ACC football rankings heading into Week 13 of the 2016 season. Louisville’s loss to Houston makes Clemson the clear No. 1 in the conference.
Louisville voiced and tweeted displeasure over being placed fifth in Tuesday’s College Football Playoff rankings. Two days later, it proved the committee correct.
The Cardinals laid an egg at Houston in a 36-10 loss, effectively ending their chances to reach the Playoff. Clemson bounced back from its loss to Pittsburgh by beating Wake Forest, and is now the clear favorite to represent the ACC in the CFP.
Here’s a look at how the ACC teams rank heading into Week 13 of the season.
Week 13 ACC Football Rankings
14. Virginia (Last Week – 12)
The Cavaliers have lost six in a row after being spanked by Georgia Tech, 31-17. That losing streak is enough to drop them to the bottom of the rankings.
13. Duke (13)
Duke followed up its surprising win over North Carolina by getting demolished in a 56-14 loss to Pittsburgh. The Blue Devils now have no shot at reaching a bowl game.
12. Boston College (14)
The Eagles were outscored 97-14 by Louisville and Florida State in their previous two games. They got a break this week and shut out UConn, 30-0.
11. Syracuse (11)
Make it three straight losses for the Orange after they were blown out by Florida State. No bowl game for Dino Barbers and Syracuse this year.
10. North Carolina State (9)
N.C. State has lost five of its last six and now is in danger of missing a bowl game. It’ll need to knock off North Carolina next week in order to get that sixth win.
9. Wake Forest (8)
The Demon Deacons have gone 2-5 since starting 4-0. The loss to Clemson was their fourth in the last five games.
8. Georgia Tech (10)
The Yellow Jackets beat Virginia four their fourth victory in five games, giving them seven victories on the season. They’ve recovered from their three-game losing streak nicely and will be headed to a bowl game.
7. Pittsburgh (7)
No let down for the Panthers, as they crushed Duke following last week’s upset of Clemson. They’ll go for their eighth win next week against Syracuse.
6. Miami (6)
The Hurricanes have won three straight after beating N.C. State, 27-13. That four-game losing streak really puts a damper on Mark Richt’s first season, though.
5. Virginia Tech (5)
It wouldn’t have been a conference loss, but falling against Notre Dame would’ve been embarrassing. The Hokies survived with a 34-31 win by scoring the game’s final 10 points.
4. North Carolina (4)
The Tar Heels got a layup with The Citadel this week and won, 41-7. It finishes up with N.C. State next week and needs a victory and a Virginia Tech loss to face Clemson in the ACC title game for a second straight season.
3. FSU (3)
The Seminoles crushed Syracuse in a game true to how good of a team they can be. However, their mishaps throughout the season cost them a chance at a major bowl game.
2. Louisville (1)
It’s obviously secondary to him, but Lamar Jackson’s Heisman hopes also took a hit with the loss to Houston. He still should win it, but he won’t be bringing that hardware with him to the College Football Playoff.
1. Clemson (2)
The Tigers locked up a berth in the ACC title game with its victory over Wake Forest, winning the tiebreaker over Louisville due to the head-to-head victory. Win that game, and Clemson is all but assured to be back in the College Football Playoff.