If Clemson loses to North Carolina in the ACC title game, does it still have a shot at making the playoff? David Hale explores in the ACC mailbag.
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A path to the College Football Playoff is not a simple one for the Tar Heels despite their 10-1 record.
Even though Florida has struggled recently, their defensive talent should have Florida State on upset watch. Louisville is another team on notice.
Thanksgiving week: time for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. And college football, too! For many teams, it'll be their last game of the year.
The College Football Playoff committee has resisted ranking Pittsburgh, and that decision is hindering No. 14 North Carolina's rise in the rankings.
Two more wins would likely secure a playoff bid for Clemson, and No. 14 North Carolina is rolling but has a lot of ground to make up in the rankings.
A North Carolina team that beats Clemson and wins out to take the ACC would have a strong case for the College Football Playoff.
It still looks as if it is Clemson or bust for the ACC. There's too much CFP ground for UNC to make up. Even a win over the Tigers will not be enough.
CFP Rankings: Nos. 11 - 15
In the latest playoff rankings, Oklahoma State and Florida both tumble out of the top 10. Florida State, North Carolina and Navy move up to crack the top 15.
CFP rankings: 11-15
- 11. Oklahoma State
- 12. Florida
- 13. Florida State
- 14. North Carolina
- 15. Navy
David M. Hale ESPN Staff Writer
North Carolina jumps 3 more spots, up from 17 to 14 in the latest committee poll. Florida and Florida State, who play this week, are immediately ahead of the Tar Heels. Three two-loss teams continue to rank ahead of UNC, too.
Andrea Adelson ESPN Staff Writer
The ACC championship game between Clemson and North Carolina is sold out, marking the game's first sellout since 2011. Interest in the game is obviously high. No. 1 Clemson will try to secure its spot in the College Football Playoff while No. 17 North Carolina clings to slim playoff chances of its own. Plus, both schools are driving distance from Charlotte and Bank of America Stadium.
Worst case scenarios for committee
The College Football Playoff selection committee should hope none of these things happen over the next two weeks.
Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson is on a roll, BC's defense isn't letting anyone run on them, and much more from across the league.
UNC must adapt schedule in playoff era
The "Go on and schedule two FCS teams, no one will notice" plan may not work out for North Carolina, but the Tar Heels aren't alone. Many teams are still trying to figure out their scheduling approach in the playoff era. McGee: Flipping the Field
Did a three-point win on the road in an emotion-filled environment, in a game they led by 14 late, really hurt UNC's playoff hopes? Really?
Did Tar Heels rise in Power Rankings?
North Carolina played in a tough environment and won its 10th straight. Was it enough for the Tar Heels to move into the top 10 of ESPN's poll? Power Rankings
Tar Heels still a long shot after big win
North Carolina spoiled Frank Beamer's final game in Blacksburg to win its 10th straight. However, even a victory over Clemson might not be enough. The Citadel's win certainly didn't help. Dinich: Who impressed in Week 12?
Division champions Clemson and North Carolina lead our ACC power rankings.
The Week 12 ACC helmet stickers were defensive, as three conference defenders from Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Boston College were honored.
Jared Shanker ESPN Staff Writer
North Carolina has evolved a lot this year, and we'll learn a little bit more about whether the Tar Heels are ready for the spotlight next week. With the Coastal locked up and No. 1 Clemson in two weeks, will the Tar Heels be able to focus on NC State this coming week? The Wolfpack embarrassed UNC last year after the Heels were coming off a high from a win over Duke.
North Carolina @ NC State Wolfpack
Carter-Finley Stadium - Sat 11/28