Atlantic Coast Conference Football Power Poll – October 10, 2013


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It’s our second week of the ACC football power poll – and as we head into Week 7, we see some teams that are separating themselves from the rest of the conference.  From our mile high view, we see two great teams (Florida State and Clemson) and to good teams (Virginia Tech and Miami) – and then we kind of see the rest of the conference.

Without further ado, here’s our poll:

  1. Clemson – The best team in the conference right now – and that Georgia win is looking better every week – especially with the Dawgs wins vs. South Carolina and LSU.  Of course, we’re all looking forward to October 19, 2013 – that’s when the ACC takes center stage when the Tigers take on Florida State.

  1. Florida State – Out with E.J. Manuel – and it appears that the Seminoles actually got an upgrade at the QB position in Jameis Winston.

  1. Miami – Miami is narrowly ahead of Virginia Tech, but the Canes should not have had to comeback in the 4th quarter as our friend @STH_Hokie said on the site podcast earlier this week.  The winner of the Canes and the Hokies (we we look at next in this poll) will likely represent the Coastal Division in the ACC championship.

  1. Virginia Tech – Virginia Tech’s defense has the ACC’s best defense – and the 5th ranked defense in the country.  The offense got much better last week – I was at the game vs. UNC and Logan Thomas had a great game.  He finished with 19 completions in 28 attempts, including 293 yards and three touchdowns.  If the Virfginia Tech offense gets better from week to week – and there’s been a progression – it got better from Marshall, to Georgia Tech, to UNC – then Vthe Hokies could take over that three spot from Miami.

  1. Georgia Tech – The Wramblin’ Wreck gave Miami a terrific game – they just couldn’t close it on defense – but we think the Jackets have done enough to move up to the 5th spot our poll.

  1. Pittsburgh – Paul Chryst has two terrific young WRs – a mammoth offensive line – and a better than average defense – right now, the Panthers are playing better football than half of the teams in the ACC – and haven’t had any big derps.

  1. Maryland – Maryland got their (insert adjective and noun here) handed to them by Florida State – I guess those games vs. Florida International University and UConn don’t prepare you to play ACC teams.  To be fair, we knew Maryland wasn’t going to defeat FSU – we don’t think they are as bad as they looked vs. the Noles – but they also aren’t as good as we thought, either.

  1. NC State – Losing to Wake Forest is just “that Wolfpack thang.”  #NCStateSheeeeet

  1. Duke – If Duke wins this week vs. Navy (which we think they will), the Devils are two wins from a second year of “bowling.”  Think about that for a minute – let that sink in.  Virginia, NC State, Wake Forest, and North Carolina are still on Duke’s schedule – they can win two of those.  Early, but maybe start thinking about December hotel rooms in Annapolis, Blue Devil fans.

  1. Wake Forest – We’ve learned before that we shouldn’t write off the Demon Deacons as Jim Grobe is too good of a coach.  Wake picked up a big win vs. NC State this last week.  Wake and Duke might be fighting for the Military Bowl in Washington, DC.

  1. Boston College – BC is going to take their lumps this year (first year of a new head coach, after all), but the Eagles were competitive for a half vs. FSU – and now play Clemson this week – I think that’s a game that will be closer than the experts think in the first half.

  1. Syracuse – The Orange need to improve their passing defense (ranked #102 in passing yards allowed) if they want to get a couple of more W’s in the column.

  1. North Carolina – The Tar Heels are 1-4 right now – and sticking with our theme on defense – well – UNC has none.  UNC has games vs. Miami, Boston College, NC State, Virginia, Pittsburgh, Old Dominion, and Duke.  We believe that the Tar Heels will lose to Miami next week on Thursday night football.  This means UNC would have to win 5 of 6 games even to make a bowl (and you know the triangle ACC teams – and Wake would love to send the Tar Heels home for the holidays).  We don’t think that happens.  Barring a miracle, UNC will be staying at home this year – Larry Fedora was winning with Butch Davis’ recruits last year – and it will be interesting going forward how he does with his own players.

  1. Virginia – Mike London is a nice guy – Mike London is a poor on-the-field technician.

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