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ACC Week 11 Power Rankings: Chaos doesn't shake up the top

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Clemson can't afford to lose again (1:22)

Heather Dinich explains where Clemson stands in the College Football Playoff after a loss to Pittsburgh. (1:22)

Clemson and Virginia Tech had an opportunity to clinch spots in the ACC championship game, but both lost in Week 11. How did those losses shake up the power rankings? Not as much as you'd think.

1. Clemson: The Tigers weren't a unanimous choice for the top spot after their 22-game home winning streak was broken on a last-second 43-42 loss to Pittsburgh. But considering they have the head-to-head victory over Louisville, they stay here for now. And if they win out, they are more than likely playoff-bound again.

2. Louisville: After trailing 12-0, Louisville scored 44 unanswered points to beat Wake Forest. Brandon Radcliff ran for a career-high three rushing touchdowns, and Lamar Jackson only had one to keep the Cardinals' playoff hopes alive.

3. Florida State: The Seminoles had no problem taking care of Boston College on Friday night, winning 45-7. Deondre Francois was knocked out of the game with a bruised shoulder, so his status is one to keep an eye on as the week progresses.

4. Virginia Tech: The Hokies couldn't take advantage of an opportunity to clinch the Coastal Division, losing to Georgia Tech 30-20. They still are in the driver's seat -- all they have to do is beat Virginia in the regular-season finale to take their spot in Orlando.

5. North Carolina: Despite going into their rivalry game against Duke as a double-digit favorite, the Tar Heels lost 28-27 and missed a chance to retake command of the Coastal Division. Mitch Trubisky threw two interceptions, including one with an opportunity to drive for the winning score.

6. Miami: Virginia has caused Miami issues in the past, but not so much on Saturday, as the Hurricanes won 34-14 to clinch bowl eligibility. Miami is on a two-game winning streak in which its offense has scored 85 total points. During its previous four-game losing streak, it scored a combined 75.

7. Pitt: The Panthers pulled off one of the biggest upsets in school history, taking down No. 2 Clemson in Death Valley. The victory had to feel so good considering the close, painful losses to North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State this season.

8. Wake Forest: The game plan worked for three quarters against Louisville as the Deacs limited Jackson from big plays (and the end zone). But then they gave up 34 points in the fourth quarter and ended up with a loss.

9. Georgia Tech: Going into its game against Virginia Tech, the Jackets were without starting quarterback Justin Thomas, starting B-back Dedrick Mills and starting offensive linemen Freddie Burden and Andrew Marshall. Yet they still won and clinched bowl eligibility after staying home for the holidays last season.

10. Duke: There have been so many close losses, and coach David Cutcliffe knew it was only a matter of time before one close game went their way. And what better way to reverse that trend than against rival North Carolina at home, bringing the Victory Bell back to Durham for the first time since 2013.

11. NC State: It certainly wasn't easy on the road against Syracuse, but the Wolfpack avoided a disaster scenario with a 35-20 victory. Matt Dayes had three rushing touchdowns, but the Wolfpack still need to win one of their final two against Miami and North Carolina to secure a bowl berth.

12. Syracuse: Starting quarterback Eric Dungey missed the game after taking a hit to the head last week, and the Orange offense struggled for consistency without him. There were opportunities to win in the fourth quarter, but they couldn't make the plays when needed.

13. Virginia: It has been a struggle all the way around for the Cavaliers this season as they dropped their fifth straight game. Starting quarterback Kurt Benkert was replaced again as his inconsistent play continued.

14. Boston College: There is only one way to illustrate how badly the Eagles have struggled. In six ACC losses, Boston College has been outscored 247-58.