ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 2


The first week of the football season has come and we were left with some questions in the conference. Here are the ACC Football Power Rankings for week 2.

The ACC beat the teams they were supposed to beat and lost to the teams they were supposed to lose to. There were several huge wins against mediocre teams, but no marquee win against a Power-5 conference opponent. Here are the ACC Football Power Rankings for week two. Keep in mind that the season has just started, so if you are hoping for the conference to prove its strength, it still has plenty of time to pick up some big wins outside of conference as the season progresses.

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Here are the week 2 ACC Football Power Rankings:

1. Clemson Tigers (1-0)

Reason: The Tigers looked impressive in their week one victory over Wofford. They beat the Terriers by a score of 49-10 and kept their number spot from a week ago.

2. Florida State Seminoles (1-0)

Reason: The Seminoles stay number two after they defeated Texas State 59-16 Saturday. Florida State’s defense looks really good and Everett Golson did a great job in his first start down in Tallahassee.

3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0)

Reason: Georgia Tech made a push for the number two spot on this list when they beat Alcorn State 69-6. This was an impressive game for both sides of the ball for the Yellow Jackets and they proved that they will be able to compete with the best this season.

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4. Louisville Cardinals (0-1)

Reason: Louisville did not drop despite losing to Auburn this weekend. The Cardinals proved to be a legitimate football team as they only lost by a touchdown to the Tigers. Louisville is going to be a force to be reckoned with over the course of this season and that opening loss will not hurt their rankings.

5. NC State Wolfpack (1-0)

Reason: NC State moves into the top-five via a Virginia Tech and North Carolina loss. They defeated Troy 49-21 Saturday and will have a chance to prove they deserve their ranking with some wins in the coming weeks.

6. Miami Hurricanes  (1-0)

Reason: Miami also moves up via some losses. The Hurricanes beat Bethune-Cookman Saturday in shutout fashion. It’s impressive whenever a defense holds any team scoreless and that’s why they move into the sixth spot.

7. Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1)

Reason: The Hokies valiantly fought the number-one team in the nation Monday night. They led at halftime before some costly turnovers and mistakes cost them the game. They ended up falling to the Buckeyes by a score of 42-24, but the Hokies will have a chance to contend this season in the ACC.

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  • 8. Duke Blue Devils (1-0)

    Reason: Duke moves up one spot after they beat Tulane 37-7 Thursday night. The Blue Devils looked impressive in that victory and they will have a chance to prove they deserve to be higher in the coming weeks.

    9. Boston College Eagles (1-0)

    Reason: Boston College defeated Maine Saturday 24-3. The Eagles will again be a “grind it out” offense and a solid defensive team.

    10. North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1)

    Reason: The Tar Heels lost to South Carolina Thursday night in an ugly game. The reason they fall so far in this week’s poll? Coaching. Larry Fedora may be one of the dumbest coaches in college football. The Tar Heels were clearly the better team, but he tells Marquise Williams not to run the ball (his strength) and his best player (Elijah Hood) sat the bench for the majority of the game and for the last offensive drive of the game. North Carolina should have beaten the Gamecocks easily, but coaching cost them.

    11. Syracuse Orange (1-0)

    Reason: Syracuse beat URI 47-0 Friday night. I’m not sure what that means for this season, but it was impressive their defense held the opponent scoreless.

    12. Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0)

    Reason: Pittsburgh struggled to beat Youngstown State this Saturday. The Panthers ended up winning by a score of 45-37 and that creates concern for Pittsburgh fans.

    13. Virginia Cavaliers (0-1)

    Reason: The Cavaliers got man-handled by UCLA Saturday. They didn’t even make it look close. I know it was on the road, but Virginia did not look good and as a result, they drop to number 13 on the list.

    14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0)

    Reason: The Demon Deacons did nothing to deserve the bottom spot in the ACC this week. They beat Elon by a score of 41-3 Thursday night, I just can’t buy that the Demon Deacons are a legitimate football team this season. Win a couple more games and then you will move up.

    So, that’s week one’s ACC Football Power Rankings. What’s your thoughts Tiger fans? Where would you have the teams ranked after this week?

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