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ACC Power Rankings: Week Two
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The ACC played several important games this week, but many teams didn't represent the conference well. With two losses to SEC teams and a Pac-10 beatdown, the ACC Power Rankings were shaken up after just one week.

 

1. Georgia Tech

Jonathan Dwyer started the year off right for the Jackets with a 74-yard touchdown run within the first 20 seconds of the game. The offense showed off its passing ability with 162 yards through the air while still gaining 335 yards on the ground.

 

2. Virginia Tech

While the Hokies lost to Alabama, their defense played well early and was able to get two takeaways. Tyrod Taylor raised some questions with his shaky passing, but Alabama may be the toughest defense he sees all year. Virginia Tech still has a great shot at winning the ACC.

 

3. North Carolina

Against the Citadel, North Carolina showed off a good defense while T.J. Yates threw two touchdowns and the rushing game rolled strong. The Tar Heels were not challenged, but they did everything right and have some defining games coming up soon.

 

4. Miami

Everybody doubted the Hurricanes on Monday night, but sophomore Jacory Harris led the team to a big win against rival FSU. The offense played to its full potential, but the defense could be a stumbling block down the road.

 

5. Florida State

Despite the early season loss to Miami, the Noles have the most talented team in the Atlantic division. Christian Ponder is a great leader, and were it not for one bad pass to end the game, he could have easily vaulted his team into the top three in the conference.

 

6. Clemson

There are still a lot of unknowns about the Tigers, but if Saturday was any indication of their future, they might have finally settled in on a quarterback. If C.J. Spiller can get healthy, he will give his team a big boost.

 

7. Boston College

Like Clemson, the Eagles did everything right on Saturday but still need a big test to prove they can win the division. All signs looked good in a 54-0 rout of Northeastern. Boston College established a balanced attack they'll need against tough defenses.

 

8. North Carolina State

While the Wolfpack showed up without their offense on Thursday night, they are a much better team than they showed. Look for Russell Wilson to shake off the rust and start to find his groove for the rest of the year.

 

9. Wake Forest

Four turnovers killed the Demon Deacons on Saturday in a game they should have won. Riley Skinner didn't exactly show the poise of a senior with three interceptions, and the defense has questions to answer before they can compete with the top teams in the conference.

 

10. Maryland

After getting waxed on the road by a very good Cal team, Maryland proved their offense is nothing to fear. The defense couldn't stop anything, giving up 542 total yards and allowing several big plays.

 

11. Duke

The Blue Devils proved they are their same old selves. Despite having one of the best quarterbacks in the ACC, they still found a way to lose. Thaddeus Lewis threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns, but Duke's late touchdown was the only thing that made this game even look close.

 

12. Virginia

And at the bottom of the totem pole are...the Cavaliers. Not that any team could really come back from a seven-turnover game, but the Virginia offense was basically horrible. The team got more yardage from William & Mary penalties than they did from their starting quarterback, a sign that it will be a long year in Charlottesville.

 

For more articles and discussion, visit ACC SEC Football. "Stand Up For Your Team." Also see SEC Power Rankings—Week Two.

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