ACC Week 4 Power Rankings

By Rakin Hamad (@RakkAttackk)

  1. Clemson: Clemson keeps on marching forward. With their tough Thursday night win at North Carolina State, 26-14, Clemson is 3-0 for the third straight season. While a bigger blowout might have been expected, playing at North Carolina State on a Thursday night is no picnic; just ask last years’ Florida State team.       Previous Week: #1
  2. Florida State: Jameis Winston and the Seminoles had an off week after destroying Nevada 62-7. Florida State looks to be on cruise control until October 19th when they travel to Clemson.    Previous Week: #2
  3. Miami: Miami is coming off of a bye week, which spells doom for their opponent Savannah State. Look for another blowout as the #16 team in the nation tries to climb in the rankings.   Previous Week: #3
  4. Virginia Tech: The Hokies played an ugly game versus East Carolina last week, but they came out victorious, 15-10. The Hokies need to be better on offense, but the question is now becoming how far can this defense take the Hokies.     Previous Week: #4
  5. Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech is coming off of their 38-14 ACC opener win versus Duke and has an interesting matchup with North Carolina. This game will come down to whether UNC will be able to stop the Yellow Jackets run game.   Previous Week: #5
  6. North Carolina: UNC also had a bye week last week, so they should be prepared for Georgia Tech’s triple option. However, preparing for it and playing versus it are two different things. Considering how South Carolina was able to bully UNC in the trenches, it will be interesting to see if UNC can stop Georgia Tech’s run game.       Previous Week: #6
  7. Maryland: Maryland plays an interesting game this weekend versus West Virginia. Considering West Virginia’s recent struggles, this game could be a big win for the Terrapins.    Previous week: #7
  8. North Carolina State: While N.C. State looked competitive versus Clemson, the momentum of the game was turned on a controversial call that overruled a Wolfpack touchdown, they move up in the rankings because the bottom of the ACC failed to play well last week.   Previous Week: #10
  9. Duke: The Blue Devils probably should move down in the rankings after they lost a blowout to Georgia Tech 38-14, but the teams below them failed to impress. Once again Duke looks like they will not be able to compete with the top of the ACC, but might be able to sneak into a bowl game. Previous Week: #9
  10. Pittsburgh: The Panthers beat New Mexico 49-27, and rebounded nicely form their opening night disaster with Jameis Winston. They face Duke this weekend. Previous Week: #13
  11. Syracuse: Syracuse followed up their 48-27 loss to #19 Northwestern with a 54-0 win versus Wagner. Tulane will come visit the Orangemen this weekend. Previous Week: #12
  12. Virginia: Oregon is good, but they should not be able to beat any ACC team 59-10. UVA had a bye week and looks to rebound versus VMI. Previous Week: #11
  13. Boston College: Boston College wasn’t very competitive versus USC last weekend in their 35-7 loss, but they are undefeated in the ACC due to them beating Wake Forest. Previous Week: #14
  14. Wake Forest: Wake Forest has shown that they are the worst team in the ACC by losing to Boston College and Louisiana-Monroe in back to back weeks. Wake Forest will try to end the losing streak this weekend versus Army. Previous Week: #8