Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ACC Power Rankings: Week 4

This is how we see the ACC shaking out through four weeks. The top 3 teams remain the same this week, with the rest of the teams in the conference moving a few spots up or down. Leave your thoughts in the comments section below:

Rank (Last)TeamComments
1 (1)Wake ForestIt wasn't pretty, but Wake's 12-3 win over Florida State in Tallahassee served notice that Wake should remain the presumptive favorite for ACC champion, as well as making it clear to everyone that Florida State still has a long road ahead to get back to the position Wake currently holds in the conference.
2 (2)ClemsonThey have the talent at the skill positions to beat you bad, but the Tigers still have big questions on both the offensive and defensive lines. A test this Saturday when the Terrapins travel to Death Valley.
3 (3)Virginia TechThe Hokies continue to struggle on offense, but did just enough to erase a 17-3 deficit to pull out a win in Chapel Hill. Next Saturday should tell us a lot more about the Hokies as the have a tough non-conference road test in Nebraska.
4 (5)Georgia TechImpressive victory over SEC opponent Mississippi State. Running back Jonathan Dwyer can break the game open every time he touches the ball (see: 88 yard TD scamper).
5 (6)Boston CollegeWe remain the best team in the ACC less a starting quarterback.
6 (7)MiamiThe Canes might be good. We still don't know a lot about this team. A solid non-conference road victory at Texas A&M (although how good is a team that lost to Arkansas State at home?!), next week the Hurricanes host North Carolina. That game will tell us a lot more about where the Canes fall in the ACC Coastal pecking order.
7 (4)Florida StateD'Vontrey Richardson and Christian Ponder looked accurate in completing 5 passes to Demon Deacon defenders in Saturday's 12-3 loss to Wake Forest.
8 (9)North CarolinaThings might have been different if quarterback T.J. Yates didn't leave the game last Saturday. The impressive Thursday night road victory at Rutgers is looking less impressive as the Scarlet Knights seem to be spiraling out of control back into mediocrity with a 23-21 loss to Navy.
9 (10)DukeThe Blue Devils have one more win against FBS competition than ... the Virginia Cavaliers (see below). Duke's 252.3 passing yards per game leads the conference through 3 games.
10 (12)NC StateTheir home upset of #15 East Carolina pulls NC State out of our ACC power poll basement.
11 (8)MarylandOk, so they beat up on Eastern Michigan last Saturday. We still can't get that bad taste out of our mouth left when the Terrapins fell to now 1-3 Middle Tennessee State.
12 (11)VirginiaNo quarterback, no cry. Everything's gonna be all right! Everything's gonna be all right!


BCMike said...

Heather is going to be very upset that you're not heaping praise on her beloved Turtles. They're #3 in her fluff poll.

furrer4heisman said...

Love seeing the Terps at No. 11.

Brian said...

Good teams don't embarrass the conference by losing to Sun Belt Conference teams.