The possibility of a seven-way tie at 4-4 in the ACC's Coastal Division, potentially with every team 3-3 within the division, remains alive no matter what happens this weekend, but it's almost certainly going to be on life support.
Instead of Coastal Chaos, we're headed for Coastal Clarity.
With Duke traveling to Pittsburgh, North Carolina at Miami and Georgia Tech hosting Virginia, we'll know a lot more about contenders and pretenders by the time this week is over.
A Duke win would put the Blue Devils - already holding tiebreakers over Georgia Tech and Virginia - in comfortable command at 3-1, well on their way to defending their division title with one road game left (at Syracuse) and three home games to close out the season against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest. That trio has a combined record of 3-8 on the road.
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North Carolina, meanwhile, will find out whether another turnaround is at hand. Miami has underachieved - a difficult schedule has played into that - but if the Tar Heels are serious about finishing above .500 this is a big one. The loser of this game is going to end up with three ACC losses and an uphill battle to remain in contention.
Coming off last week's win at Virginia, the Tar Heels still have a shot, and a win over the Hurricanes could potentially inject new meaning into the Thursday night game at Duke on Nov. 20. Before the season, that looked like a potential title-decider. It still could be.
Then there are the Cavaliers, poster children for bad late-game clock management to the benefit of Duke and North Carolina. They still get reeling Virginia Tech (on the road), but this is essentially an elimination game for Virginia and Georgia Tech, practically if not mathematically.
Whichever team wins, it'll leave one less team to worry about in the division race.
Nationally, some clarity arrived this week in the form of the College Football Playoff committee's inaugural rankings. The idea of ranking teams with so much football yet to be played is pure folly, and in future years hopefully this is an idea that the committee abandons as its selection criteria becomes more defined, but the first set did offer some insight into the committee's thinking.
Two points stood out: 1. The committee is buying what the SEC is selling. Not particularly earthshaking, but good to know. The human process apparently spits out SEC teams the same way the polls and computer systems did. Whether that's good or bad is open for debate, but it's important information going forward.
And 2. Strength of schedule matters. A lot. The committee completely ignored undefeated Marshall and its path-of-least-resistance schedule while putting East Carolina in its top 25. That puts the Pirates in pole position for the Peach Bowl, their most likely destination if they're the team from outside the power conferences invited to join the CFP party, but it also puts pressure on them to win with slightly more panache than they did last Thursday against woeful Connecticut.
Colorado State wasn't ranked but can't be too far behind East Carolina, and the margin of error for the Pirates is slim. For better or worse, perception counts. Those wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina - and even the loss at South Carolina - aren't quite as impressive as they were at the time.
That CFP bid is still out there for the Pirates, but there's considerable work left to do to lock it down. A resounding win at Temple on Saturday would go a long way toward some clarity in that department.