1. Florida State (11-0, 8-0 ACC) Last Week 1
Result: (W 80-14 vs. Idaho)
This Week: at Florida
After consecutive weeks of scoring "just" 59 points, the Florida State Seminoles decided to hang
man 80 on Idaho. Jameis Winston has all but locked up the Heisman at this point given his continued spectacular play and Marcus Mariota as well as Johnny Manziel have struggled as of late. Now Florida State will take on a Florida team who just lost to Georgia Southern despite the fact that Georgia Southern failed to complete a pass in the game. The Seminoles will win this one in a rout.. #Hei5man
A serious question for those more knowledgeable than I am- how many future NFL players are on this FSU roster? It just seems like they have NFL talent everywhere.
2. Clemson (10-1, 7-1 ACC) Last Week 2
Result: (W 52-6 vs. Citadel)
This Week: at South Carolina
Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns on his senior day as Clemson demolished Citadel 52-6. An emotional takeaway from this game was wide receiver Daniel Rodriguez, who spent five years in the army and is a Purple Heart recipient, scored a touchdown on Clemson's Military Appreciation Day. Rodriguez is part of an offense that can do anything they want against Citadel and it was tremendous to see Dabo Swinney and his staff/players choose to get Rodriguez a touchdown. Clemson will now travel to Columbia to take on their arch-rival South Carolina Gamecocks. If Clemson can win either their game against South Carolina, it will be their first season of 11 or more regular season wins since their 1981 national championship season.
3. North Carolina (6-5, 4-3 ACC) Last Week 4
Result: (W 80-20 vs. Old Dominion)
This Week: vs. Duke
Larry Fedora brought in Roy Williams to be the offensive coordinator this week and the Tar Heels dropped 80 on Old Dominion. Their 80-20 victory was their fifth in a row and helped them become bowl eligible. North Carolina will now take on their arch-rival in the Duke Blue Devils this Saturday with the opportunity to prevent them from winning the Coastal. I fully anticipate that North Carolina wins this game and ruins the Blue Devils' dream season.
4. Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) Last Week 3
Result: (W 28-21 at Wake Forest)
This Week: at North Carolina
Duke struggled early, but ultimately took care of business in their 28-21 victory over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. I was not overly impressed with this team, but none of that matters because they are a win over North Carolina away from winning the Coastal. It's exceptional what Duke is doing with relatively minimal talent. This team is a prime example of how important coaching is in college sports.
5. Boston College (7-4, 4-3 ACC) Last Week 5
Result: (W 29-26 at Maryland)
This Week: at Syracuse
This is the part of the power rankings where I get on a soap box. If Andre Williams is not invited to New York City for the Heisman Trophy, then the voters simply are not capable of recognizing excellence. He has already rushed for 2,073 yards and he has only played in 11 games. In his past three games he has rushed for 897 yards and six touchdowns. That is not a typo. I'm not saying Williams should win, but his numbers are the kind of numbers you get when you play NCAA 14 on junior varsity difficulty. Our friends at BCInterruption have done an exceptional job compiling his numbers. At this point I wouldn't be surprised if I found out Andre Williams was Batman. So voters, I don't care if you call him Andre 2000, Andre Two Stacks or use the #Andre44Heisman, but just vote for the man here.
6. Virginia Tech (7-4, 4-3 ACC) Last Week 6
This Week: at Virginia
Virginia Tech has had several puzzling losses this year, especially their loss to Maryland last weekend, but I believe Virginia Tech will still be playing against Florida State in the ACC Championship. All the Hokies have to do is beat woeful Virginia and hope that UNC beats Duke. I firmly believe that both of those things will happen. If it does, then we'll be able to play the always fun transitive property game because Virginia Tech will have played both Alabama and FSU.
