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ACC Week 7 power rankings: Clemson still on top

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Clemson's path to the playoff similar to last season's

Heather Dinich says Clemson's loss to Pitt last season is similar to Friday's defeat against Syracuse and that the Tigers need to run the table to be in consideration for the College Football Playoff.

Even though Clemson lost, there isn't too much movement after Week 7.

1. Clemson Tigers (6-1, 4-1). Clemson was outcoached and outplayed in an upset loss to Syracuse, but the Tigers remain the best team in the league. For now.

2. Miami Hurricanes (5-0, 3-0). Miami needed a fourth-quarter comeback to win two weeks in a row. Take a bow, as the only undefeated ACC team left.

3. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-1, 1-1). The Hokies got to rest up on a bye before hosting North Carolina.

4. NC State Wolfpack (6-1, 4-0). The Wolfpack are off to their best start since 2002 and are the only team that controls their destiny in the ACC Atlantic.

5a. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-2, 2-1). You have to feel for the Jackets -- both of their losses were by one point.

5b Lamar Jackson. We have made an exception this week to note Lamar Jackson's super human performance on a team that has done little to help. Jackson had 512 yards and five touchdowns against Boston College ... and lost.

6.Florida State Seminoles (2-3, 2-2). The Seminoles aren't lighting up the scoreboard, but they still have never lost to Duke.

7. Virginia Cavaliers (5-1, 2-0). Virginia held on to beat North Carolina and is now one win away from bowl eligibility, a year after going 2-10.

8. Syracuse Orange (4-3, 2-1). Dino Babers put together a coaching masterpiece in the Orange's upset win over Clemson, ranked among the biggest in school history.

9. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-2, 1-2). Wake Forest had a bye week to prepare for a tough challenge against Georgia Tech.

10. Duke Blue Devils (4-3, 1-3). Duke has lost three straight after starting 4-0 as its passing game has stalled.

11. Boston College Eagles (3-4, 1-3). AJ Dillon put on a clinic against Louisville, with 272 yards rushing and perhaps the best stiff-arm you will ever see.

12. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-5, 0-3). Pitt played NC State tough in the first half, but its defense could not slow down Nyheim Hines.

13. Louisville Cardinals (4-3, 1-3). The Cards have far too much talent to underachieve this much.

14. North Carolina Tar Heels (1-6, 0-4). The Tar Heels are 0-4 in the ACC for the first time since 2006.