ACC football rankings heading into Week 12 of the 2016 season. Duke pulled off an upset over rival North Carolina, and FSU demolished Boston College.
What happened Thursday night was both exciting and unexpected, but the Blue Devils somehow pulled it off. Duke beat North Carolina in an upset, 28-27.
On Friday night, there were no upsets to be found in Tallahassee. Florida State wrecked Boston College, 45-7.
Here’s a look at how the ACC teams rank heading into Week 12 of the season.
Week 12 ACC Football Rankings
14. Boston College (Last Week – 13)
The Eagles dropped back a spot here because not only did they get smacked in the mouth by Florida State, but Duke upset UNC, so the Blue Devils had to move up a spot.
13. Duke (14)
The Blue Devils picked up major bragging rights with the big win over North Carolina. That has to feel good for Duke fans everywhere.
12. Virginia (12)
The Cavaliers could not slow down Mark Walton and Joseph Yearby, who both found the end zone. And even though it picked off Brad Kaaya, Virginia still let him throw two touchdowns in a 34-14 Miami win.
11. Syracuse (8)
Zack Mahoney threw for 190 yards, a touchdown and an interception. But the Orange could not find a running game, and it led to a loss to NC State.
10. Georgia Tech (10)
The Yellow Jackets upset Virginia Tech, 30-20, and a big part of that was Georgia Tech’s running game. Marcus Marshall and Matthew Jordan combined for 264 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries.
9. North Carolina State (11)
The Wolfpack got a big game from Matt Dayes, who rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on 27 carries. But Ryan Finley also threw for 340 yards and a score in a 35-20 win over Syracuse.
8. Wake Forest (9)
The Demon Deacons made it a ballgame, but they couldn’t hold off Louisville forever in their 44-12 loss to the Cardinals. John Wolford completed 13-of-22 passes for 144 yards, and Wake Forest’s only scoring drives were four field goals in the first half.
7. Pittsburgh (6)
Start the slow clap for the Panthers. They upset Clemson, 43-42, on a game-winning field goal. James Conner ran for 132 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries for Pitt.
6. Miami (7)
The Hurricanes found a win against Virginia thanks to Brad Kaaya’s 228 passing yards and two touchdowns. Mark Walton also added 111 rushing yards and a touchdown.
5. Virginia Tech (5)
The Hokies got 316 passing yards and a touchdown from Jerod Evans, but he was also picked off twice. Virginia Tech suffered a bad loss to Georgia Tech when it could have distanced itself from North Carolina following the Tar Heels’ loss to Duke.
4. North Carolina (4)
Mitch Trubisky may end up being a first-round pick, but the Tar Heels’ six points in the second half in a loss to Duke won’t help his draft stock by any means.
3. FSU (3)
There was no expectation for the Seminoles to lose this game. Dalvin Cook ran for 108 yards, and FSU scored its first first-quarter touchdown against a Power Five opponent this year when Deondre Francois found Auden Tate for a six-yard score.
2. Clemson (1)
Deshaun Watson put up Heisman numbers but didn’t deliver a win like a Heisman winner should. The Clemson quarterback threw for 580 yards and three touchdowns, but he also threw three picks in the loss to Pitt.
1. Louisville (2)
The score certainly didn’t represent how this game went. It was a much closer contest between Louisville and Wake Forest than the 44-12 final indicated. Lamar Jackson’s Heisman campaign continued, as he completed 14-of-26 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals’ quarterback also rushed for 153 yards.