No. 9 Florida State (10-2), the ACC team that beat Florida last weekend, joins Clemson and North Carolina in the top 10 but has no real playoff hope. The Tar Heels do, even though they are ranked behind three two-loss teams, including No. 7 Stanford — set to play in the Pac-12 championship game against USC on Saturday (7:45 ET, ESPN).

North Carolina would need significant help to make the playoff, not to mention a victory over the favored (and unbeaten) Tigers. Clemson won the teams’ meeting last year 50-35.

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