ACC Power Poll Week 2: N.C. State and Virginia Top the List
Well, two weeks into the 2010 season and the ACC is even worse than most non-ACC people had originally thought. Even ACC Alums have to be stunned after the five ranked teams in the conference all lost in the first two weeks. Four lost in week 2.
The owner of the most embarrassing loss, and not just for week 2, but for the entire college football season is Virginia Tech. James Madison came into Blacksburg and straight up defeated the Hokies. Pretty humiliating for a team who had national championship hopes less than a week ago.
Miami and Florida State did themselves no favors either. So much for southern teams having all the speed. Jacory Harris threw four picks against Ohio State, and Florida State got worked by Oklahoma.
Then Georgia Tech was served a loss by Kansas, after the Jayhawks lost to North Dakota State the week prior.
Everything that could have gone wrong for the ACC did on Saturday, and now the ACC power rankings are a little out of whack, but they're probably right on point after two weeks.
No. 1 N.C. State
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The Wolfpack won't stay at the top for long, but they have one of the ACC's most impressive victories this year against UCF. Yeah, it's been that bad for the ACC in the first two weeks.
No. 2 Virginia
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Unlike their biggest rival Virginia Tech, the Wahoos can beat teams from the CAA. They also had an impressive performance against Southern California and actually outplayed the Trojans in the L.A. Coliseum.
Another good sign for the Wahoo's is that Mike London wears his emotions on his sleeves, which the team seems to really respond well to. The Cavaliers should have won this game, but came up short with early mistakes in the red zone.
London seems to be the real deal, and can you imagine if Virginia had beat USC, with Virginia Tech losing to James Madison in the same day? Power shift?
No. 3 Clemson
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The Tigers haven't played anyone worth talking about, but at least they've looked impressive doing it. The ACC is wide open and Clemson has a legitimate shot to win the conference.
No. 4 Miami
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Jacory Harris made mistake after mistake in this one, but Miami was still in the game late. They lost by 12, but when your quarterback throws four interceptions against the second ranked team in the nation, things could have been much worse.
No. 5 Maryland
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The Terps are 2-0, which is great for them considering they won two games all of last season. Hopefully they will continue to play well against tougher opponents in the coming weeks.
No. 6 Wake Forest
The Demon Deacons are the first ones to notch a victory in ACC conference play. Wake and Duke went at it scoring a ridiculous amount of points. However, Wake will likely finish the season in the bottom of the conference, but for now they're 2-0 on the year.
No. 7 Boston College
The Eagles haven't looked all that impressive, but at least they're 2-0. Doesn't matter how you win as long as you get the victory.
The Eagles schedule will begin to pick up here in the coming weeks, but with how the ACC is going so far in 2010 Boston College could go undefeated. You never know.
No. 8 Georgia Tech
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The Yellow Jackets aerial attack against South Carolina State was embarrassing, and then they go on the road to Kansas and lose. Why is that bad? Well, the Jayhawks lost to North Dakota State last week.
The Yellow Jackets look like a middle of the road team this year, and they will have to throw the ball with more success in order to compete.
No. 9 Florida State
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The Seminoles looked good in week one, but they played Samford. Week two, Florida State was taken behind the woodshed by Landry Jones and the rest of the Oklahoma Sooners.
An embarrassing performance by the Seminoles defense has everyone wondering if they're any better than they were last year.
No. 10 North Carolina
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The Tar Heels had a bye this weekend, but you have to think they're going to struggle for the foreseeable future. The Tar Heels host Georgia Tech next week, which is a huge Coastal Division matchup early in the season.
No. 11 Duke
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Duke has one victory on the season and they showed some fight against Wake Forest. The Blue Devils are likely to finish in the bottom two of the ACC this year, but for now they're not the worst team in the conference.
No. 12 Virginia Tech
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The Hokies had national title hopes this time a week ago. Now, Virginia Tech is wondering if they're capable of beating a team from the CAA after James Madison came into Blacksburg and beat them on their home turf.
Virginia Tech shouldn't just be embarrassed by their performance, they should be humiliated. More importantly, they should be worried about the rest of their season.
The Hokies were picked to win the ACC this year, but so far they're 0-2 and they're the owners of the conference's most embarrassing out of conference loss.