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The Confidential’s ACC Standings Poll: Week 10

The standings are starting to become even clearer, as spots 6 through 10 are starting to catch-up with the top 5 in terms of clarity.  With all seven correspondents reporting, here are the poll standings as of today and a brief synopsis:

10.Virginia (4-4), 6 points.  At 4-4, Mike London’s Cavaliers are now facing a daunting challenge to get to bowl eligibility.  Next up is a red hot Georgia Tech, followed by Florida State, Miami, and Virginia Tech.  Gulp.

9. UNC (4-4), 17 points.  North Carolina eked by Virginia, but a win is a win.  And 4 wins is better than the alternative.  Unlike Virginia, UNC still has a game against NC State yet.  The other games are Miami, Pitt, and Duke.  Going to be tough, but 6 wins is plausible, especially with Pitt at home.  Next up is that trip to Miami, where dozens of Hurricanes fans will be on hand to root against the Tar Heels.

8. Boston College (5-3), 20 points.  BC just keeps chugging along.  At 5-3, with games against Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Florida State looming… will the final game showdown against Syracuse be for bowl eligibility?  Next up… a desperate Hokies team in Blacksburg.

7. Miami (5-3), 26 points.  Miami is 5-3, but it is a disappointing 5-3 somehow.  Nevertheless, the Hurricanes are one game away from a bowl and–other than Florida State–finish out the season with three games against ACC opponents that are .500 in conference and overall.  8 wins is a distinct possibility.  Next up… an improving North Carolina comes to town.

6. Georgia Tech (6-2), 35 points.  Pitt was dreadful, but Georgia Tech made sure that Pitt’s dreadfulness was taken advantage of.  And now the Yellow Jackets will be bowling in 2014.  The season’s remaining slate ends tough, with games against Clemson and Georgia.  But Virginia and NC State are next up.  If Georgia Tech can win this week, they can at least have a chance, however slim, of winning the Coastal.  Next up…  an angry Virginia team.

5. Louisville (6-2), 42 points.  The Cards had a bye to prepare for this Thursday’s game against Florida State.  After watching Clemson struggle with BC and Syracuse for far too long, it is amazing that the Cards lost to a Cole Stoudt led Clemson team.  That does not bode well for this week.  Next up: Florida State.

4. Duke (6-1), 49 points.  Duke still has five games left… @ Pitt, @ Syracuse, Virginia Tech, UNC, Wake Forest.  11-1 is not impossible.  Pitt will play better than they did last week (or they are in full dumpster fire mode).  And Syracuse “should” be a very desperate team.  But would a sweep of the remaining games be impossible?  Heck no.  Next up: @ Pitt.

3. Clemson (6-2), 56 points.  The Tigers eked by Syracuse, as Cole Stoudt struggled.   The defense is awesome… simply awesome.  Hard to believe that Florida State without Winston was able to beat them, really.  With remaining games against Wake Forest and Georgia State, 8 wins seems almost certain.  The remaining games against Georgia Tech and South Carolina will determine whether this season placates the Clemson fan base.  Next up: Bye, then @ Wake Forest.

2. Notre Dame (6-1), 61 points.  Like Duke, the Fighting Irish have five games left… Navy, Arizona State, Northwestern, Louisville, and USC.  Both Pac-12 games are on the road, which will be a challenge.  But Notre Dame coped well against FSU.  10 wins is the over/under…. what do you think?  Next up: @ Navy.

1. Florida State (7-0), 70 points, 7 first place votes.  The Seminoles got a needed bye to rest.  Say what you want, but the Seminoles remaining stretch is far from embarrassing.  A trip to Louisville…. hosting Virginia… a trip to Miami… hosting 5-3 Boston College… and then hosting Florida.  What else can the Seminoles do???  Just win out, baby.  Next up: @ Louisville.

Others receiving votes: Va Tech, NC State, and Pitt: 1 point.  Syracuse and Wake Forest were shutout.

What do you think?  Did we hit/miss?

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