A loss certainly wouldn't eliminate Miami, but it would reduce the Hurricanes' margin for error in the ACC championship game.
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Jackson, Johnson lead ACC standouts
Lamar Jackson's terrific day against Syracuse earned him weekly conference honors for the first time since Week 2. Wake Forest's Tabari Hines joined him on offense, while Miami's JaQuan Johnson earned recognition on defense for the third straight week. Pitt's Ryan Wilson got the nod on special teams.
Clemson has the upper hand over Miami in the latest CFP rankings, but what do this week's ACC rankings look like?
Cam Phillips had 117 yards receiving and scored the game-winning touchdown, and Virginia Tech's defense kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone on the final play to lift the Hokies to a 20-14 victory over the Panthers on Saturday.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi said he saw the news that Nathan Peterman would start for Buffalo as he was walking off the practice field and immediately called him. "I think he's a Kirk Cousins -- just a smart guy that's going to get better game by game. I think the Bills fans will be happy to watch him," Narduzzi said.
Mel Kiper Jr. Football analyst
New Bills starter Nathan Peterman doesn't have elite physical traits, but he was highly efficient in his two seasons at Pitt (47 TD passes and only 15 INTs). At 6-foot-2, 225 pounds, his hand size will suit him to the cold weather in Buffalo. The comp I used before the draft was Trent Green, who started more than 100 games in the NFL. I thought Peterman might go as high as the second round in the draft, but he dropped all the way to the fifth.
They've been on a collision course for some time, and after clinching division titles, Miami and Clemson will settle things in the ACC title game.
Anthony Ratliff-Williams returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown, threw for another on a trick play and hauled in the eventual go-ahead score midway through the fourth quarter to lift North Carolina to a 34-31 over Pittsburgh on Thursday night.
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
Darrin Hall has been a boon for Pitt's run game, but the more aggressive downfield passing game may have had as big an impact...
Scott Matthews ESPN Producer
It's hammer time in Pittsburgh! Laura Rutledge talks with the Panthers about their heavy duty motivational tools before they host North Carolina (Thursday 8 ET on ESPN).
The division leaders beat their closest pursuers Saturday, moving us ever closer to the Tigers and Hurricanes meeting in the conference title game.
Dortch, Edmunds, Henderson receive ACC nods
Greg Dortch's record-breaking day helped lead the Demon Deacons to a victory over Louisville on Saturday, while Virginia Tech DB Terrell Edmunds made his impact felt in the win vs. Duke. And Quadree Henderson took a punt to the house in helping the Panthers defeat UVA to win their second straight game.