ACC Expansion: Power Ranking the New ACC After Conference Realignment

John Heinis@HeinisHardNewsSenior Analyst ISeptember 18, 2011

ACC Expansion: Power Ranking the New ACC After Conference Realignment

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    The ACC looks like it will go from 12 teams to 14 sooner than later, as the Big East's Pittsburgh and Syracuse have filed the paperwork to switch conferences. 

    If the division transfers work out as planned, where do the Panthers and the Orange fit in with the current ACC landscape?

    Let's take a look inside and see where each team ranks within the ACC after the inclusion of Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

14. Boston College

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    The Eagles haven't been good since the Bill Romanowski days.  

    That trend isn't going to change anytime soon.  

13. Duke

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    When's the last time Duke beat anyone in the ACC besides Boston College?

    But, seriously, Duke isn't a football school. Whether or not the boys from the Mid East come to a new conference, Duke will still be a bottom feeder.  

12. Miami

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    Miami is another football program whose best days are far behind them. 

    The Hurricanes, national title contenders about a decade ago, are basically content to finish at .500 at this point.  

11. Wake Forest

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    Wake Forest has been terrible since winning the EagleBank Bowl in 2008. 

    That basically sums up the Demon Deacons in the past few years, although they have given fans some glimpses of hope in 2011.  

10. Virginia

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    Virginia loses essentially every worthwhile recruit to Virginia Tech, so they basically always have a pretty underwhelming squad. 

    The Cavaliers have basically been doomed towards the bottom of the conference forever.  

9. Syracuse

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    They had a decent 2010 and are off to a good start this season, but the ACC is certainly a more talented conference than the Big East. 

    Syracuse needs to rattle off a few wins in their new conference before they get the benefit of the doubt. 

8. Georgia Tech

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    Georgia Tech was nationally ranked in 2008, but they just haven't been able to recapture the magic amidst a competitive ACC conference. 

    That is, perhaps, until now, as they are off to a 3-0 start in 2011. 

7. Pittsburgh

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    Pittsburgh won the Big East title for the second time in 2011, but they did it with a record of 7-5. The Panthers always have a great run game, but quarterback play has been spotty at best for quite a while.

    They have some playmakers on defense, as well, but for now, it's hard to imagine them hanging with the elite of the ACC. 

6. North Carolina

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    Known for their basketball program, the Tar Heels are no slouches on the football field either. Recent issues with the NCAA have taken their toll on the school, but they remain a talented bunch.  

    North Carolina is 3-0 in 2011, so let's see where they go from here.  

5. North Carolina State

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    NC State finished 2010 ranked 25th in the nation, so it was a pretty solid season for the Wolfpack. 

    They were already upset by Wake Forest this season, though, so perhaps it will be an off-year for North Carolina State. 

4. Maryland

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    Maryland finished 2010 ranked 23rd overall and winning the Military Bowl in dominant fashion.  

    The Terrapins proved they can hang with just about anyone, dropping a close game to West Virginia (37-31) in Week 3. 

3. Clemson

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    Clemson will likely be nationally ranked after their 38-24 victory over defending national champs Auburn.

    After an off-year in 2010, it looks like the Tigers are right back on track.   

2. Virginia Tech

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    A perennial contender, Virginia Tech always has an outside shot to make the national title game.  

    So far so good for the Hokies in 2011, as they have started off the season 3-0. 

1. Florida State

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    Currently ranked No. 5 in the nation, winning seasons are commonplace for the Seminoles. 

    A showdown with No. 1 Oklahoma in Week 3 will give us a good indication of how far this team can go this year.