Coming into the season, pretty much everyone knew that this ACC season was going to be crazy. But not this crazy:
|Florida State (24)||3-2||6-2|
|North Carolina State||0-4||2-6|
|Georgia Tech (22)||4-2||7-2|
|North Carolina (19)||2-2||6-2|
Four teams are currently bowl eligible (North Carolina, Maryland, Georgia Tech and Miami), Five more are one game away from bowl eligibility (Florida State, Boston College, Wake Forest, Virginia, and Virginia Tech), and two more have a .500 record (Clemson, Duke). Only NC State as a losing record, and even the Wolfpack have been competitive in their last three losses. No one has been formally eliminated from bowl contention, and only two teams (NC State and Clemson, because the Tigers played two FCS teams) need a record above .500 to achieve qualification.
Are you wondering how every ACC Team can become bowl eligible? Sure you are. Here are the scenarios that must happen. A number is placed in parentheses as another team becomes bowl eligible. ACC geams not mentioned are fairly irrelevant towards the goal of bowl eligibility.
Week 11 (Nov. 6th/8th):
NC State beats Duke
Boston College beats Notre Dame (5)
Virginia beats Wake Forest (6)
Clemson beats Duke
NC State beats Wake Forest
Florida State beats Boston College (7)
Clemson beats Virginia
NC State beats North Carolina
Duke beats Virginia Tech
Clemson beats South Carolina (8)
Duke beats North Carolina (9)
NC State beats Miami (10)
Virginia Tech beats Virginia (11)
Wake Forest beats Vanderbilt (12)
Everyone would have a recored of 6-6 or better, but no one Maryland would escape with fewer than four losses. This scenario is a tad far-fetched. But in the bizarro conference that is the ACC, it’s impossible to dismiss.