It’s now time for the fifth edition of the series in which we attempt to rank the Atlantic Coast Conference football teams in our weekly power rankings series in 2020. There are no divisions this year, and Notre Dame is a member of the conference for this year only to add to the weirdness of the season. Without further ado, here are the rankings:
1) Clemson Tigers (7-0, 6-0)
Last Week: 1 (No Change)
2) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (6-0, 5-0)
Last Week: 2 (No Change)
3) Miami Hurricanes (5-1, 4-1)
Last Week: 3 (No Change)
T-4) North Carolina Tar Heels (4-2, 4-2)
Last Week: 4 (No Change)
T-4) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-2, 3-2)
Last Week: 5 (+1 Spot)
6) NC State Wolfpack (4-2, 4-2)
Last Week: 6 (No Change)
7) Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2, 4-2)
Last Week: 7 (No Change)
8) Boston College Eagles (4-3, 3-3)
Last Week: 8 (No Change)
9) Virginia Cavaliers (2-4, 2-4)
Last Week: 13 (+4 Spots)
10) Louisville Cardinals (2-5, 1-5)
Last Week: 11 (+1 Spot)
11) Pittsburgh Panthers (3-4, 2-4)
Last Week: 10 (-1 Spot)
12) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-5, 2-4)
Last Week: 9 (-3 Spots)
13) Florida State Seminoles (2-4, 1-4)
Last Week: 12 (-1 Spot)
14) Duke Blue Devils (2-5, 1-5)
Last Week: 14 (No Change)
15) Syracuse Orange (1-6, 1-5)
Last Week: 15 (No Change)
1. Clemson: I’m taking Clemson and the points this weekend.
2. Notre Dame: The offense is still bad. They are going to want a grind it out type of game vs. Clemson and won’t get it.
3. Miami: Someone has to be 3 and they’ve honestly been solid.
4. North Carolina: I think their offense is better than Wake’s. It’s really tough for me to put them here, but I really think unless Wake wins UNC should be the higher ranked team (that defense is still putrid).
5. Wake Forest: *claps in Dave Clawson* get healthy boys.
6. Virginia Tech: What Wake did to this team should be remembered for years.
7. Boston College: Process of elimination here as well; still think they need to find a run game or else Jurk’s arm is gonna fall off.
8. NC State: Losing Leary to a dirty hit sucks so badly for them. Hopefully, they can keep things together x2.
9. Virginia: With Armstrong back they are an ANNOYING team.
10. Louisville: After 8 it starts being a dumpster fire so I guess?
11. Georgia Tech: This team is just annoying x2.
12. Florida State: Maybe 2022?
13. Pitt: Stinks man.
14. Duke: LOL Chase Brice is even worse than I thought and now Mark Gilbert said screw this.
15. Syracuse: This team is inexcusably bad and hurt
1. Clemson- they’d probably have to lose 2 games to lose from this top spot.
2. Miami- until they lose to a team that isn’t Clemson, I like the Canes for the 2nd spot.
3. Notre Dame- Kind of a toss up between Miami and ND tbh for 3, but I think they’ve had an easier schedule.
4. NC State- I think 4 through 7 are going to be pretty interchangeable.
5. Wake Forest- the defense continues to improve. The offense remains a little inconsistent and too reliant on big plays.
6. Virginia Tech- Their offense is very good, but the defense gives up so many yards (like a 90 yard TD run with 8 seconds left in the half).
7. North Carolina- I feel like they are actually the 4th best team in the conference, but they somehow keep losing to awful teams.
8. Boston College- I doubted the Eagles early but I think they have proven they are actually a solid team this year.
9. Virginia- I guess? Feels like 9 through 12 are going to all be pretty evenly mediocre.
10. Pitt- Still on a 4 game losing streak.
11. Louisville- They still have 1 conference win but I feel like they have the talent to be competitive down the stretch
12. Georgia Tech- 3 game losing streak, but 1 more ACC win than FSU so I guess that’s good?
13. Florida State- Still just 1 ACC win, but definitely the most talent of the bottom 3 teams.
14. Duke- They beat Charlotte, which means something, I guess.
15. Syracuse- They continue to be Syracuse.
1) Clemson: Even if they lose to Notre Dame this weekend without Trevor Lawrence they may still be the best team in the conference.
2) Notre Dame: If they blowout Clemson they could move up to #1.
3) Miami: Still just one loss and it’s to Clemson so they are in good shape.
4) North Carolina: Two bad losses, but probably the best potential of the remaining teams.
5) Wake Forest: They keep finding a way to win, and are looking better week-to-week. The Carolina game should tell us a lot about this team.
6) NC State: The injury to Devin Leary really hurt them. This offense has struggled so far without him, but they still have some solid wins.
7) Virginia Tech: If this team can get healthy they can challenge for the fourth spot and maybe knock off one of the top three.
8) Boston College: Hung in there with Clemson for three quarters and looks like a decent team.
9) Virginia: Better than their record indicates. Could be an issue for some teams going forward.
10) Pitt: This team has been disappointing given their talent. I expected them to be better, and they have underperformed all year.
11) Louisville: They have some talent, but have struggled to pull it all together. Expect them to be competitive and potentially move up going forward.
12) Georgia Tech: Shown some promise, but needs a couple of more years to get comfortable with the new system.
13) Florida State: They have a lot of talent, but it’s going to be a tough uphill battle the rest of the season.
14) Duke: This might be it for David Cutcliffe. Chase Brice has underperformed, and it’s been an all-around disappointing season for the Blue Devils.
15) Syracuse: Man this team is bad. Too many injuries and a lack of key eligible players.
It’s still a very odd season. These rankings will change every week (except Clemson barring a shocking upset). Do you agree with our rankings? Comment below.