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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The latest conference power rankings

By Andrea Adelson

With the season winding down to a close, it seems pretty clear the ACC will finish up as the No. 5 league in the ESPN Stats & Information conference power rankings.

There is really not much of an argument to be made for the league to be rated any higher. While Florida State and Clemson have represented the league well, nobody else has been ranked since Virginia Tech dropped out of the Top 25 in September. The last time the ACC finished the year with only two ranked teams in the final AP Top 25 was 1999 -- No. 1 Florida State and No. 20 Georgia Tech.

Plus, the ACC is in serious danger of failing to fill at least three of its bowl spots, with Miami joining North Carolina on the sideline because of postseason bans.

There is a nightmare scenario of only having five teams bowl eligible this year. The last time that happened was in 2000, when the ACC had yet to expand to 12 teams. In the 12-team format, the fewest number of bowl teams the ACC has had was seven, back in 2009.

And which conference is ranked directly ahead of the ACC? That would be the Big Ten. Yeah, that does not add insult to injury this week.