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BSD Staff Week 9 ACC Power Rankings

Does anybody really want to win the Coastal?

NCAA Football: Louisville at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Our weekly ACC football power rankings are back, and they are even more of a mess every single week.

How it works: Each writer gives a ranking and a brief description. All rankings are averaged and compiled into an overall ranking.

Composite ACC Power Rankings

1) Clemson (8-0, 6-0)

Average Ranking: 1

Highest Ranking: 1

Lowest Ranking: 1

Last week: 1 (No Change)

2) Wake Forest (6-1, 2-1)

Average Ranking: 2

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 2

Last Week: 2 (No Change)

3) Louisville (5-3, 3-2)

Average Ranking: 3

Highest Ranking: 3

Lowest Ranking: 3

Last Week: 5 (Up Two Spots)

4) Virginia (5-3, 3-2)

Average Ranking: 4

Highest Ranking: 4

Lowest Ranking: 4

Last Week: 4 (No Change)

5) North Carolina (4-4, 3-2)

Average Ranking: 5

Highest Ranking: 5

Lowest Ranking: 5

Last Week: 10 (Up Five Spots)

Tie-6) Florida State (4-4, 3-3)

Average Ranking: 7

Highest Ranking: 6

Lowest Ranking: 8

Last Week: 9 (Up Three Spots)

Tie-6) Pittsburgh (5-3, 2-2)

Average Ranking: 7

Highest Ranking: 6

Lowest Ranking: 10

Last Week: 3 (Down Three Spots)

8) Virginia Tech (5-2, 2-2)

Average Ranking: 9.2

Highest Ranking: 7

Lowest Ranking: 11

Last Week: Tie-6 (Down Two Spots)

9) Duke (4-4, 2-3)

Average Ranking: 9.6

Highest Ranking: 7

Lowest Ranking: 12

Last Week: Tie-6 (Down Three Spots)

10) Miami (4-4, 2-3)

Average Ranking: 9.8

Highest Ranking: 7

Lowest Ranking: 12

Last Week: 12 (Up Two Spots)

11) North Carolina State (4-3, 1-2)

Average Ranking: 10.4

Highest Ranking: 9

Lowest Ranking: 12

Last Week: 11 (No Change)

12) Boston College (4-4, 2-3)

Average Ranking: 10.6

Highest Ranking: 8

Lowest Ranking: 11

Last Week: 8 (Down Four Spots)

13) Georgia Tech (2-5, 1-3)

Average Ranking: 13.4

Highest Ranking: 13

Lowest Ranking: 14

Last Week: 13 (Up One Spot)

14) Syracuse (3-5, 0-4)

Average Ranking: 13.6

Highest Ranking: 13

Lowest Ranking: 14

Last Week: 14 (Down One Spot)


1) Clemson: DUH

2) Wake Forest: Bye week, so we sat back and watched the chaos.

3) Louisville: I guess? Solid win over UVA and I’m not sure who else goes here.

4) UVA: Probably the best team in the coastal. Loss at Louisville shouldn’t hurt that them that much.

5) UNC: They got lucky that Duke ran the dumbest play I’ve ever seen. All 4 losses are by 1 score so I guess thats ok.

6) Pitt: Lost to Miami at home. The Coastal is confusing.

7) Duke: Ran the stupidest play I’ve ever seen.

8) FSU: They killed Syracuse, which basically means nothing.

9) Miami: One week they lose to the worst team in the conference, the next they beat the best team in the coastal. I have no idea what to do with the U.

10) BC: Killed by Clemson, doesn’t really change anything.

11) VT: Bye week

12) NC State: Bye Week

13) Syracuse: They are still winless in conference play. I still think they’d beat GT

14) Georgia Tech: Bye Week


1) Clemson: Undefeated still.... the class of the ACC

2) Wake Forest: holds on to the second spot while being idle, big test against in state rival, NC State state before a couple of road trips.

