ACC football rankings heading into Week 14 of the 2016 season. Louisville suffers another shocking loss to end the regular season in disappointing fashion.
Louisville couldn’t believe it wasn’t ranked higher in the College Football Playoff rankings two weeks ago. Now, the Cardinals are shaking their heads again.
They lost to Kentucky, 41-38, on a last-second field goal Saturday, just over a week after being dominated in a loss at Houston that effectively ended their Playoff hopes. Louisville’s drop off is shocking, and it might hurt the Heisman chances of quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Here’s a look at how the ACC teams rank heading into Week 14 of the season.
Week 14 ACC Football Rankings
14. Virginia (Last Week – 14)
Ouch. Virginia’s 52-10 loss to rival Virginia Tech finished a 2-10 first season under Bronco Mendenhall, who has a significant rebuilding process ahead of him.
13. Duke (13)
The Blue Devils picked up a signature win over North Carolina, but they ended the season 4-8 after losing to Miami on Saturday, 40-21.
12. Syracuse (11)
Not often does a team score 61 points and lose, but that’s exactly what happened to the Orange on Saturday when they allowed 76 against Pittsburgh.
11. Boston College (12)
The Eagles likely are headed to a bowl game after getting to 6-6 with Saturday’s win 17-14 win over Wake Forest.
10. Wake Forest (9)
The Demon Deacons already locked up a bowl berth, but the loss to Boston College has to sting. They’ve lost three in a row.
9. North Carolina State (10)
Friday’s win over North Carolina was big for coach Dave Doeren, who will return next season. The Wolfpack became bowl-eligible with that victory.
8. Georgia Tech (8)
Huge win for the Yellow Jackets, who scored a touchdown with 30 seconds left to secure a 28-27 victory at rival Georgia on Saturday. They improved to 8-4 and are headed to a bowl game.
7. Pittsburgh (7)
Pat Narduzzi is a defensive-minded coach, so allowing 61 points won’t sit well. But he’s not going to complain after the Panthers moved to 8-4 with that big victory.
6. Miami (6)
The Hurricanes sure thought they’d be ranked higher than this in their own conference at this point, but a mid-season slide hurt them. Saturday’s win over Duke gave them eight wins in Mark Richt’s first season.
5. North Carolina (4)
Losing at home to N.C. State with a trip to the ACC title game on the line? Not a good look for the Tar Heels, who have been extremely inconsistent all season.
4. Louisville (2)
The Cardinals might have lost a chance at a New Year’s Six bowl game with that loss to Kentucky. Extremely disappointing end to the regular season.
3. Virginia Tech (5)
What an accomplishment for first-year coach Justin Fuente to lead the Hokies to the conference title game. The big win over Virginia was a tuneup, as they’ll get a much tougher test next week against Clemson.
2. FSU (3)
The losses to Louisville and North Carolina really sting. This Seminoles team is on a roll after beating the rival Florida Gators, but that’s still disappointing considering they had CFP hopes to start the season.
1. Clemson (1)
One has to figure that winning the ACC title game would guarantee a spot in the College Football Playoff for a second straight year. The Tigers knocked off South Carolina on Saturday night.