Mark Schlabach (ESPN) – Miami vs. Louisville
Brad Edwards (ESPN) – Georgia Tech vs. Louisville
Scout.com/CollegeFootballNews.com – Georgia Tech vs. Louisville
Jerry Palm – Miami vs. Louisville
ESPN ACC – Georgia Tech
SB Nation– Miami vs. Louisville
Athlon Sports– Miami vs. Louisville
Sporting News– Georgia Tech vs. Louisville
Orlando Sentinel– Virginia Tech vs. Louisville
Stewart Mandel/SI– Miami vs. Louisville
USA Today– Clemson vs. Louisville
A minor shake up has occurred in the projections this week thanks to the reemergence of Georgia Tech as a potential Russell Athletic Bowl selection. Louisville and Miami remain the favorites, with Clemson and Virginia Tech falling in popularity this week.
Georgia Tech (6-3, 5-2 ACC) makes its first appearance in a projection in a month and a half thanks to its current three game winning streak. The Yellow Jackets’ most recent victory was a 21-10 decision over Pittsburgh. The top rushing team in the ACC ran for 276 yards and picked up all three of its touchdowns on the ground. Georgia Tech has the weekend off before a Thursday night battle at Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC).
Miami (7-1, 3-1 ACC), despite falling 41-14 to Florida State, remains the favorite to represent the ACC in Orlando this year. The Hurricanes lost more than just the game in Tallahassee as leading rusher Duke Johnson, who rushed for 97 yards in the loss, broke his ankle and will miss the remainder of the season. Miami returns home this weekend to face Virginia Tech in a must win game for the Coastal Division.
Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2 ACC) remains in the projections despite dropping its second straight ACC game. The Hokies gave up 27 second half points including 17 in the fourth quarter of the 34-27 loss to Boston College. Senior quarterback Logan Thomas threw for 391 yards but also turned the ball over four times in the loss.
Clemson (8-1, 6-1 ACC) makes its third consecutive week in at least one projection. The Tigers have rebounded from a tough loss to Florida State with two straight convincing wins over Maryland and Virginia, 40-27 and 59-10 respectively. Clemson has the weekend off before welcoming Georgia Tech next Thursday for its final conference game of the season.
Despite being idle this past weekend, Louisville (7-1, 3-1 American Athletic) remains the only team from the American Athletic Conference to appear in any projection. The Cardinals currently sit behind Houston and UCF midway through the American Athletic Conference schedule. Louisville hits the road to take on Connecticut (0-7-0-3 American Athletic) this weekend, who is one of just five teams in the FBS that are winless on the year.