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You can make the case for the ACC to be higher than this, and I would be willing to listen, but I still think the Big East, on the heels of its SEC beatdown, and the Big Ten are better.
However, as the tie in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge showed, the difference isn’t that big.
There is no team in the country, including Indiana, with a more impressive resume than Duke thus far, and the Blue Devils added another Top Five notch to their belt with Ohio State this week.
Furthermore, Virginia Tech looks like it can be a NCAA tournament contender. The Hokies really impressed with victories over Iowa and Oklahoma State.
Although hanging with Kentucky at the beginning of the season doesn’t look quite as good now, Maryland has an impressive six-game winning streak after dispensing Northwestern in the Challenge.
But the most impressive wins for the ACC this week came from Miami, who beat Michigan State, and Virginia, who did what few teams have ever done: beat Bo Ryan’s Wisconsin team in a non-conference home game.
The three teams holding the ACC back from a higher spot were all considered challengers for the ACC crown to start the year. North Carolina looked awful against Indiana, North Carolina State once again struggled against a quality opponent in Michigan, and Florida State was all kinds of bad in losses to Minnesota and Mercer (Mercer? Really?).