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ACC POWER RANKINGS: WEEK SIX

We’ll be providing our readers with game recaps and outlooks of what lies ahead for each member of the conference. We’ll also be listing any pertinent information for each team including injury news, roster updates, and the like.

This guy, amirite?
This guy, amirite?
Scott Cunningham

The influx of conference play this weekend has brought changes to this week's power rankings. For both divisions, disparity at the top is becoming more apparent, but ranking those trapped in the middle becomes increasingly more difficult. In the Atlantic, three members with at least two conference victories (Florida State, Clemson, and Louisville) makeup the upper class, whereas the other four teams have yet to muster a win. Although there's separation in the Coastal Division the gap isn't nearly as wide. Georgia Tech and Virginia remain unbeaten in conference play (2-0). Next in line is Virginia Tech and Pittsburgh (1-1). Then there's Miami sitting alone at 1-2, Duke Blue Devils at 0-1, and North Carolina staggering behind the pack winless in the conference.

Atlantic Division

1st - Florida State Seminoles 5-0 ACC: 3-0

AP/Coaches ranking: 1st/1st

Previous week: vs. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-4); Result: WIN 43-3

Next opponent: 10/11 12:00PM @ Syracuse Orange (2-3)

Wake Forest hung tough in the first half but Florida State ultimately prevailed and pummeled the Demon Deacons 43-3.

2nd - Clemson Tigers 3-2 ACC: 2-1

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/25th

Previous week: vs. N.C. State Wolfpack (4-2); Result: WIN 41-0

Next opponent: 10/11 3:30PM vs. Louisville Cardinals (5-1)

Freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson tallied 329 total yards and four touchdowns en route to the Tiger's dismantling of N.C. State. In addition, Clemson's defense held the Wolfpack to 154 yards and just 35 yards passing.

3rd - Louisville Cardinals 5-1 ACC: 3-1

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: @ Syracuse Orange (2-3); Result: WIN 28-6

Next opponent: 10/11 3:30PM @ Clemson Tigers (3-2)

Miami's defense aside, Louisville vs. Syracuse on Friday night was one of the most difficult things to watch this year in college football. The levels of ineptitude are too great to not be summed up by tweets. So here's a tweet:


4th - N.C. State Wolfpack 4-2 ACC: 0-2

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: @ Clemson Tigers (3-2); Result: LOSS 41-0

Next opponent: 10/11 3:30PM vs. Boston College Eagles (3-2)

How N.C. State managed 41 points against Florida State only to be held scoreless against Clemson is beyond me. Jacoby Brissett, 359 yards and three touchdowns against the Seminoles, left Death Valley with a mere 35 yards on 4 of 18 passing. That drastic change from week-to-week cannot be answered by well thought out commentary, but uniquely by #goacc.

5th - Syracuse Orange 2-3 ACC: 0-1

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: vs. Louisville Cardinals (5-1); Result: LOSS 28-6

Next opponent: 10/11 12:00PM vs. Florida State (5-0)

Bill Connelly is a brave man. So brave he brought the Louisville-Syracuse game to SB Nation's Football Study Hall. You can find it HERE.

6th - Boston College Eagles 3-2 ACC: 0-1

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: BYE; Result: N/A

Next opponent: 10/11 3:30PM @ N.C. State Wolfpack (4-2)

Both Boston College and N.C. State have experienced manic highs and lows as they near the halfway mark of the season. This matchup will tell how the middle of the Atlantic Division shapes going forward.

7th - Wake Forest Demon Deacons 2-4 ACC: 0-2

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: @ #1 Florida State Seminoles (5-0); Result: LOSS 43-3

Next opponent: BYE

Wake Forest has a bye before Syracuse comes to BB&T Field on October 18th.



Coastal Division

1st - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 5-0 ACC: 2-0

AP/Coaches ranking: 22nd/23rd

Previous week: vs. Miami Hurricanes (3-3); Result: WIN 28-17

Next opponent: 10/11 12:30PM vs. Duke Blue Devils (4-1)

Georgia Tech has done everything right this season, defeating Coastal contenders Virginia Tech and Miami, and in doing so vaulting themselves into first place in our power rankings.

2nd - Virginia Cavaliers 4-2 ACC: 2-0

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (3-3); Result: WIN 24-19

Next opponent: BYE

The Cavaliers stay unscathed after their first battle within the Coastal Division against Pittsburgh. Six games into the season, and having faced three ranked opponents, Virginia has a much needed week off to prepare for the Duke Blue Devils and their remaining conference adversaries.

3rd - Virginia Tech Hokies 4-2 ACC: 1-1

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: @ North Carolina Tar Heels (2-3); Result: WIN 34-17

Next opponent: BYE

ACC scheduling plan: Week six - Bye weeks for everybody! Virginia Tech bested a North Carolina squad fighting tooth and nail to crawl out from the mire. Now the Hokies sit one game behind Virginia and Georgia Tech. Virginia Tech's next contest is one of two consecutive Thursday night matchups: October 16th at Pittsburgh and October 23rd against Miami.

4th - Miami Hurricanes 3-3 ACC: 1-2

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-0); Result: LOSS 28-17

Next opponent: 10/11 12:00PM vs. Cincinnati Bearcats (2-2)

State of the U and Down the Drive prepare for Saturday's matchup:


5th - Duke Blue Devils 4-1 ACC: 0-1

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: BYE; Result: N/A

Next opponent: 10/11 12:30PM @ Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (5-0)

A win for Duke in Atlanta this Saturday makes the lead in the Coastal Division much more attainable for the Blue Devils and the other Coastal members.

6th - Pittsburgh Panthers 3-3 ACC: 1-1

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: @ Virginia Cavaliers (4-2); Result: LOSS 24-19

Next opponent: BYE

Pittsburgh has nearly two weeks to stop their current skid of three losses (Iowa, Akron, and Virginia) and to prepare for Virginia Tech.

7th - North Carolina Tar Heels 2-3 ACC: 0-2

AP/Coaches ranking: NR/NR

Previous week: vs. Virginia Tech Hokies (4-2); Result: LOSS 34-17

Next Opponent: 10/11 3:30PM @ #5 Notre Dame Fighting Irish (5-0)

North Carolina may have lost their matchup with Virginia Tech, but improvements were made. The Tar Heel defense didn't play with the general ineptitude they've become accustomed to playing with and even forced key turnovers to keep them in contention. Ultimately what brought North Carolina to 0-2 in the conference and 2-3 overall was the play of their offense. The Tar Heels surrendered three turnovers and went 2 for 13 on third down and failed to convert each fourth down try.



Conference Notes:

ACC vs. AAC (3-2)

ACC vs. Big Ten (1-3)

ACC vs. Big 12 (2-0)

ACC vs. PAC-12 (1-1)

ACC vs. SEC (0-1)



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