This week's polls have been released. Here's how the ACC fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.
12/11. Florida State (5-1)
The Seminoles saw their BCS title hopes fade as Mike Glennon found Bryan Underwood in the end zone on fourth-and-goal with 16 seconds remaining at N.C. State in Raleigh. After jumping out to a convincing 16-0 halftime lead, the Seminoles failed to obtain a first down in the last 10 minutes of regulation. The defense forced one punt and stopped the Wolfpack on fourth down with 2:47 remaining, but the offense could only muster one yard on the ensuing possession, leaving Glennon 2:27 to orchestrate a 12-play drive to win the game. The inability to run the ball and allowing EJ Manuel to be sacked five times stand out as keys to the second-half collapse, but the Seminoles simply seemed unprepared for that kind of fight from a seemingly overmatched Wolpack squad.
16/13. Clemson (5-1)
The Tigers needed every bit of the 601 total yards of offense to avoid a home upset loss to Georgia Tech. Tajh Boyd threw for a career-high 397 yards in the 47-31 win, and Nuk Hopkins delivered another stellar performance with seven catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns. The offensive firepower kept the Tigers in the game, but Clemson's defense showed up down the stretch in a 17-0 run to pull away. Even though Georgia Tech has struggled, it has always been a difficult opponent for Clemson. Until Saturday, Georgia Tech had won five of the last six meetings in the series, including putting an end to Clemson's 8-0 start and top-five ranking a year ago in Atlanta.
Others receiving votes: N.C. State received some votes for their aforementioned upset of Florida State, and Duke -- just one win away from being bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 -- got some votes in both polls following its 42-17 beatdown of Virginia. Unfortunately, Week 6 reinforced the national belief that Florida State and Clemson are a level above everyone else, and even that level isn't national title-worthy yet.
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