I didn’t watch much live football because I was raising money for Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center. However, as a dedicated member of the All Sports Discussion team (and possibly a masochist), I have taken the steps to research and review what I missed to provide you another edition of the Power Rankings you’ve come to know and tolerate. The Atlantic Coast Conference waits for no man.
1 – Florida State: Even in an idle week, Florida State can’t stay out of the news. Running back Karlos Williams is now facing allegations of domestic battery and involvement in a drug deal robbery. Ugh. Will the probe be dropped now?
2 – Duke: Meanwhile, Duke did the absolute best thing it could do last week, which was nothing. Watch the COASTAL CHAOS from afar and bask in the glow of the Saturday television.
3 – Clemson: The Tigers’ defense shut down the otherwise-impressive freshman quarterback AJ Long, picking up another win in the absence of Deshaun Watson. Hopefully, the upcoming bye week means Watson will only miss one more game (at Wake Forest), and whispers are swirling he might even return for that one. Whenever it is, it won’t be soon enough.
4 – Louisville: The Cardinals are getting ready to host the Seminole Circus on Thursday night, which should be really fun narrative theater, if nothing else. I’m sure all reactions to the outcome will be reasonable and level-headed.
5 – Miami: I strongly considered drawing names out of a hat for positions 5-11. Instead, I just decided to list the teams that won this week, then the teams that lost this week. Anything else will just anger me when I have to rearrange it next week. Go Canes!
6 – North Carolina: I wish somebody had told me about the paper classes while I was at UNC. I’m sure I can produce 15 pages, double-spaced, of snarky ACC power rankings. Instead, I took legitimate courses like Introduction to Country Music. What do you know about David Allen Coe?!?!
7- Georgia Tech: As far as really bad ideas go, spotting the Yellow Jackets a 28-0 first quarter lead has to rank up there with going against a Sicilian when death is on the line.
8 – Boston College: It took a late interception from Justin Simmons, but the Eagles held on to a win against Wake Forest. They are becoming the toughest team for me to slot in the power rankings each week, which is truly saying something.
9 – Virginia: The Cavaliers gave up a late touchdown to Mitch Trubisky when Marquise Williams had to leave the game for a play to put his helmet back on. Thanks to that, we got this five-star troll from Larry Fedora’s daughter. COASTAL CHAOS is a family affair.
10 – Virginia Tech: The long-awaited return to Thursday night football at Lane Stadium didn’t go to plan at all, unless the plan was to create a quarterback controversy with a late Mark Leal touchdown to prevent a shutout.
11 – Pittsburgh: I missed a lot of #goacc moments this weekend, but perhaps the most #goacc was Pitt fumbling the ball four times in their first six offensive plays. Really brings the other meaning of “offensive” into discussion.
12 – Syracuse: Not gonna knock the Orange for losing in Death Valley, especially against that defense. If they lose at home to NC State to give Dave Doeren his first ACC win? So much knocking. All of the knocking.
13 – NC State: NC State will face Syracuse this week. The Wolfpack has the advantage of coming off a bye week. The Syracuse have the momentum of the 56-55 victory the last time these two schools met in the Carrier Dome. Wait, wrong sport.
14 – Wake Forest: BOLD prediction: Wake Forest will not lose this week.
Until next week, peace, love, and #goacc.