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BSD Staff Week 11 ACC Power Rankings

Clemson reigns supreme

NCAA Football: Clemson at North Carolina State Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson clinched the Atlantic Division title and a trip to Charlotte with their win this week over NC State. They remain atop the Power Rankings, and would still remain at the top even if they lost.

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 (10-0, 7-0)

Average Ranking: 1

Highest Ranking: 1

Lowest Ranking: 1

Last week: 1 (No Change)

2) Virginia (7-3, 5-2)

Average Ranking: 2.5

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 4

Last Week: 3 (Up One Spot)

3) Wake Forest (7-2, 3-2)

Average Ranking: 3.75

Highest Ranking: 3

Lowest Ranking: 5

Last Week: 2 (Down One Spot)

4) Virginia Tech (6-3, 3-2)

Average Ranking: 4.33

Highest Ranking: 2

Lowest Ranking: 5

Last Week: 5 (Up One Spot)

5) Miami (6-4, 4-3)

Average Ranking: 4.75

Highest Ranking: 4

Lowest Ranking: 6

Last Week: 7 (Up Two Spots)

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

Average Ranking: 6

Highest Ranking: 5

Lowest Ranking: 7

Last Week: 6 (No Change)

7) Louisville (5-4, 3-3)

Average Ranking: 7.25

Highest Ranking: 7

Lowest Ranking: 8

Last Week: 3 (Down Four Spots)

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

Average Ranking: 8.25

Highest Ranking: 6

Lowest Ranking: 11

Last Week: 8 (No Change)

9) Florida State (5-5, 4-4)

Average Ranking: 9.25

Highest Ranking: 9

Lowest Ranking: 10

Last Week: 11 (Up Two Spots)

Tie-10) Duke (4-5, 2-3)

Average Ranking: 10

Highest Ranking: 9

Lowest Ranking: 11

Last Week: 10 (No Change)

Tie-10) Boston College (5-5, 3-4)

Average Ranking: 10

Highest Ranking: 8

Lowest Ranking: 11

Last Week: 8 (Down Two Spots)

12) North Carolina State (4-5, 1-4)

Average Ranking: 12

Highest Ranking: 12

Lowest Ranking: 12

Last Week: 12 (No Change)

13) Georgia Tech (2-7, 1-5)

Average Ranking: 13

Highest Ranking: 13

Lowest Ranking: 13

Last Week: 13 (No Change)

14) Syracuse (3-6, 0-5)

Average Ranking: 14

Highest Ranking: 14

Lowest Ranking: 14

Last Week: 14 (No Change)

Individual ACC Power Rankings


1) Clemson: Of course

2) Virginia: Still the best team in the coastal, as of right now

3) VT: Every since they benched Ryan Willis they have been really good

4) Miami: Seems like they’ve figured they’re QB situation out too. Currently on a 3 game win streak

5) Wake Forest: Couple of injuries hurt, but poor play calling and defense have been problematic this season.

6) UNC: Bye

7) Pitt: Bye

8) Louisville: Got beat pretty badly by Miami.

9) Duke: Smashed by Notre Dame, as expected.

10) FSU: Close win over BC, not great, not terrible.

11) BC: They killed Syracuse, which basically means nothing.

12) NC State: Stomped by Clemson for their 2nd straight blow out loss in a row.

13) GT: Put up a solid fight against UVA

14) Syracuse: Bye


1) Clemson: get a chance to play the second best team in the Atlantic this week.

2) Virginia: big win over UNC, great at home (5-0).

3) Wake Forest: holds onto this spot by a thread. Likely falls a little bit with more conference losses.

4) Miami: starting to become really scary despite their record.

5) Virginia Tech: dominated the Deacs on both sides of the ball

6) Pittsburgh: Quietly solid

7) Louisville: got absolutely smoked by Miami

8) UNC: talented but another L.

9) Florida State: big win over BC without a permanent head coach.

10) BC: Brutal loss to Florida State having an interim coach.

11) Duke: Honestly, there’s a lot of teams at or one game below .500.

12) NC State: QB problems will be the story... can’t wint on the road.

13) Georgia Tech: getting better but still a couple years out.

14) Syracuse: still winless in conference play somehow


1) Clemson

2) Virginia Tech: Do I really think they’re overall better than Wake? Probably not, but they just spanked us head to head and have the inside track to win the Coastal at this point in my estimation.

3) Wake Forest: One bad week does not a bad team make.

4) UVA: Still really solid within the conference and I think the UVA/VT grudge match will decide the Coastal winner which as an unbiased observer is fun.

5) Pitt: Bowl eligible! Good on ya.

6) Miami: See above.

7) Louisville: Pretty much right in the middle of the pack. I anticipate a bowl for these folks.

8) Boston College: Not getting super ugly yet...

9) FSU: Coaching change appears to have really done something but for this season it’s a little too little too late.

10) Duke: I think they’re the best ACC North Carolina School not named Wake Forest this season but wow what a gap.

11) UNC: *shrug* You could make an argument for these guys though.

12) NC State

13) Georgia Tech

14) Syracuse


1) Clemson: ACC Atlantic Division champs yet again. They should roll to the playoff.

2) Virginia: In the driver’s seat for the Coastal Division championship.

3) Virginia Tech: Could be the hottest team in the league right now other than Clemson. Peaking at the right time.

4) Wake Forest: Tough road loss. Not going to be the special season some thought it could be.

5) Miami: Rounding into decent form after an ugly start to the season.

6) Pitt: Still not entirely sure what to make of the rest of the conference.

7) Louisville: Still some nice wins and still ahead of schedule in the rebuild in spite of Saturday’s loss.

8) North Carolina: Another close loss. Will probably still end up in a bowl.

9) Florida State: Willie Taggart was canned and the team played better.

10) Duke: They may or may not make a bowl. Only time will tell.

11) Boston College: Lost to a bad Florida State team. Another rebuilding year.

12) NC State: Headed for one of the most disappointing seasons in recent years. Many are calling for Dave Doeren’s job.

13) Georgia Tech: Still a long ways to go before the Jackets are competitive again.

14) Syracuse: Still winless in the conference. They may not win a single conference game.