The ACC will enter Week 9 of the 2017 college football season with four teams having lost only once or not at all. That’s more than every other Power 5 conference except the Big Ten.
But none of those four ACC teams were represented in ESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit’s Top 6 rankings on Sunday.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 22, 2017
Clemson is probably the best candidate from the ACC to be in the Top 6, as the Tigers have three Top 15 victories this season. But Clemson is coming off a bye week and lost its previous game to unranked Syracuse. So it’s not hard to see why Herbstreit went with other programs ahead of the Tigers.
But after remaining undefeated by beating Syracuse on Saturday, Miami fans probably have a gripe with these rankings too. The Hurricanes are 6-0 and legitimate contenders in the ACC Coastal Division.
The other team in that race is Virginia Tech, who will face Miami on Nov. 4 in a game that will likely decide the division title. The Hokies only have one loss, a home defeat to Clemson, this season.
The ACC’s last team still involved in the playoff race is N.C. State. The Wolfpack have won six straight and sit at 6-1 after their bye week. But N.C. State did lose to South Carolina on opening weekend, so at the very least, its margin for error is very slim in the playoff conversation.
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