The third edition of the 2023 College Football Playoff Rankings was announced Tuesday night and just like last week and for the second straight week, the ACC had three teams in the Top 25.
Last week, Florida State, Louisville, and North Carolina were all ranked and all three won this past weekend and all remained in the rankings. There was a shake-up at the top with Georgia leap-frogging Ohio State for the top after rolling over Mississippi last Saturday.
Three ACC teams remain in College Football Playoff Rankings
Florida State remained at No. 4 in the poll after beating Miami, 27-20, at home and they are already in the ACC Championship game on Dec. 2 in Charlotte. Their likely opponent, Louisville, was ranked No. 10 after surviving a scare last week at home and the University of Virginia, 31-24, in a game where they had to rally in the second half against the tough Cavaliers. A win this Saturday by the Cardinals at Miami and they officially clinch their spot against the Seminoles in a couple of weeks.
North Carolina was ranked No. 20 this week after they won the wildest game of the weekend in double overtime, 47-45, over Duke at home. They moved up four spots following their win over the Blue Devils.
Virginia Tech‘s two losses this season on conference play were Florida State and Louisville and they will see arguably the third-best team in the ACC this weekend when North Carolina State comes to Blacksburg Saturday afternoon for a 3:30 kick-off at Lane Stadium.
As I stated last week, the ACC’s best and likely only team that can make the four-team College Football Playoffs is Florida State. Louisville’s loss to Pittsburgh would keep them on the outside looking in should they upset the Seminoles in the championship game.
They would also need most of the current undefeated teams to drop a game, as well a most of the one-loss teams to lose at least one more game, while running the table against Miami and Kentucky in their final two regular-season games.