ACC Football Team Power Rankings Week 7: Florida State Clings To Slim Lead

Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent IOctober 18, 2010

ACC Football Team Power Rankings Week 7: Florida State Clings To Slim Lead

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    NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Quarterback Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Ge
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    Florida State struggled to pull off a win against a feisty Boston College team after demolishing Miami the week before. They are still holding onto that top spot but just barely.

    A few teams have made the ACC race a little more interesting. Virginia Tech is inching closer to becoming the No. 1 team in the conference and North Carolina keeps winning despite their circumstances.

    No major shockers occurred over the weekend besides the tough loss N.C. State suffered at the hands of ECU.

    Clemson finally ended its three-game losing streak and Miami bounced back against Duke after being embarrassed the week before.

    The biggest game of the week will be North Carolina at Miami where I am predicting a Tar Heel victory. Both Florida State and N.C. State have the week off before a Thursday night showdown on Oct. 28.

    It should be another good week of conference games with a few possible upsets looming.

    Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

12. Duke 1-5 (0-3) LW- 12

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    DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 18: Duke Blue Devils head coach David Cutcliffe (C) leads his team on to the field to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Durham, North Carolina.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Blue Devi
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    Well, it wasn't an embarrassing loss like I thought it would be. In fact they actually held the lead for a while in the game against Miami.

    So to Duke that should be a moral victory and right now I think that’s all they can look forward to.

    Next game: at Virginia Tech on Oct. 23

11. Wake Forest 2-5 (1-3) LW- 10

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    PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Chris Givens #2 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in action against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Josh Harris was about the only good thing going for Wake Forest in the blowout loss to Virginia Tech.

    He ran for a career-high 241 yards on a total of 19 carries, scoring on runs of 87 and 33 yards.

    This marks Wake Forest's fifth-consecutive loss. Lucky for the Demon Deacons they have a bye week before heading on the road to square off against Maryland.

    Next game: at Maryland Oct. 30

10. Virginia 2-4 (0-3) LW- 9

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09:  Head coach Mike London of the Virginia Cavaliers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Things are starting to fall apart for Mike London and his Cavaliers as they lost their third straight game. They received an embarrassing 44-10 home shellacking by North Carolina and it was the first time they've lost to the Tar Heels at home since 1981.

    They were dominated in every aspect of the game from start to finish. Maybe they can find a way to win next week when Eastern Michigan comes to town.

    Next game: vs. Eastern Michigan Oct. 23

9. Boston College 2-4 (0-3) LW- 11

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  Mark Herzlich #94 and Thomas Claiborne #78 of the Boston College Eagles lead the team out on the field before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachuse
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    They scored 19 points against Florida State, but the only problem with that was the one touchdown was scored by a defender. You can’t expect to pull off an upset if the offense can’t punch one in the end zone.

    It was a tough loss to swallow because they had this game at the end of their fingertips. Although they weren't able to come up with the win they should gain a lot of confidence from this game.

    Next game: vs. Maryland Oct. 23

8. Maryland 4-2 (1-1) LW- 8

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    COLLEGE PARK, MD - NOVEMBER 22:  Head coach Ralph Friedgen of the Maryland Terrapins looks on against the Florida State Seminoles on November 22, 2008 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    Maryland looked to keep its good fortunes going against Clemson, but was unable to keep up with the Tigers, losing 31-7.

    A lot of people considered Maryland to be a surprise team in the ACC with its early-season success. I am pretty sure most people have changed their outlook on them now.

    Next game: at Boston College Oct. 23

7. Clemson 3-3 (1-2) LW- 7

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Cheerleaders of the Clemson Tigers wave their flag during the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Clemson finally woke up as they clawed Maryland 31-7.

    Andre Ellington gave them all the momentum they would need after his 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to make the score 10-7. He also added a rushing touchdown to help the Tigers avoid a four-game losing streak.

    Next game: vs. Georgia Tech Oct. 23

6. N.C. State 5-2 (2-1): LW- 4

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    RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 16:  David Akinniyi #97 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack during their game at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 16, 2010 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Like I said last week, if N.C. State wasn't careful they would be upset by ECU. That’s exactly what happened, losing 33-27 in overtime.

    Russell Wilson turned the ball over four times in the loss and has now turned the ball over nine times in the last three games. He will need to correct this problem or the Wolfpack could be looking at a couple more losses.

    Next game: vs. Florida State Oct. 28

5. Georgia Tech 5-2 (3-1) LW- 6

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09:  Embry Peeples #24 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the Virginia Cavaliers at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The wheels kept turning for Georgia Tech, which is now on a three-game winning streak after a 42-14 win over Middle Tennessee State.

    Anthony Allen ran for two touchdowns while Joshua Nesbitt added one. Nesbitt even got a little bit of a breather when the backup QBs got some reps in the fourth quarter.

    Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a trip to Death Valley.

    Next game: at Clemson Oct. 23

4. North Carolina 4-2 (2-1) LW- 5

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    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 25:  Jheranie Boyd #87 of the North Carolina Tar Heels breaks the tackle of Antonio Lowery #50 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the second quarter at Rutgers Stadium on September 25, 2010 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  (
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    They are no longer a team of surprise; they are a team to be reckoned with. The Tar Heels have won four straight and look to make it five when they take to the road against Miami.

    A win there would almost certainly make this team one of the favorites in the ACC.

    T.J. Yates led the way for the Tar Heels, throwing for three touchdowns in their 44-10 destruction of Virginia.

    Next game: at Miami Oct. 23

3. Miami 4-2 (2-1) LW- 3

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: LaRon Byrd #47 of the Miami Hurricanes runs with the ball while being chased by Nick Moody #10 of the Florida State Seminoles on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Seminoles defeated the Hurricanes 45-17. (Ph
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    Miami looked extremely sluggish to start off against Duke, but they were able to correct things to get a 28-13 win.

    For the first time since opening week, Jacory Harris didn't turn the ball over. That has to be a sigh of relief for most of the fans.

    The competition will be much harder when they face North Carolina at home next week.

    Next game: vs. North Carolina Oct. 23

2. Virginia Tech 5-2 (3-0) LW- 2

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    CHESTNUT HILL, MA - SEPTEMBER 25:  David Wilson #4 of the Virginia Tech Hokies carries the ball in the fourth quarter against the Boston College Eagles on September 25, 2010 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Virginia Tech defeated Boston
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    I have four words for you, the Hokies are back! Frank Beamer really has this team playing some great football right now and the rest of the ACC should be worried.

    Tyrod Taylor has really settled in nicely and torched Wake Forest in their 52-21 victory for 292 yards through the air and four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing).

    Next game: vs. Duke Oct. 23

1. Florida State 6-1 (4-0) LW- 1

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    MIAMI, FL - OCTOBER 9: Head coach Jimbo Fisher talks to Christian Ponder #7 of the Florida State Seminoles during first half action against the Miami Hurricanes on October 9, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images
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    It wasn't pretty but they got the job done.

    Christian Ponder turned the ball over four times which led to 13 Boston College points. The defense saved him and the team from being upset a week after they blew out Miami.

    Boston College seems to always play them tough no matter where the game is held. Thankfully for Florida State they were able to salvage this game and get the win. Now it’s time to rest up and start preparing for a battle against N.C. State on the road.

    Next game: at. N.C. State Oct. 28