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ACC Week 12 Power Rankings: Clemson secure at the top

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Gallman rushes Clemson to win, ACC Atlantic title (0:49)

Wayne Gallman rushes for 161 yards and two scores as No. 4 Clemson defeats Wake Forest 35-13, clinching the ACC Atlantic. (0:49)

There is no longer a debate as to which team deserves to be at the top of the ACC power rankings. Clemson still couldn't find a consistent groove, but Louisville was blown out on the road at Houston.

1. Clemson: It looked like the loss to Pittsburgh might have refocused the Tigers, as they jumped out to a huge lead, but the offense struggled with the conditions and the Wake Forest defense after the first quarter of the 35-13 victory. Give the Wake Forest defense credit, but there are questions as to whether the Tigers are capable of returning to the national championship game.

2. Louisville: It was already unlikely to happen, but now it's time to pull the plug on the Cardinals' playoff life. There's no shame in losing at a really good Houston team, but Louisville needed to win and win big to impress the committee -- not lose 36-10. A 10-2 season (if the Cardinals beat Kentucky) is still really good, plus Lamar Jackson comes back in 2017.

3. Florida State: It's the soft part of Florida State's schedule, but the Seminoles are rolling, including beating Syracuse 45-14. They look like the national championship contender they were expected to be. For a second straight season, they have the opportunity to completely end Florida's playoff hopes too.

4. Virginia Tech: The Hokies were on their way to a double-digit loss, but Justin Fuente's resilient group battled back to win 34-31 at Notre Dame. Now the Hokies are confident heading into the rivalry game against Virginia, and they could clinch a berth in the ACC title game and get to 10 wins.

5. North Carolina: It was essentially a bye week for the Tar Heels, as they played an FCS opponent and beat The Citadel 41-7. They should be fresh for next week's game against NC State.

6. Miami: We all knew the Hurricanes would likely struggle in October, but they've rebounded nicely in November, including beating NC State 27-13 this week. Miami is playing well behind the strong running of Mark Walton.

7. Pittsburgh: That was an easy 56-14 win for the Panthers, who have routinely played in nail-biters this season. The Panthers were great in all three phases in a lopsided win over Duke.

8. Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson has had a solid bounce-back season, and the Yellow Jackets are playing their best football right now, as they defeated Virginia 31-17 this week. Marcus Marshall has emerged as a really good running back.

9. Wake Forest: The ACC didn't do the Demon Deacons any favors by giving them Louisville and Clemson back to back. Wake Forest isn't going to be judged by how it fared against those two teams, though. This season has been a success.

10. Duke: It wasn't a great follow-up performance from the Blue Devils, who beat North Carolina last week. The Blue Devils fumbled on their first snap, and it was all downhill from that point.

11. NC State: It still seems unlikely that the school will make a change, but Dave Doeren's fourth season has been a disaster. NC State should not be this bad, especially with one of the conference's better rosters. If the Wolfpack lose big against rival North Carolina, it could make for a tough decision for the administration.

12. Syracuse: The Orange are making strides in Dino Babers' first season, but they just don't have the depth defensively to compete. The offense has been up and down too. Syracuse fans should be hopeful that Babers will get them bowl eligible soon, though.

13. Boston College: The Eagles needed a win against UConn, and they blew out their old rival 30-0. It was the kind of performance Steve Addazio needed, as the fourth-year coach is on shaky ground. If he can get the Eagles to a bowl game, he should be safe.

14. Virginia: It has been a long season for new coach Bronco Mendenhall. The past few weeks have been a real struggle, as the loss to Louisville on Oct. 29 took a lot out of the Cavaliers. They haven't been very competitive the past two weeks.