The Report Card: Week Twelve Analysis of the Power 5 Conferences
Key Wins: 5 Duke, Miami, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Wake Forest
Good Day: 4 Clemson, Florida State, North Carolina, Boston College
Key Losses: 5 Georgia Tech, Virginia, Pitt, Syracuse, NC State
Miami did not look like a top ten team most of the day, but the Hurricanes stayed unbeaten by rallying past Virginia at home. Miami (10-0) trailed by 14 points early in the third quarter before reeling off 30 unanswered points to pull out a 44-28 victory. Clemson improved to 10-1 by blasting The Citadel 61-3 in Death Valley. Like the Tigers, Florida State defeated an FCS opponent by hammering Delaware State 77-6 in Tallahassee. The Seminoles need 2 more wins to reach bowl eligibility.
Duke ended a six-game losing streak by shocking Georgia Tech 43-20 in Durham. The Blue Devils piled up 500 yards of total offense to get within one win of bowl eligibility. Virginia Tech (8-3) needed a goal-line stand on the final play of the day to hold off Pitt in Blacksburg. Cam Phillips had 117 receiving yards to help the Hokies earn the 20-14 victory. North Carolina picked up its third win of the season by beating Western Carolina 65-10 in Chapel Hill. It was the Tar Heels first win at home this year.
Wake Forest (7-4) pulled off a 30-24 upset of #19 NC State in Winston-Salem. The Demon Deacons forced 3 turnovers, and QB John Wolford threw 3 TD passes in the victory. Louisville (7-4) got another big day from Heisman winner Lamar Jackson in pounding Syracuse 56-10 at home in the rain. Jackson totaled 381 yards of offense and tallied 4 touchdowns for the Cardinals. Boston College became bowl eligible by topping UConn 39-16 at Fenway Park. AJ Dillon rushed for 200 yards and 2 TDs for the Eagles.
In the playoff conversation: Clemson, Miami
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