ACC Football Team Power Rankings: Week 2 Finds Conference in Disarray
Two words come to mind when I think about the ACC’s performance last week, pathetic and embarrassing.
On a weekend where there were some statement games, all you saw were blowouts and upset losses. The best win on the weekend for the ACC, was Wake Forest beating Duke, and that’s just because it was a conference game.
You had a No. 13-ranked Virginia Tech team lose to a lowly FCS team at home.
Georgia Tech was embarrassed on the road against a Kansas team that previously lost to Idaho 6-3.
Then upset hopefuls, Florida State and Miami both lost on the road.
So, the top four teams from my previous rankings all lost but only one doing that in reasonable fashion, the Miami Hurricanes.
The conference needs a little wake-up so here is my shake-up in this weeks ranking.
12. Duke 1-1 (0-1) Last Week -9
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Sean Renfree may have just staked his claim as one of the top ACC quarterbacks. Through two games this season he has completed 71 percent of his passes along with six touchdowns and three interceptions. Last week he threw for 358 yards and four touchdowns against Wake Forest in a high scoring affair that ended 54-48 in favor of Wake Forest.
Even with Renfree at quarterback, they won’t be winning many games if the continues to give up 500 yards of total offense like they did against Wake Forest. There were blown coverage’s everywhere, missed assignments and plenty of missed tackles. If they have any hopes of improving on last season’s performance then that defense will have to step up in a hurry.
Next Game: vs. Alabama 9/18
11. Virginia 1-1 (0-0) Last Week -11
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The defense showed that they aren't a push over after losing 17-14 against USC. In fact the entire team is better than what most people expected.
New coach Mike London has done a good job with this group. They probably would have beaten USC if it weren't for the lack of experience and talent that quarterback Marc Verica displayed.
They won’t be the best team in the conference but they won’t be the worst either. Expect for them to push some of the upper echelon teams to the ropes and maybe even pull off an upset or two.
Next Game: vs. VMI 9/25
10. Virginia Tech 0-2 (0-0) Last Week -3
My mother always told me that if I didn’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. I feel as though that message should be applied here.
Next Game: vs. East Carolina 9/18
9. Wake Forest 2-0 (1-0) Last Week -10
If you would have told me before the season started that Wake Forest would have scored 50 or more points in consecutive games I would have laughed in your face. Now look whose laughing in mine, Wake Forest.
After a back and forth shootout win 54-48 over Duke they have found themselves at the top of the ACC standings.
Backup quarterback had a nice evening throwing three touchdowns while running for another. He finished the game, 12 of 19 with 190 yards.
Next Game: at Stanford 9/18
8. N.C. State 2-0 (0-0) Last Week -8
The Wolfpack may have won a road game, beating Central Florida 28-21, but their veteran quarterback Russell Wilson looked more like a freshman.
If they expect to compete this season, they will need a better performance out of him on a consistent basis. He will get another opportunity to show he’s a better than average quarterback when Cincinnati comes to town Thursday Night.
Next Game: vs. Cincinnati 9/16
7. Georgia Tech 1-1 (0-0) Last Week -4
The reigning ACC champs struggled against a lesser opponent in Kansas, losing 28-25.
The defense was dismal; the offense besides Joshua Nesbitt was below average and quite frankly this team needs to get it together or they won’t get a chance to defend their ACC title.
They will be on the road next to face North Carolina and I can guarantee you that the Tar Heels come to play. Hopefully for the Yellow Jackets and Paul Johnson, they got the wake-up call they needed last week against Kansas. If not, they will be looking at the beginning of a losing streak.
Next Game: at North Carolina 9/18
6. Maryland 2-0 (0-0) Last Week -12
Is Maryland the real deal this year? Winning their first two games of this season has already matched their win total from last season.
The defense has looked strong thus far but will be put to the test when they battle West Virginia on the road next. If they can pull the upset off, I think it would safe to say Ralph Friedgen may actually be able to keep his job with a 3-0 start.
Next Game: at West Virginia 9/18
5. Florida State 1-1 (0-0) Last Week -1
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Come on Seminoles you were suppose to be back this year. A 47-17 loss against Oklahoma, this was supposed to be your moment to shine. Instead you gave up after being down 28-7 in the first-half.
Having the athletes doesn’t necessarily mean you will be competitive, they exemplified that against Oklahoma.
Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops have their hands full, but still have a shot at winning the ACC simply because the conference isn’t as strong as most thought, myself included.
Next Game: vs. BYU 9/18
4. Boston College 2-0 (0-0) Last Week -7
Boston College had a solid victory over Kent State 26-13.
The offense is struggling at times, but the defense is perhaps one of the best in the ACC. I am still not sure if they are worthy of my No. 4 ranking but compared to some of the other teams in the conference it seems to fit.
They have two weeks off to prepare the offense for a visit from Virginia Tech. If the offense finds a consistent gear then this Boston College team is going to cause some problem for those favorite to make it to the ACC Championship game.
Next Game: vs. Virginia Tech 9/25
3. North Carolina 0-1 (0-0) Last Week -6
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They didn’t play last week, but that’s as good as a win in my books.
Next Game: vs. Georgia Tech 9/18
2. Miami 1-1 (0-0) Last Week -2
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It wasn’t pretty against the Ohio State Buckeyes, losing 36-24 on the road, but it wasn’t an embarrassment either.
Ok well maybe it was for Jacory Harris, who still seems to have a knack for throwing interceptions in big games. He threw four of them to be exact.
The special teams are what really kept them in the game. If it wasn’t for kick and punt returns by Lamar Miller and Travis Benjamin this game would have been more lopsided.
Even with the loss to Ohio State, I am reluctant to say that as of now they are the best team in the ACC.
Next Game: at Pittsburgh 9/23
1. Clemson 2-0 (0-0) Last Week -5
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A 58-21 blowout win is usually something to brag about, but in this case it was just another win since it was against Presbyterian.
A win is a win and that is more than what most teams can say in this conference after last week.
Kyle Parker look much smoother in this game compared to the season opener against North Texas. They are going to need another solid performance from him as they square off against Auburn this weekend. A win at Auburn will not only jump them into the polls but it will make their case for the top dog in the ACC.
Next Game: at Auburn 9/18