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College Football Standings: Maryland Remains Half A Game Back In ACC Atlantic Division Race

Maryland's 42-23 victory over Virginia was a must in their quest to win the ACC Atlantic Division, but it didn't put them in first place just yet. Thanks to a miracle game-winning field goal by Dustin Keller, the Florida State Seminoles remain in first place in the ACC Atlantic Division with a 5-2 record. Maryland's win pushes them to 4-2, while North Carolina State also moved to 4-2 with a 38-3 win over Wake Forest. Clemson, meanwhile, is out of the race after losing to Florida State. 

So that lessens the many possible ways the Atlantic Division could shake out. With two weeks left in the season, Patrick Stevens of D1Scourse broke down all the possibilities here. Here's how it will work:

  • If Maryland beats both Florida State and N.C. State, they will win the division with a 6-2 record. Florida State and N.C. State would be 5-3, or 4-4 if N.C. State loses to North Carolina next weekend.
  • If Maryland beats Florida State, but loses to N.C. State, the Wolfpack will win the division. If N.C. State also beats North Carolina next weekend, the Wolfpack will be 6-2, with Maryland and Florida State at 5-3. If N.C. State loses to North Carolina, but beats Maryland, they will still win the division because they will have head-to-head wins over both Florida State and Maryland.
  • If Florida State beats Maryland, they will win the division UNLESS N.C. State beats both North Carolina and Maryland. If that happens, N.C. State and Florida State will both be 6-2, but N.C. State owns the tiebreaker with its head-to-head win. If N.C. State only wins one of its final two games, they will be 5-3 and a game behind Florida State.