After months of churning out ACC football power rankings, ESPN's David Hale finally has one last set order, and Louisville ends the 2015 season right where they started it.
1. Clemson Tigers (14-0, 9-0 ACC)
Deshaun Watson and a stout defense dominated Oklahoma in the Capital One Orange Bowl, and Clemson is now on the verge of bringing the ACC its second national championship in three years. Coach Dabo Swinney has done a tremendous job with this team, and with Watson back for 2016, the future looks bright.
2. North Carolina Tar Heels (11-3, 8-1)
What started as a stellar season ended with two straight losses, including a dismal defensive performance in the Russell Athletic Bowl against shorthanded Baylor. The truth, however, is that Gene Chizik's defense overperformed all season, and he's still working on getting the personnel to fit his system. This season marked significant progress in Chapel Hill, and the Tar Heels should open 2016 as the Coastal favorites.
3. Florida State Seminoles (10-3, 6-2)
This was a talented team, but coach Jimbo Fisher never found his quarterback. That will be the big question heading into 2016 after an injuredSean Maguire struggled mightily in the Peach Bowl. With Dalvin Cook and a host of talented defensive players returning, expectations will be high again. But Fisher's crew knows it will have to contend with Watson and the Tigers to get back in the championship hunt.
4. Louisville Cardinals (8-5, 5-3)
After a revolving door at quarterback hampered Louisville all year,Lamar Jackson staked his claim to the throne in the final two games. He came on in relief of Kyle Bolin against Kentucky and ran for 186 yards and two touchdowns, then he torched Texas A&M's defense to the tune of 226 yards and two scores in the Music City Bowl. That will have Cardinals fans thinking big in 2016.
I'll take it.