3) Louisville: I don’t know what to do after the top two but Louisville gets it this week after beating Virginia.

4) Virginia: The Coastal is weird but I still think this defense can carry them.

5) UNC: took care of their biggest rival last week in a close game.

6) Pittsburgh: Losing to the lowly Hurricanes has to be tough after such a great start to the season.

7) Virginia Tech: Quietly 5-2, victors in the crazy 6OT game.

8) Florida State: talented but still haven’t solidified the signal caller decision.

9) NC State: victors at home but unable to win on the road, let’s hope this continues.

10) Boston College: can’t really fault them for losing to Clemson but not covering 35 points is.... tough.

11) Miami: Big win over the Panthers but it shouldn’t be in terms of talent.

12) Duke: gut punch loss to the UNC Tar Heels. Struggling as of late.

13) Georgia Tech: HUGE win against Miami gives them infinitely more conference wins than the Orange

14) Syracuse: winless in the conference still somehow...


1) Clemson: Obviously.

2) Wake Forest: Also obvious.

After this it’s a mess, but here.

3) Louisville: Beat Wake, and is 5-3. Also beat UVA.

4) UVA: I think this makes sense? Mostly?

5) UNC: They’re the inverse of Wake in that they’ve been losing close games but could easily be much better.

6) FSU: Something something raw talent something something.

7) Pitt: Still 5-3 but losing to Miami? Dang.

8) Boston College: Putting them here because they have an all-conference type player.

9) Duke: Meh.

10) NC State: Sure.

11) Virginia Tech: They’re 5-3, but that’s with two FCS wins.

12) Miami: Should probably be a little higher but is anyone really gonna get bent out of shape about specifics down here,

13) Georgia Tech: Finally decided they’re not the worst because they have a conference win and are very obviously in transition, unlike...

14) Syracuse: To go from an early season ranking to this? WOOF.


1) Clemson: Don’t need to explain this one

2) Wake: Game up on everyone else and hopefully get Jamie Newman back this week

3) Louisville: They’ve truly turned it up the last few weeks. Great coaching hire and insane WRs

4) UVA: I mean sure?

5) UNC: Man look 4-9 are bad

6) FSU: Is Hornibrook the answer? No but Cam Akers sure is

7) Miami: Im still a truther

8) VT: Sneakily have been fine?

9) NC State: I still believe

10) Pittsburgh: Really hard when you don’t have a QB to win games!

11) BC: sure

12) Duke: bunch of frauds here

13) Syracuse: I still cant say they’re worse than GT

14) GT: I still dont want to talk about it


1) Clemson: Still don't understand how they’re only the fourth best team in the nation.

2) Wake Forest: The best of the rest of the conference, and they still won't challenge Clemson.

3) Louisville: Scott Satterfield may be orchestrating one of the fastest rebuilds in the history of college football. Or the ACC is just REALLY, REALLY bad this year.

4) Virginia: Losing another game hurts, but they’re still better than everyone else below them.

5) North Carolina: Benefited from a really bad play call at the end of the game, and still may be the biggest positive surprise of the Coastal.

6) Pitt: A bad loss to a Miami team that's not good.

7) Florida State: Man this team is confusing. Looked pretty good against Cuse this past week.

8) Duke: One of the worst play calls I have ever seen may have cost them the division.

9) Virginia Tech: I still don't really know what to make of the Hokies.

10) Miami: This team is one of the most confusing I have ever seen.

11) Boston College: Just not a great team. Couldn't do anything against Clemson.

12) NC State: This team is on their third different starting quarterback of the season, and that may not even be their biggest problem.

13) Georgia Tech: It’s gonna be a long rebuild in Atlanta.

14) Syracuse: Still winless in the conference. What a fall from a preseason ranked team.

How would you all rank the ACC? Comment below. If you’re a fan of another school, feel free to weigh in on your team’s ranking and season as well.