ACC Football Power Rankings: Week 3


Check out the week three ACC Football Power Rankings. The Clemson Tigers lead the conference, but check out where the rest of the teams are placed.

After Week 2, The Clemson Tigers still are the top-placed team in the ACC Power Rankings, but the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are making a run. Let’s take a look at the ACC Power Rankings for Week 3 and see what is in store for these teams this weekend.

1. Clemson Tigers (2-0)

Reason: The Clemson Tigers started off our ACC Football Power Rankings ranked number one and have continued to impress after week two. The Tigers will have a tougher test against Louisville this week, but overall, Clemson has looked to be the best team in the conference at this point.

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2. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-0)

Reason: Georgia Tech has completely blasted their past two opponents and are vying for the top spot in the ACC. They have looked dominant on both sides of the ball and I haven’t seen much of a drop off from last year’s squad, which was the hottest team to end the College Football season. The Yellow Jackets travel up to South Bend to take on Notre Dame this weekend in a colossal match up. It will be interesting to see how they respond and if they can come away with the win.

3. Florida State Seminoles (2-0)

Reason: Florida State drops a spot after struggling for a few quarters against South Florida. The Seminoles still came away with the win, but if you take Dalvin Cook out of the lineup, Florida State is 1-1. The passing game has to get better and Everett Golson needs to do a better job finding his receivers. He had a great week one, but this week not so good.

4. N.C. State Wolfpack (2-0)

Reason: N.C. State moves into the number-four spot because of Louisville’s loss. The Wolfpack still looked impressive against their mid-major opponents. Jacoby Brissett is getting better and better and Matthew Dayes has been a 100-yard rusher both weeks to begin the season. I expect the Wolfpack to be ranked when Clemson plays them in late-October.

5. Duke Blue Devils (2-0)

Reason: Two words: Thomas Sirk. He has looked impressive throwing and rushing the ball and will continue to get better as the season progresses.

6. Miami Hurricanes (2-0)

Reason: Miami had to put up with Florida Atlantic for a half before they began to pull away in the second half. Overall, the Hurricanes have found a way to win their games and are sixth in the ACC Football Power Rankings.

7. Boston College Eagles (2-0)

Reason: Did you see the Boston College game Saturday? I know its a FCS team, but they beat Howard 76-0. The game was so bad that both teams decided to play 10 minute quarters in the second half. It’s hard to truly know how good the Eagles are at this point, but I think we get a better idea when they host Florida State Friday night.

8. Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1)

Reason: Virginia Tech was able to get an easy win this weekend after the Ohio State thrashing a week ago. In my opinion, the Hokies are better than eighth and will continue to move up the ACC Football Power Rankings. Look for some good wins from the Hokies in the next few weeks.

9. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0)

Reason: The Panthers are now 2-0 and even looked good defensively this past weekend. I’m not sure I buy into Pitt yet, but let them win a few more games and they’ll move up the list.

10 (tie). Louisville Cardinals (0-2)

Reason: I know most people wouldn’t have Louisville this high, but I still believe the Cardinals are better than their loss to Houston shows. I think Louisville will show up this week and give Clemson a game. The Cardinals can still have a good season, they just have to put that horrifying week behind them.

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10 (tie). North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1)

Reason: The Tar Heels stay at number-10 despite a win this week. After the loss to South Carolina, who turned around and lost to Kentucky at home, it just shows how much North Carolina left out on the field. That loss still haunts them this week in the ACC Football Power Rankings.

11. Syracuse Orange (2-0)

Reason: Syracuse picked up their first, and possibly only ACC win of the season when they defeated Wake Forest Saturday. They are now 2-0 on the season and may even get bowl eligible, but it’s going to take a lot of improvement before the Orange crack the top-10.

13. Virginia Cavaliers (0-2)

Reason: Virginia was so close to pulling off the upset, but fell short. After two weeks, the Cavaliers are now 0-2 with losses to UCLA and Notre Dame. There are reasons for optimism as Virginia almost beat Notre Dame, but overall this still looks to be a dismal season for Cavalier nation.

14. Wake Forest (1-1)

Reason: Wake Forest actually looks to be improved from last year. They played with Syracuse for the majority of the game, but committed three turnovers in their loss. The Demon Deacons will have to try and rebound with a trip to Army, but don’t expect big things out of Winston Salem this season.

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