ACC/Big Ten Challenge 2013: ACC Promotion & Relegation, Week Of February 25


For the right to play Penn State in the 2013 ACC/Big Ten Challenge for the third straight year.

Three weeks to go. Here's the latest installment of 2013 ACC/Big Ten Challenge promotion & relegation. Confused? Go here.

RPI Rankings from as of Feb. 25.

Rank Prev RPI Prev Program Record This Week
1 1 1 1 Duke Blue Devils 24-3 @ Virginia (2/28), Miami (3/2)
2 2 2 2 Miami Hurricanes 22-4 Virginia Tech (2/27), @ Duke (3/2)
3 3 12 9 Syracuse Orange 22-6 Louisville (3/2)
4 5 22 30 North Carolina Tar Heels 19-8 @ Clemson (2/28), Florida State (3/3)
5 4 24 22 N.C. State Wolfpack 19-8 Boston College (2/27), @ Georgia Tech (3/3)
6 6 40 32 Pittsburgh Panthers 21-7 South Florida (2/27), Villanova (3/3)
7 7 66 62 Maryland Terrapins 19-8 @ Georgia Tech (2/27), @ Wake Forest (3/2)
8 9 73 79 Virginia Cavaliers 19-8 Duke (2/28), @ Boston College (3/3)
9 8 78 65 Florida St. Seminoles 14-13 Wake Forest (2/26), @ North Carolina (3/3)
10 12 136 149 Boston College Eagles 12-15 @ N.C. State (2/27), Virginia (3/3)
11 10 140 128 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 14-12 Maryland (2/27), N.C. State (3/3)
12 13 147 158 Wake Forest Demon Deacons 12-14 @ Florida State (2/26), Maryland (3/2)
13 11 148 137 Clemson Tigers 13-13 North Carolina (2/28), @ Virginia Tech (3/2)
CUT LINE --- ---
14 14 171 167 Virginia Tech Hokies 12-15 @ Miami (2/27), Clemson (3/2)

Though BC was more or less non-competitive with Duke on Sunday, the Eagles are up two spots this week to #10 in the latest RPI. The Eagles jump both Georgia Tech (0-2 with losses to North Carolina and Virginia) and Clemson (0-1 with a loss to Maryland). Wake Forest also jumps the Tigers to land in the 12th spot this week on the strength of a victory over a Miami team previously undefeated in conference play.

In addition to the shake up in the standings at the bottom, North Carolina and N.C. State swap spots at the 4-5, while Virginia and Florida State trade spots at the 8-9.

It's pretty clear this has become a five team race to the bottom with BC, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Clemson and Virginia Tech battling to avoid finishing last in RPI in the conference. At #10, the Eagles are nearly 60 spots lower than 14-13 Florida State in the rankings. Despite a victory over Florida State on Sunday, the Hokies need to make up a good deal of ground if they hope to catch that pack of fours teams.

Big 2013 ACC/Big Ten Challenge promotion & relegation game this Saturday as the Hokies host Clemson at 8 PM.

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