ACC Power Rankings, Nov. 22: All on the line in the Atlantic

As Wake Forest gets set to play Boston College this weekend up in Chestnut Hill, the stakes have never been higher for the Demon Deacons. Or, well, they’ve been this high before; however, 2006 was a long time ago. You get what I mean!

If Dave Clawson and the Deacs defeat the Eagles, then they win the Atlantic Division; a matchup with Pittsburgh in the ACC title game awaits. However, if Wake Forest falls, then the door is open for either NC State — home vs. UNC — or Clemson.

 

No. 1 Wake Forest

The Demon Deacons let go of a great opportunity at Clemson on Saturday; however, Wake Forest still controls its own destiny for a division title.

Call it a hunch: there are a lot of new Boston College fans in Raleigh and Clemson, starting this week.

 

No. 2 Pittsburgh

Man, Jordan Addison is really freaking good, huh?

With a Coastal Division title hanging in the balance, Addison had arguably the best individual performance by an ACC receiver this season, although UNC’s Josh Downs may take some offense to that claim.

Addison caught 14 balls for 202 yards and four touchdowns against Virginia. He was named a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist recently and — given he leads the nation in receiving touchdowns (15) — he will likely remain in the mix when finalists are announced this week.

 

No. 3 NC State

After a slow start, the Wolfpack made quick work of Syracuse on Saturday, beginning in the second quarter. NC State scored 28 points in the second 15 minutes of action; the Pack cruised to victory, 41-17. Bam Knight took another kickoff back for a touchdown — his second this season.

Now, all of the program’s attention turns to a very intriguing rivalry game vs. North Carolina and (likely) Sam Howell.

 

No. 4 Clemson

It’s been a struggle for Clemson, especially on offense, this season. Despite those issues, the Tigers still have a shot at the Atlantic Division.

 

No. 5 Louisville

It was the Malik Cunningham Show vs. Duke last week. Louisville’s star quarterback threw for 303 yards and ran for 224 yards as the Cardinals destroyed the Blue Devils, 62-22.

No. 6 Virginia

Virginia has now lost three straight games, following a 10-point defeat vs. Pitt. Can UVA snap that streak vs. Virginia Tech?

 

No. 7 North Carolina

Sam Howell sat out on Saturday — in North Carolina’s home finale — which meant quality reps for Jacolby Criswell and Drake Maye.

As this season plays out, it’ll be interesting to see how UNC’s quarterback depth develops, especially if Howell opts out of a bowl game.

 

No. 8, Tied: Miami and Florida State

Miami

I know it’s been a disappointing season for the Hurricanes, but freshman quarterback Tyler Van Dyke had another monster performance for Miami. TVD threw for 357 yards and three touchdowns during the win over Virginia Tech.

Van Dyke now has five straight games with 315+ passing yards and at least three touchdown passes. This is something to build on, perhaps.

Florida State

Florida State has hung tough and won two straight one-possession games by a combined six points: Miami and Boston College.

Mike Norvell has a chance to pick up his sixth victory of the season when FSU matches up with a Florida program that’s currently in a state of disrepair.

 

No. 10 Boston College

After two straight wins, Boston College crashed back to Earth on Saturday. Phil Jurkovec struggled and lost the quarterback battle to Jordan Travis.

 

No. 11 Virginia Tech

In the first game of the Post-Fuente era, Virginia Tech fell on the road at Miami. As Virginia Tech continues its search to replace Justin Fuente, another item is on the horizon: handling its business vs. Virginia.

 

No. 12 Syracuse

Take it away, Sean Tucker.

 

No. 13 Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech heads into the matchup with Georgia as a 35-point underdog. The Yellow Jackets are the only thing standing in the way of a perfect regular season for the the Bulldogs.

So, are we sure we actually have to play this game?

 

No. 14 Duke

The writing is seemingly on the wall in Durham: this could very well be David Cutcliffe’s last game as Duke’s head coach.

 

Contributor Rankings

 BGJGConsensus
1Wake ForestWake ForestWake Forest
2PittsburghPittsburghPittsburgh
3NC StateNC StateNC State
4ClemsonClemsonClemson
5LouisvilleVirginiaLouisville
6UNCLouisvilleVirginia
7MiamiFSUUNC
8VirginiaUNCFSU
9FSUMiamiMiami
10BCBCBC
11Virginia TechVirginia TechVirginia Tech
12SyracuseSyracuseSyracuse
13Georgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia Tech
14DukeDukeDuke