte, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.)

 

No. 2 Virginia

In one of the biggest games of his career, Bryce Perkins put together a masterpiece — helping smash Virginia’s 15-year drought against Virginia Tech. Perkins completed 61 percent of his passes for 311 yards and a touchdown; he also carried the ball 19 times for 164 yards and two rushing scores, too.

Perkins joins Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts as the only two FBS players this season to throw for 300+ yards, run for 150+ yards, and record at least one passing touchdown and one rushing touchdown in a single game. Now he must get ready to face the No. 1 defense in the country.

Up Next: Clemson, ACC Championship Game (Charlotte, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m.)

 

No. 3 Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech fought hard in defeat against Virginia; however, four turnovers and 141 penalty yards proved costly for the Hokies. Even after a rivalry loss, though, there’s plenty to celebrate with this team going forward. After a strong second half to the season, Virginia Tech has positioned itself for a quality bowl opportunity.

 

No. 4 Louisville

Louisville knew what was coming, but the Cardinals couldn’t stop it. The team’s blowout loss to Kentucky doubled as the Lynn Bowden Show. Kentucky attempted only two passes in this game, and ran the ball right at Louisville.

Kentucky posted 521 yards of total offense on Saturday, including 517 rushing yards — with Bowden accounting for over half of that total.

 

No. 5 Wake Forest

Wake Forest hasn’t been itself down the stretch this season — losing three of the last four games. That stretch was punctuated with a disappointing road loss at Syracuse. Sam Hartman played well in relief of Jamie Newman (knee); however, the Demon Deacons fell short in overtime, which drops them to 8-4 on the season.

 

No. 6 Pittsburgh

In the regular season finale, Pitt simply had no answer for AJ Dillon, who ran all over the Panthers: 32 carries for 178 yards and a touchdown. With a bowl game on the horizon, Pitt still has a chance to finish with eight wins for the third time under Pat Narduzzi.

No. 7 North Carolina

If you’re dancing after a rivalry game, that’s usually a good thing, right? Just ask Mack Brown. That Sam Howell guy is pretty good, too: 401 passing yards (a career high) and three touchdowns through the air.

 

No. 8 Miami

This is possibly the most vexing team in all of college football. After three straight wins, Miami inexplicably lost to FIU, and then followed that up with another embarrassing performance at Duke. The Blue Devils sacked the Hurricanes nine times in Durham. This was just the third time this season that an ACC team has given up nine or more sacks in a game.

 

No. 9 Florida State

Going up against Florida’s top 10 defense proved to be a brutal challenge for Florida State: 250 yards of total offense — the second lowest total of the season. At 6-6, Florida State is headed back to a bowl game — with big decisions to be made on the horizon.

 

No. 10 Boston College

One day after Boston College’s road win over Pittsburgh, the program decided to part ways with Steve Addazio — King of The Dudes — after seven seasons. Former BC wide receiver Rich Gunnell will serve as the team’s interim coach.

 

No. 11 NC State

Back on Oct. 10, NC State defeated Syracuse on a Thursday night game; the win moved the Wolfpack to 4-2 overall (1-1 ACC). After that, though, wow, did things turn ugly. NC State lost six straight games — five coming by double-digit margins. Over that stretch of six games, the Pack posted a point differential of -147. This was, of course, punctuated by a 31-point clunker against UNC — a fitting coda for NC State’s 2019 season.

 

No. 12 Syracuse

Save the best for last: after sleepwalking through most of the 2019 season, Syracuse woke up in November, and scored notable wins over Duke and Wake Forest.

 

No. 13 Duke

Led by defensive lineman Chris Rumph — 3.5 sacks against Miami — Duke snapped a five-game losing streak.

 

No. 14 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech lost to Georgia by 45 points on Saturday.

 

Contributor Rankings

 David GlennBrian GeisingerJosh GrahamConsensus
1ClemsonClemsonClemsonClemson
2VirginiaVirginiaVirginiaVirginia
3Virginia TechVirginia TechVirginia TechVirginia Tech
4LouisvilleLouisvilleWake ForestLouisville
5Wake ForestWake ForestLouisvilleWake Forest
6PittUNCPittPitt
7UNCPittUNCUNC
8MiamiMiamiMiamiMiami
9Florida StateFlorida StateFlorida StateFlorida State
10Boston CollegeBoston CollegeBoston CollegeBoston College
11NC StateSyracuseNC StateNC State
12SyracuseDukeSyracuseSyracuse
13DukeNC StateDukeDuke
14Georgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia Tech