Who said the lack of marquee Week 7 games meant an upset or two was on the horizon? That’s exactly what happened, and now the power rankings face a major shake-up because of the chaos.
1. Clemson. The Tigers survived by the skin of their teeth in an overtime win against NC State. But will they stop playing with fire, starting with a trip to FSU out of the bye week?
2. Louisville. Much like Clemson, the Cardinals had a rather pedestrian performance in Friday's win against Duke. They can't afford to do that again next week when hosting NC State, and they can look to Clemson's close call for a reminder of that.
3. North Carolina. UNC looked like a completely different team from a week ago, taking control early in a win at Miami. A trip to UVa awaits.
4. Florida State. The Seminoles' defense may have turned a corner these last two weeks, but that will be tested in two weeks when they host Clemson out of both teams' bye weeks.
5. Pitt. The defense came to play in the second half, holding the Hoos to just three points after a 28-point first half. In a cluttered Coastal, you can't count the Panthers out.
6. Virginia Tech. What was that, Hokies? After looking like one of the nation's surprise teams last week at UNC, VT got beat thoroughly at Syracuse. How will the Hokies respond this Thursday against Miami?
7. NC State. The Clemson loss is going to sting for a bit, especially as the inside track for the Atlantic was technically on the line. But the Pack must recover at Louisville next week.
8. Miami. Is the post-FSU letdown a real thing still? It better not linger long for the Canes, who head to Blacksburg this Thursday before going to Notre Dame.
9. Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons held their own again against FSU, but with home games against Army and UVa on deck out of the bye, Wake has to feel good about its chances of bowling this year.
10. Syracuse. Good on the Orange for putting up 561 yards on the Hokies' defense and pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the year. Can they carry that momentum into BC next week?
11. Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets looked sharp against Georgia Southern in snapping a three-game skid. They get Duke at home next out of their upcoming bye.
12. Duke. The Blue Devils put up a valiant fight in Louisville but left the game with a 3-4 record, and they still have the class of the Coastal remaining on their schedule.
13. Virginia. The Cavaliers couldn’t make much happen in the second half after jumping on Pitt early, and they now face UNC and Louisville in consecutive weeks.
14. Boston College. The Eagles had a bye this week and host old Big East rival Syracuse next week. Dino Babers’ offense will be an interesting test for a defense that has given up 49 and 56 points to Virginia Tech and Clemson, respectively.