7. Miami (8-3, 4-3 ACC) Last Week 7
Result: (W 45-26 vs. Virginia)
This Week: at Pittsburgh (Friday)
This was a fairly dominant performance from Miami, but a team that was 3-0 in the ACC just under a month ago, has now lost three of their last four games. In order for Miami to win the Coastal they must beat Pittsburgh on Friday, and hope that Duke loses to UNC and Virginia Tech loses to Virginia. I don't like their chances.
8. Georgia Tech (7-4, 5-3 ACC) Last Week 8
Result: (W 66-7 vs. Alabama A&M)
This Week: vs. Georgia
Georgia Tech took care of Alabama....A&M this past weekend by the score of 66-7. Nothing really to say about this one. Georgia Tech can still win the Coastal, but they need Pittsburgh to beat Miami, UNC to beat Duke and Virginia to beat Virginia Tech. I wouldn't count on all of that happening, but now that Aaron Murray is out for the season, it's very possible that the Yellow Jackets could beat the Bulldogs.
9. Pittsburgh (6-5, 3-4 ACC) Last Week 9
Result: (W 17-16 at Syracuse)
This Week: vs. Miami (Friday)
Pittsburgh became bowl eligible with their road victory over Syracuse. Pittsburgh's star defensive lineman Aaron Donald recorded 3.5 tackles for loss and blocked Syracuse's first extra point attempt, which turned out to be the difference in Pittsburgh's one point victory over the Orange. The Panthers will now take on Miami and for whatever reason I'm leaning towards Pittsburgh.
10. Syracuse (5-6, 3-4 ACC) Last Week 10
Result: (L 17-16 vs. Pittsburgh)
This Week: vs. Boston College
Syracuse has one final shot to become bowl eligible when they take on a Boston College team that is on a roll. Syracuse is 28th nationally in rush defense and they will need their best effort in order to try and contain Andre Williams. Even though this one is in the Carrier Dome, I still think Boston College gets it done.
11. Maryland (6-5, 2-5 ACC) Last Week 11
Result: (L 29-26 vs. Boston College)
This Week: at North Carolina State
Maryland has had some exciting finishes the past few weeks. Last week they won in overtime at Blacksburg and this week after falling down 26-24, they block the extra point attempt and return it for two points to tie it up. Unfortunately for the Terps, David Freese nailed a 52 yard field goal as time expired to beat the Terps. The good news for Maryland, however, is that they are traveling to Raleigh this week to take on a North Carolina State team who has yet to win a conference game.
12. Wake Forest (4-7, 2-6 ACC) Last Week 12
Result: (L 28-21 vs. Duke)
This Week: at Vanderbilt
Wake Forest was officially eliminated from bowl consideration with their loss to Duke. The Deacs were up 14-0, but Duke tied it up by halftime and ultimately won 28-21. The season isn't technically over for the Deacs, but it feels like it. What was supposed to be a very good year for the Deacs turned into a bitter disappointment. Wake Forest defeated Presbyterian and Army out of conference, and Wake's two ACC wins came over opponents who have a combined two ACC conference wins. This team should have been much better, but the players were continually not put in positions to succeed. Watching the Duke game, it was clear that Wake Forest has very comparable talent, just not comparable instruction.
13. North Carolina State (3-8, 0-7 ACC) Last Week 13
Result: (L 42-28 vs. East Carolina)
This Week: vs. Maryland
North Carolina State needs a new marketing campaign, because "Our State" is just false advertising at this point. The Wolfpack have played all of the other four FBS teams from the state of North Carolina and went 0-4. They lost those games by a combined 62 points, or a little more than two touchdowns per contest. They will now host Maryland to try and avoid going winless in the ACC for the first time since 1959.
14. Virginia (2-9, 0-7 ACC) Last Week 14
Result: (L 45-26 at Miami)
This Week: vs. Virginia Tech
Virginia has not won a game in more than two months and it has been nearly three months since they defeated an FBS team. They have been recruiting fairly well, and have two top of the top 12 recruits coming in next season, but they just haven't been producing results. I wouldn't recommend making a coaching decision based on his recruiting class, especially considering how subject to change football verbal commits are.