After week 1, the ACC isn't much clearer than it was before the season started. FSU looks great, literally anyone can win the Coastal Division, Wake is LOLz bad, and if you play a terrible team in week 1, you'll likely win.
Here's how we think the ACC is stacked up right now after the first weekend.
1. Florida State Seminoles (1-0, 0-0)
Although they didn't look as great as everyone expected, the Noles took care of business against Oklahoma State this past weekend, new logo and uniforms and everything. Key takeaway from the game was that Jameis Winston had a Cam Newton against LSU heisman-like run for a TD. Oh, and everyone likes making crab jokes.
2. Clemson Tigers (0-1, 0-0)
UGA got revenge on the Tigers for beating them last year in the opening weekend. It was close in the beginning, before Chad Morris seemed to take his foot off the gas pedal allowing the Bulldogs to pull ahead and step on Clemson's throat thanks to Todd "Man" Gurley. Georgia is looking to be at the top of the SEC and the country, so an away loss to the Dawgs shouldn't kill Clemson.
3. Louisville Cardinals (1-0, 1-0)
In the Cardinal's first game sans Teddy Bridgewater and Charlie Strong, Louisville took care of business. The ACC team knew they would be good, but the beat'em down they gave Miami seems to indicate they might be stronger than expected.
4. Duke Blue Deviles (1-0, 0-0)
Duke beat Elon pretty badly. It's Elon. The Blue Devils are the reigning Coastal Division Champs and haven't shown they're going to take a step back yet, so they get ranked 4th. It was Elon.
5. VPISU (1-0, 0-0)
Hokies beat William and Mary. It's William and Mary. I don't know anyone that even watched the game, so I can't tell you anything about it. They held the Tribe to 9 points, so that's good? It was William and Mary.
6. North Carolina Tar Heels (1-0, 0-0)
Heels took care of Liberty. It's Liberty. Similar to the VPISU and Duke game, nobody watched, and nobody can tell you anything about the game other than UNC scored a lot of points (56). It was Liberty.
7. Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0, 0-0)
Like many others in the ACC, Pitt beat a terrible D1-AA (FCS?) handily. Things to take away (I have no idea): Pitt scored a lot of points and pitched a shutout. It was Delaware.
8. Miami Hurricanes (0-1, 0-1)
The Hurricanes had some fancy new jerseys in their season opener. They traveled to Louisville and get beat pretty badly. Duke Johnson ended up almost getting to 100 yards, but was not the machine many expected coming into the season and averaged only 4.5 yards a carry. The Canes were also breaking in a true Freshman QB in Brad Kaaya and he showed that he was a freshman.
9. UVa (0-1, 0-1)
Guess what? Stop me if you've heard this before, but UVa has a QB controversy.... Mike London doesn't think so, but literally everyone else on the planet does. Hoos defense played extremely well against UCLA and held the Bruins' Heisman hopeful Brett Hundley in check. Unfortunately, play calling and three terrible turnovers did the Cavaliers in.
10. Boston College Golden Eagles (1-0, 0-0)
The Golden Eagles took care of a pretty good (so people tell me) UMass team. BC ran the ball well racking up more than 300 yards on the ground to go along with more than 150 yards through the air. If BC can run like that against everyone (they won't), they could be a legit team this season. Again though, it was UMass.
11. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0, 0-0)
Yellow Jackets beat Wofford. The Terriers. If you watched this game, let me know, because we need to have a talk. It was Wofford.
12. Syracuse Orange (1-0, 0-0)
Cuse opened up the 2014 season taking on Philadelphia powerhouse Villanova. They proceeded to play a tight, double overtime game before squeaking it out. Not to take anything away from the Wildcats, but they're still a D1-AA team. Should not be that close, Syracuse. It was Villanova.
13. N.C. State Wolfpack (0-1, 0-0)
The Wolfpack took a look at what Georgia Southern did to Florida last year and said "Yea, let me get some of that!" GA Southern had an impressive ground attack against NC St that allowed them to control most of the game. In the end, NC St pulled it out thanks to a long TD pass with 1:37 left in the game to take a 24-23 lead. That probably won't fly against Clemson, FSU, and many others in the ACC.
14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (0-1, 0-0)
Jesus Christ, that was ugly. Wake didn't put up 100 yards total. They ended the game with -3 rushing yards. Good God. ULM has been good in years past, but come on!
Here is how the voting broke down among the STL writers.
|NCSU||NC St||NCSU||NCSU||NCSU||NCSU||NC St||Syracuse||NC State||NC St||12.88|
|Wake||Wake||Wake Forset||Wake||Wake Forest||Wake||Wake||Wake||Wake Forest||Wake||14|
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