There was a little bit of a shake up in this weeks rankings. Clemson and Miami came up with HUGE conference wins. Georgia Tech and North Carolina look as if their chance at a title game bid might be over. Stranger things have happened though.
1)Virginia Tech (6-2, 4-0)
Tyrod Taylor and company continued their tear through their ACC schedule, putting up 40 points for the fourth straight game and winning their sixth straight overall. Given, it was against Duke, but they did what power teams are supposed to do and that’s win BIG.
2)Florida State (6-1, 4-0)
BYE week. Huge game against NC State Thursday night.
3)NC State (5-2, 2-1)
BYE week. Huge game against Florida State Thursday night.
4)Miami (5-2, 3-1)
It probably helped North Carolina lost a few more key players prior to the game, but even with those guys the Canes likely win. QB Jacory Harris was surprisingly efficient and their D played lights out. They have a chance to move to (4-1) and keep pace with Virginia Tech with a win at Virginia on Saturday.
5)Clemson (4-3, 2-2)
In typical Clemson fashion, the Tigers are clicking after a few close losses put their season in jeopardy. RB Andre Ellington had a career high 166 yards rushing as the Tigers literally ran all over the Georgia Tech in their 27-13 win. They’ll need a strong ground game against one of the nations best rush defenses in Boston College.
6)Georgia Tech (5-3, 3-2)
The reigning ACC champs likely will not see a return to the title game. With two conference losses already, it would take a huge slide by Virginia Tech and Miami to the Jackets to climb back in the picture. Their high-octane offense fizzled against a good Clemson defense in it’s loss to the Tigers. QB Joshua Nesbitt was completely ineffective all around.
6)North Carolina (4-3, 2-2)
The loss of key defensive players is finally taking its toll. After running off four straight wins, the Heels couldn’t overcome a combination of bad defense and a great Hurricane passing defense, getting blown out 33-10. Things won’t get any easier with games against Virginia Tech, Florida State and NC State left.
8)Maryland (5-2, 2-1)
Ok, so normally I wouldn’t put a (5-2, 2-1) this low in the rankings. But the Terps were beat bad by Clemson (31-7) and barely won against an bad Boston College team. There are just too many question marks on this team and they haven't hit the hard part of their schedule yet. A win this weekend and in two weeks at Miami would solidify them as solid and vault them up the rankings, especially with a 4-1 ACC record at that point.
9)Virginia (3-4, 0-3)
The Cavs conference record of (0-3) is right on track, but the team is showing far more potential than expected. They’ve played great out of conference but just haven’t been able to get it done when facing an ACC foe. Their home game against Miami this weekend will give them a chance to bite the big dog on the ass. The Canes are coming off a big win against UNC and could be in let down mode.
10)Boston College (2-5, 0-4)
Not sure too many people saw an 0-4 start in conference play for the Eagles. Shaky QB play has been their major downfall this year. The game against Florida State was a prime example of how much it’s costing them. Turn a few of their field goals into TD’s and they upset the Noles. Things won’t get any easier this weekend with a suddenly resurgent Clemson team coming to town.
11)Wake Forest (2-5, 1-3)
The Deacons avoid the last place ranking in the poll this week, simply because they beat that last place team. Offensively, they have a ton of potential but they suffer from the same issue as Duke—no defense. After last second losses to Georgia Tech and Navy, they were blown out by Virginia Tech. The game this weekend against Maryland is somewhat winnable though.
12)Duke (1-6, 0-4)
It’s a shame the Blue Devils don’t have a defense. They feature two of the best wide receivers in the conference and a solid QB in Sean Renfree, but can’t a decent offense to save their lives. They’re staring at a 0-8 record, maybe 1-7 if they can pull a win against Virginia.