Another week down and another loss for NC State against an actual opponent. OH HOW SWEET IT IS!
By this time we should have a good grasp of what each team is made of, right? Try and rank teams 4-11 and get back to me. Is UNC good? Is Miami as bad as their game against Cincy suggests? Can Pitt keep this winning streak alive?
Here's how the rankings looked last week, and going into week 6, this is how we think the ACC stacks up:
1. Clemson Tigers (5-0, 2-0). Last week: 1
Want to make a Clemson fan mad? Just utter the word "Clemsoning." Dabo says nobody can say it, so you shouldn't say it either. But you want to know the secret best part? While they'll scream at you and tell you you don't really know football, deep down inside they are waiting for it to happen at either Miami or NC State.
2. Florida State Seminoles (5-0, 3-0). Last week: 2
All those questions we had about Dalvin Cook's health were answered pretty clearly. The Noles' RB had 222 yards on 22 carries and 2 touchdowns. Golson didn't look terrible against Miami either passing for nearly 300 yards and a touchdown. FSU is looking decent but they'll have to avoid a let down in the coming weeks before Clemson in early November.
3. Duke Blue Devils (5-1, 2-0). Last week: 3
The Blue Devils traveled to West Point and laid waste to the Black Knights. They were rewarded with the #25 spot in the AP poll giving ACC a third team in the rankings! ACC! ACC! ACC!
4. North Carolina Tar Heels (4-1, 1-0). Last week: 4
The Heels had a bye week to get ready for their murders row of Wake Forest and UVa in back to back weeks. If they can escape those weeks with wins they'll surely lock up a spot in the playoffs.
5. Miami Hurricanes (3-2, 0-1). Last week: 6(tie)
The Canes were competitive with the Seminoles but fell just short. They welcome the Hokies this week before hosting Clemson the next. If Miami overlooks the Hokies and drops a third straight game, Al Golden could be out of Miami and those chants for Dana Hologram and Joey Freshwater will be a lot louder.
6. Pittsburgh Panthers (4-1, 2-0). Last week: 6(tie)
Pitt eked out a win against the Hoos this past weekend. Apparently, because we are UVa fans, we're not allowed to have opinions about middle of the road Conference teams. Its ok Pitt fans, beat teams more soundly and we'll talk about you moving up to 5th.
7. Virginia Tech Hokies (3-3, 1-1). Last week: 11
I wish UVa got to play NC State this year. That seems to be about the only way the Hoos would get an ACC win this season.
8. Louisville Cardinals (2-3, 1-1). Last week: 8
If the Cardinals want to salvage their season they'll need to upset FSU this week. They can still make a bowl with a weak schedule the rest of the season, but a loss this week and I imagine all the Louisville fans will consider 2015 a disaster.
9. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-4, 0-3). Last week: 5
The freefall continues. I thought the Jackets would at least be competitive with Clemson as they typically are every year. If GT loses to Pitt this week that'll be 5 straight, and with FSU on the horizon, getting to 6 straight is certainly in the realm of possibilities. Paul Johnson has done well in Atlanta, but his seat has to be getting hotter.
10. N.C. State Wolfpack (4-2, 0-2). Last week: 9
I think I speak for everyone at STL when I say that I am enjoying watching a crap team lose conference games after a high school out of conference slate. Makes us feel better about watching a crap team lose conference games after playing an impossible out of conference schedule. Let's hope the losing continues in Raleigh.
11. Syracuse Orange (3-2, 1-0). Last week: 10
Oof, I was too busy watching good football to see Syracuse lost at South Florida. That is rough. I guess losing multiple QBs in a season can finally come back to haunt a team. Let's hope that continues in Charlottesville this week.
12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-3, 1-2). Last week: 13
It's so beautiful and so terrible at the exact same time. #goacc
13. Boston College Eagles (3-3, 0-3). Last week: 12
BC has given up 35 points in the last four games. Total. And yet, they're 1-3 in those games. Hell, they haven't even given up a touchdown in the last two weeks and were rewarded with two losses. That poor, poor BC defense.
14. Virginia Cavaliers (1-4, 0-1). Last week: 14
As always, here's how we voted individually:
|Clemson||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Clemson||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson|
|Florida State||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Clemson||Florida State||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State|
|Duke||North Carolina||North Carolina||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||North Carolina||Duke||North Carolina|
|North Carolina||Duke||Duke||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||Pittsburgh||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||Duke||North Carolina||Duke|
|Miami||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Virginia Tech||Miami||Pittsburgh||Miami||Miami||North Carolina||Louisville||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Virginia Tech||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Miami|
|Louisville||Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||Pittsburgh||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Syracuse||Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
|Georgia Tech||Louisville||Louisville||NC State||Virginia Tech||Louisville||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Pittsburgh||Miami||Louisville||Pittsburgh||Louisville||Louisville||Louisville|
|Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||Louisville||Georgia Tech||Louisville||Louisville||Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||Louisville||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||NC State|
|Syracuse||Syracuse||NC State||Louisville||NC State||NC State||NC State||NC State||Miami||Wake Forest||NC State||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Syracuse||NC State||Georgia Tech|
|Wake Forest||NC State||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Virginia||Louisville||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||NC State||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest|
|Boston College||Wake Forest||Boston College||Wake Forest||Virginia||Boston College||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Boston College||NC State||Wake Forest||NC State||Syracuse||NC State||Syracuse||Syracuse|
|Virginia||Boston College||Wake Forest||Virginia||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Boston College||Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College|
|NC State||Virginia||Virginia||Boston College||Boston College||Virginia||Virginia||Boston College||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia|