ACC Football Team Power Rankings Week 2: Florida State Grabs Top Spot

Isaiah ClarkCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2011

ACC Football Team Power Rankings Week 2: Florida State Grabs Top Spot

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    There weren't many surprises in Week 2. About the only surprise was Wake Forest upsetting NC State.  

    Other than that, the teams who were supposed to win did, but not all the victories were pretty.

    Virginia Tech struggled with ECU, North Carolina escaped from Rutgers, Clemson was able to shake free from Wofford and Virginia turned a blowout lead into a dramatic victory.

    A lot of question marks still remain with most of the teams within the ACC.

    The only clear cuts in the conference are who should be at the top of the division and who the cellar-dwellers are.

    This next week is full of non-conference rematches from a season ago. While Clemson vs. Auburn, Miami vs. Ohio State and Ga.Tech vs. Kansas are all big games in their own rights, there is no bigger game than FSU vs. Oklahoma in the country this week. FSU will look to avenge their embarrassing loss last season and reclaim a spot as one of the best football programs in the nation.

    There are two conference battles, North Carolina vs. Virginia and Boston College vs. Duke. I'm sorry, but I could careless about the Boston College and Duke game.

    Not much happened among the rankings, but next week has the capability of shaking some things up. 

    Week 1

12. Duke 0-2 (0-0) LW- 11

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    They kept it close for a half, then Andrew Luck and Stanford opened things up to send Duke to an 0-2 record after winning 44-14.

    Being at the bottom of the ACC is something they have become accustomed to and it doesn't look like it will be changing anytime soon.

    Yes, they do have a good shot of knocking off another terrible team in Boston College next week, but truthfully who cares.

    Next Game: at Boston College 9/17

11. Boston College 0-2 (0-0) LW- 10

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    This picture says it all to me. Boston College is down and out.  

    They were walloped in a 30-3 loss to Central Florida. Now they head home to play Duke who is also 0-2.

    It will be a battle of the cellar dwellers in the ACC. I wouldn't be shocked if the Blue Devils came in and stole a victory.

    My guess is that not many people will be watching this game.

    Next Game: vs. Duke 9/17

9. Wake Forest 1-1 (1-0) LW- 12

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    Just goes to show you what Wake Forest is capable of when Tanner Price is healthy. They had a good win against N.C. State after suffering a tough loss in overtime to Syracuse last week.

    More than likely they would probably be 2-0 right now instead of 1-1 had Price not gotten injured last week.

    He finished with 297 yards and one touchdown. Next week he will look to help his team get another victory and push their record to 2-1.

    It should be a pretty easy task as they are taking on Gardner-Webb. Another win could help with their confidence heading into Boston College in two weeks.

    Next Week: vs. Gardner-Webb 9/17

8. N.C. State 1-1 (0-0) LW- 7

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    They will look to rebound after a tough road loss to Wake Forest 34-27.

    Mike Glennon had a career-high 315 yards passing and three touchdowns despite the loss.

    Their defensive secondary needs to improve dramatically if they want to compete this year in the ACC. Before the season began I thought they would be a middle of the pack team in the conference, but after watching the game today they may be at the bottom of the totem pole.

    Next up is South Alabama, someone that should help them get back on the right track.  

    Next Game: vs. South Alabama 9/17

8. Virginia 2-0 (0-0) LW- 9

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    In a game where it looked like it was going to be a blow out, it came down to a fumble recovery and game winning field goal as time expired.

    The Cavaliers were leading the Hoosiers 23-3 in the third quarter. Then the Hoosiers score 28 unanswered points making it a 31-23 ball game in their favor. After scoring on their ensuing drive to tie it up at 31 a piece, the defense came up with a huge fumble recovery in Hoosier territory.

    Robert Randolph hit the game winning 23-yard field goal as time expired to give them the 34-31 victory.

    It was one heck of a game and one where Mike London's team never gave up after blowing a big lead.

    They travel to take on North Carolina next in their first conference game this season.

    Next Game: at North Carolina 9/17

7. Georgia Tech 2-0 (0-0) LW- 8

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    Tevin Washington had another good game throwing for 202 yards and two touchdowns on five completions. He also added two more scores on the ground.

    The offense is clicking on all cylinders through the first two games. We knew the triple option would produce for the running game, but no one knew that the passing game would be this good through two games.

