ACC Power Poll Week 3: Miami Vaults to the Top

The ACC and SEC BlogSenior Analyst ISeptember 20, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Sebastian the Ibis gets the crowd into the game as the Miami Hurricanes take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Miami defeated Georgia Tech 33-17.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Miami vaults to the top this week after dominating Georgia Tech on Thursday night. FSU gains some respect for the conference with a big win at BYU. Va Tech comes from behind to defeat Big 12 North favorite Nebraska.

On the down side, Virginia remains winless and Maryland loses (again) to Middle Tennessee State. Week 4 has some big games with UNC traveling to Ga Tech and Miami traveling to face the Hokies.

1. Miami

The 'Canes proved the win over FSU was not a fluke by playing even better in blowing out Georgia Tech.


2. Virginia Tech

Hokies gain some pride for the ACC with a last-second win over Nebraska.


3. Florida State

Seminoles travel all the way out to Utah and take care of a top 10 BYU team with ease.


4. Georgia Tech

Time to regroup for the Yellow Jackets, who had played three games in 13 days; North Carolina awaits this Saturday.


5. Clemson

Tigers dominate Boston College by holding the Eagles to 54 total yards.


6. North Carolina

Heels go to Atlanta for first ACC showdown looking for a 4-0 start.


7. NC State

Wolfpack put together a second straight good offensive performance, albeit against weak competition, but progress is progress


8. Wake Forest

Riley Skinner throws for a career-high 289 yards passing in win over Elon.


9. Boston College

Justin Tuggle really struggled against Clemson, and those early-season wins don't look as impressive now.

10. Maryland

Terps have second straight loss to Middle Tennessee State just a week after barely beating James Madison.

11. Duke

Blue Devils hung with Kansas for a while, but were blown out in the second half by the Jayhawks.

12. Virginia

We thought the Cavs might have their first win until Southern Miss came from 10 points down to keep Al Groh's seat scalding hot.

Now that I have ranked the teams 1-12, lets put them into peer groups.

Tier I
Miami, Virginia Tech, Florida State

Tier II
Georgia Tech, Clemson, North Carolina

Tier III

NC State, Wake Forest, Boston College

Tier IV
Maryland, Duke, Virginia