ACC Football Team Power Rankings Week 6: Florida State Back on Top
There is no denying who is number one in the ACC now and that’s Florida State. Rightfully so after they embarrassed Miami on their home turf 45-17.
Virginia Tech has gotten things rolling again winning their fourth straight game. North Carolina somehow continues to win even with all of their inactive players still. Russell Wilson and N.C. State got back to their winning ways against Boston College. Georgia Tech finally hit their stride rushing for their best single game total in ACC play (477 yards).
There’s been so much parity this year in the ACC that there is no telling who’s going to be at the top from one week to another.
The best game in the ACC this week will be Maryland at Clemson with the Tigers trying to get back into the win column.
I don’t see much changing after this week but who knows with the ACC.
12. Duke 1-4 (0-2) LW- 12
The Blue Devils had the weekend off and it’s probably the best thing that’s happened to them since they beat Elon on opening day. It also gave them some extra time to prep for a Miami team that may be without Jacory Harris who is dealing with a groin injury.
At the same time though they did just get smacked around by FSU so they will be licking their chops to get back at it against Duke. It just doesn’t get any easier for them.
Next Game: vs. Miami 10/16
11. Boston College 2-3 (0-2) LW- 11
The struggles continued for Boston College as they got hammered 44-17 by N.C. State.
The shuffling continued at the QB spot when he put Dave Shinskie back in who was benched the week before. He only completed 7 of 24 passes for 89 yards and two interceptions. Needless to say, they don’t have a QB.
Next Game: at Florida State 10/16
10. Wake Forest 2-4 (1-2) LW- 10
It was another heart-breaker for the Demon Deacons losing for the second consecutive week in the closing seconds. They were up 27-21 with less than 30 seconds left only to fall 28-27 to Navy.
The only bright spot was Tanner Price who returned from an injury last week to set true freshman records for completions, attempts and yards receiving, completing 37 of 53 passes.
Next Game: at Virginia Tech 10/16
9. Virginia 2-3 (0-2) LW- 9
Al Groh got the best of his old team with his defense holding the Cavaliers to 376 yards of total offense. The Yellow Jackets defense made it difficult for their offense to get into any kind of rhythm.
Keith Payne had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs and finished with 56 yards on 14 carries. Marc Verica couldn’t find the endzone at all completing 18 of 31 passes for 239 yards.
Next Game: vs. North Carolina 10/16
8. Maryland 4-1 (1-0) LW- 7
They had the week off and now head on the road to take on a struggling Clemson team whose desperately searching for a win. It may not be the best time to step into Death Valley.
Next Game: at Clemson 10/16
7. Clemson 2-3 (0-2) LW- 4
I don’t know what’s going on with Clemson but ever since they blew their 17-3 lead to Auburn they’ve been playing with a lack of confidence and continuity.
They were held to a season-low of 305 total yards and Kyle Parker didn’t get any help from his receivers. Dropping passes have been a common occurrence for this offense thus far this season.
Parker completed 21 of 38 passes for 214 yards and one touchdown
At least they get Maryland at home this week. Maybe the home crowd can reignite that Tigers tenacity.
Next Game: vs. Maryland 10/16
6. Georgia Tech 4-2 (3-1) LW- 8
Leading the way for the Yellow Jackets was Anthony Allen who ran for 195 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-21 victory over Virginia. Joshua Nesbitt finished the game with 21 carries for 109 yards and a touchdown.
They tallied a total of 477 yards rushing which was their best total ever in a conference game.
It was the first time all season that they have won back-to-back games.
Next Game: vs. MTSU 10/16
5. North Carolina 3-2 (1-1) LW- 6
Back-to-back losses wasn't exactly the way the Tar Heels wanted to start their 2010 campaign, but they have won three straight now after they beat Clemson 21-16.
It wasn’t the pretty game for the offense which struggled to gain 255 total yards. However, it was just enough to get the job done.
Johnny White ran for two touchdowns and amassed a total of 179 yards.
Next Game: at Virginia 10/16
4. N.C. State 5-1 (2-1) LW- 5
They got back on the winning track by dominating Boston College 44-17. This win marked the first time Tom O’Brien has beaten his former team since coming to N.C. State.
Russell Wilson threw for 328 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
ECU is next and they can’t be thinking ahead to the FSU game or they could get upset very easily.
Next Game: at ECU 10/16
3. Miami 3-2 (1-1) LW- 1
This wasn’t what most Miami fans had in mind for their beloved Hurricanes. I’m talking about the 45-17 beat down they took at the hands of the Seminoles.
Just when you thought getting whooped was bad, Chris Thompson had a 90-yard touchdown run which is the longest Miami has ever given up in their storied history.
Jacory Harris is hurt but that may be a good thing since he hasn’t played that great this season. No one knows who will be behind the center in their next game but I can assure you it won’t matter since they are taking on Duke.
Next Game: at Duke 10/16
2. Virginia Tech 4-2 (3-0) LW- 3
The Hokies look to have found their stride winning their fourth consecutive game after losing their first two to start the season. They scored 38 unanswered points in their 45-21 thrashing of Central Michigan.
Tyrod Taylor had a total of 288 yards (161 pass, 127 run) and three total touchdowns (1 pass, 2 run).
Next Game: vs. Wake Forest 10/16
1. Florida State 5-1 (3-0) LW- 2
A 45-17 dismantling of Miami is quite the scalping. This was a statement game for the Seminoles and they didn’t disappoint.
Jermaine Thomas had a career night scoring all three of his touchdowns within the first 21 minutes of the game. The ground attack finished with 298-yards and it was capped off by Chris Thompson's 90-yard touchdown run.
Christian Ponder did his thing, finishing the game 12 of 21 for 173 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
There's a very good chance they may run the table, if they don’t become complacent.
Next Game: vs. Boston College 10/16