    "We're real flexible," Washington said. "We can do a lot of different things with the ball."

    They will travel back home to face Kansas in hopes of improving their record to 3-0. They are coming off a high scoring victory over Northern Illinois 45-42. Their defense has been shaky so far this season and the triple option won't make things any easier for them.

    Next Week: vs. Kansas 9/17

6. Miami 0-1 (0-1) LW- 6

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    It's a rematch of last year's game that the Hurricanes felt they had in their grasp, but costly mistakes ended their chance of upsetting the Buckeyes.

    This time around they are hoping the game will end in their favor. 

    After watching the Buckeyes play today, I think there is a very good chance they can pull off the upset at home.

    Jacory Harris will be back after his week one suspension. They are hoping he can provide some spark in their passing game since Stephen Mooris didn't light things up against Maryland.

    They also need to clean up the mental mistakes from last game. Anything is possible when coming off a bye week, but I expect them to come out with some serious attitude to show everyone that they can still compete even after everything they've endured.

    A close game is my guess and if the Buckeyes can't stop Lamar Miller it could be a long day for their defense.

    Next Game: vs. Ohio State 9/17

5. Clemson 2-0 (0-0) LW- 5

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    I'm lost for words when it comes to Clemson. I know a win is a win, but how can you struggle so badly against Wofford. 35-27 was the final score.

    Two weeks in a row they have played some cupcakes and though they have won both games, it hasn't come easy.

    Next week they get a rematch against an Auburn team who has won two nail-bitters to start their season. There is no question that Clemson wants revenge from last years defeat, but the way they are playing right now I'm not sure they will get that.

    Either way Dabo Swinney needs to figure some things out and quick before Auburn makes it to Death Valley.

    Next Game: vs. Auburn 9/17

4. North Carolina 2-0 (0-0) LW- 4

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    It was a sloppy 24-22 victory for the Tar Heels, as they escaped the Scarlet Knights after a five turnover performance.

    Bryn Renner finished the game 20 of 26 for 273 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. His completion percentage is still phenomenal, but the three interceptions didn't help his team pull away in this one.

    Virginia comes to town in what will be a battle of two unbeaten teams and both being their conference openers.

    It's a tough game to pick, but I like the Tar Heels defense at home over the Cavaliers.

    Next Game: vs. Virginia 9/17

3. Maryland 1-0 (1-0) LW- 3

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    The Terrapins had a good opening week with a victory over their conference foe, the Hurricanes.

    They will look to keep things rolling when West Virginia comes to town next week. Having a week off to prepare for a solid Mountaineer team won't hurt their overall performance.  At least most fans will hope not.

    One thing they will need to do differently next week is finish their drives.  The offense moved the ball pretty efficiently against the Hurricanes, but were unable to put the game out of reach because they couldn't finish drives in the redzone.

    If they can do that, then I expect the game to end in another Terrapins victory.  It should be a close one though. 

    Next Game: vs. West Virginia 9/17

2. Virginia Tech 2-0 (0-0) LW- 1

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    Time to eat my words. Last week I made the comment that I felt in order for the Hokies to be knocked off from the top spot would be if someone beat them. 

    Well today against East Carolina that almost became a quick reality. Their offense was flat out ugly and only managed 17 points in a 17-10 win.  If it weren't for the defense they would have been going home with a loss.

    Since they didn't impress me AT ALL, I decided to put them where they belong, right behind FSU.

    They get another lesser opponent in Arkansas St. next week, so I expect a win but after watching today's game anything is possible.

    Next Week: vs. Arkansas St. 9/17

1. Florida State 2-0 (0-0) LW- 2

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    Back where they belong?  I think so. 

    Right at the top of the ACC rankings.

    FSU put up 62 points in their 62-10 shellacking of Charleston Southern.  The running game is still missing from the offense and they had way too many mental lapses with their penalties. With that being said they looked a heck of a lot better than Va. Tech, albeit they played a better team.

    Now it's time to focus on the next task at hand, Oklahoma.  A win here would certainly catapult the 'Noles up the rankings and would create a buzz nation wide.  A buzz that states, "THEY ARE BACK."

    Jimbo Fisher and Mark Stoops will have this team better prepared than last season. Not to mention we will finally see the offense runs something other than their vanilla scheme.

    This should be a great game, but as long as the 'Noles win I could careless how it's played.

    Next Game: vs. Oklahoma 9/17