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ACC Week 14 Awards and Power Rankings

Jameis Winston

Jameis Winston

The ACC went 1-3 against its SEC rivals, but Florida State’s win over Florida puts the Seminoles in position to play for the national championship with a victory in the ACC title game next Saturday.

Duke’s surprising season continued with a 27-25 victory over North Carolina, which sends the Blue Devils to Charlotte for the ACC Championship next week. This is the first time Duke will play in the ACC title game.

Virginia and NC State finished 2013 winless in ACC play, while Syracuse scored a touchdown in the final seconds to beat Boston College and earn bowl eligibility in Scott Shafer’s first season.

Clemson lost to South Carolina for the fifth consecutive season, but the Tigers are still in good shape to play in a BCS bowl.

ACC Week 14 Awards and Recap

Offensive Player of the Week: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Florida’s secondary was the best defensive backfield Florida State faced in 2013, but the Seminoles had no trouble moving the ball through the air. Benjamin was the top performer in Florida State’s 37-7 victory, catching nine passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns. Benjamin’s 212 yards were a career high, while his three touchdown receptions marked the second consecutive game of more than one score. The sophomore also averaged 23.6 yards per reception against the Gators.

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Defensive Player of the Week: Jeremiah Attaochu, DE, Georgia Tech
Attaochu earns defensive player of the week honors in a losing effort, but the senior turned in one of his best performances of the season against rival Georgia. Attaochu dominated the line of scrimmage, recording eight tackles (four for a loss) and four sacks. The senior also broke up one pass. The Bulldogs still averaged six yards per play and rallied to win 41-34 in overtime, but Attaochu was nearly unblockable for Georgia’s offensive line on Saturday night.

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Team of the Week: Duke
A historic season for Duke continued on Saturday, as the Blue Devils defeated rival North Carolina 27-25 to claim its first Coastal Division championship. Despite having a better record than its in-state rival, Duke was an underdog for Saturday’s matchup in Chapel Hill. But the Blue Devils made timely plays to seal the victory, including two by DeVon Edwards. With Duke trailing 15-10 late in the first half, Edwards took a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, and the freshman intercepted a pass with less than a minute to go to clinch the Coastal Division. The Blue Devils’ offense averaged 5.6 yards per play, with quarterback Anthony Boone completing 23 of 34 throws for 274 yards and two scores. With the victory over North Carolina, Duke earned its 10th victory of the season, which is the first time in school history it reached the double-digit plateau. The Blue Devils also finished the regular season with an unbeaten record on the road (5-0) and extended their winning streak to eight games.

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Coordinator of the Week: George McDonald, Syracuse
McDonald has experienced his share of ups and downs in his first year as Syracuse’s play-caller. However, Saturday’s win over Boston College was arguably the best game McDonald called in ACC play. The Orange recorded a season-high 480 yards against the Eagles, averaging 5.1 yards per play on 94 attempts. Syracuse’s run-first offense found success against Boston College (210 yards), but quarterback Terrel Hunt provided much-needed balance by throwing for 270. With the Orange trailing 31-27 late in the fourth quarter, McDonald’s play-calling was at its best on the final drive. Syracuse never reached third down on the eight-play drive, with Hunt finding Josh Parris on a well-designed play for an eight-yard touchdown with six seconds left.

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Freshman of the Week: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
Even though Florida entered Saturday’s game with a disappointing 4-7 record, its defense was still one of the best in the SEC. While the Gators’ defense managed to hold Florida State’s offense under 40 points for the first time this season, it wasn’t enough to threaten the Seminoles’ unbeaten record. Winston was intercepted on his fifth pass, but the freshman rallied with a strong effort, finishing 19 of 31 for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Winston’s 327 yards was the most since throwing for 444 yards and three touchdowns in a 51-14 win over Clemson. And the 61.3 completion mark in Saturday’s game was Winston’s 10th over 60 percent this season. If Winston has another strong performance against Duke in next week’s ACC Championship, the freshman should be a heavy favorite to win the Heisman on Dec. 14.

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ACC Post-Week 14 Power Rankings




This Week

Last Week


12-0, 8-0

W, Florida 37-7



10-2, 7-1

L, South Carolina 31-17

Regular season finished


10-2, 6-2

W, North Carolina 27-25

Florida State


8-4, 5-3

W, Virginia 16-6

Regular season finished


9-3, 5-3

W, Pittsburgh 41-31

Regular season finished


7-5, 5-3

L, Georgia 41-34

Regular season finished


6-6, 4-4

L, Duke 27-25

Regular season finished


7-5, 4-4

L, Syracuse 34-31

Regular season finished


6-6, 3-5

L, Miami 41-31

Regular season finished


6-6, 4-4

W, Boston College 34-31

Regular season finished


7-5, 3-5

W, NC State 41-21

Regular season finished


4-8, 2-6

L, Vanderbilt 23-21

Regular season finished


3-8, 0-8

L, Maryland 41-21

Regular season finished


2-10, 0-8

L, Virginia Tech 16-6

Regular season finished