ACC Week Two Power Rankings

By Rakin Hamad (@RakkAttackk)

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  1. Clemson (1-0, Previous: #1): Clemson put themselves in national championship contention by beating #5 Georgia 38-35. Heisman candidate Tajh Boyd had 5 total touchdowns and Sammy Watkins had 127 yards and a touchdown. Clemson’s offense looked dominate versus a good SEC defense and it’ll be interesting to see them versus the ACC defenses.
  2. Florida State (1-0, Previous: #2): Jameis Winston had a lot of hype, and with every throw that hype turned into reality. Winston only had two incompletions to go along with his 356 yards and four touchdowns. If any team has a chance to beat Clemson, it’s this team.
  3. Miami (1-0, Previous: #4): The Hurricanes offense ran the ball very well versus Florida Atlantic last week and Duke Johnson had 186 yards on the ground. This week Miami plays Florida and it will be interesting to see if they will be able to still run the ball effectively.
  4. Virginia Tech (0-1, Previous: #5): Teams usually don’t move up a spot in power rankings after losing by 25 points, but the Hokies played much better than the scoreboard showed versus #1 Alabama. Their defense looked good and they should be able to contend in the Coastal Division.
  5. Georgia Tech (1-0, Previous: #6): Vad Lee had 238 total yards and 3 touchdowns as the Yellow Jackets destroyed Elon 70-0. Their offense looked dominate and Georgia Tech should also contend to be the representative in the ACC Championship for the Coastal Division.
  6. North Carolina (0-1, Previous: #3): UNC had a tough opening game versus South Carolina, but at certain points of the game they were dominated along the lines. Teams that are weak in the trenches usually struggle, and that is the reasoning for dropping 3 spots in the power rankings.
  7. Maryland (1-0, Previous: #7): Most people expected Maryland to be better this season solely based on the probability that they won’t start 5 different quarterbacks again. Senior QB C.J. Brown played great for Maryland in their season opener versus Florida International with 281 yards in the air and 105 on the ground. This kind of consistent quarterback play for the Terrapins could lead to a bowl game at the end of the year.
  8. Wake Forest (1-0, Previous: #8): The good news for Wake Forest is that their defense looked good. They forced three fumbles and three interceptions versus Presbyterian last week. The defense was a concern coming into the season and it’ll be interesting to see if their defense continues to play well versus other ACC teams. Wake Forests’ first test will come Friday versus Boston College.
  9. Duke (1-0, Previous: #11): The Anthony Boone era started off with a 45-0 win versus North Carolina Central. Brandon Connette, the Blue Devils’ short-yardage specialist, tossed two touchdown passes and ran another one in. The Blue Devils offense looked good, and they hope that will continue for the rest of the season.
  10. North Carolina State (1-0, Previous: #9): N.C. State won this weekend 45-14 versus Louisiana Tech in Dave Doeren’s first game, but they drop in the rankings this week because of Brandon Mitchell. Mitchell, the starting quarterback, was injured in the game and will be miss 4-6 weeks.
  11. Virginia (1-0, Previous: #12): UVA gutted out a tough win versus BYU in their season opener, 19-16. Kevin Parks had the game-winning touchdown run with a little over two minutes left in the game. Expect most of UVA’s wins to be tough, grind-them-out games like this one.
  12. Syracuse (0-1, Previous: #13): The Orange lost their first game under new head coach Scott Shafer to Penn State 23-17. Their defense was good, albeit it was versus a freshman quarterback, but their offense will need to do better to win in the ACC. Senior QB Drew Allen struggled, going 16/37 for 189 yards and two interceptions, he will need to play better for the Orange.
  13. Pittsburgh (0-1, Previous: #10): The Panthers had a Labor Day tilt versus Florida State on national television, and they came out with the energy you would expect. They started the game going up 7-0, and then it went all downhill from there. Their defense looked awful as Winston had all the time in the world to pick apart the secondary. QB Tom Savage looked average during some parts of the game, but he still finished with two interceptions and only one touchdown toss.
  14. Boston College (1-0, Previous: #14): Even though they won, Boston College doesn’t get to jump ahead of Pittsburgh this week because they were playing a FCS team. Even though Villanova is a very good FCS team, Boston College should not have been trailing 14-7 at halftime. Boston College will play Wake Forest on Friday to start their ACC play.