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Week 10 ACC Power Rankings

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The more it changes, the more it stays the same. Everyone is at least 9 games in now and the ACC teams are probably pretty close to what we thought they'd be at the beginning of the season. FSU and Clemson at the top. Wake, Syracuse, and BC near the bottom. Everyone else in the mehhhhhdle.

Here's what the power rankings looked like last week, but entering the 10th week of the season, here is how we think the Conference shakes out:

1. Clemson Tigers (9-0, 6-0). Last week: 1
They've done it. Clemson passed basically its only hurdle on their road to Charlotte, beating FSU 23-13. They'll end the ACC portion of their schedule with a trip to Syracuse and hosting Wake Forest before traveling down the road to Columbia for their annual rivalry with USC. Lord knows they'll be favored by 18+ in all of them, but if they falter, that "C" word will come back out even though everyone has been told it's never to be muttered again.

2. North Carolina Tar Heels (8-1, 5-0). Last week: 3
Wooooo boy, I hope UNC fans had a cigarette after that one. I'm just gonna leave this tweet from Oct. 17th here for the rest of the world to see:

3. Florida State Seminoles (7-2, 5-2). Last week: 2
It started off so well, and fell off so fast at the end. Dalvin Cook is a treasure the rest of the country needs to say with Leonard Fournette and Trevon Boykin. Hopefully the Noles RB can keep up his output the rest of the year. It might be hard for them to make a New Years bowl, but if they can make statements against NC St and Florida in the season's finale, they could make a strong case.

4. Pittsburgh Panthers (6-3, 4-1). Last week: 5
Our embargo against talking about Pitt football is still in effect, but I will say that they tried really hard against Notre Dame this past weekend.

5. Duke Blue Devils (6-3, 3-2). Last week: 4
I think the Blue Devils were scared that if they did anything correct on the field, the refs would just overturn it somehow. That's at least the excuse I'll give them. Doesn't get any better this week playing host to Pitt. Luckily they have UVa and Wake to end the season, so 8 wins should still be easy to come by for Duke.

6. Louisville Cardinals (5-4, 4-2). Last week: 8
The Cardinals finally got to the easy part of their schedule and have rolled off three straight wins. Their bowl-clinching sixth win should come this weekend when they play host to UVa as 10 point favorites. Even though they blew out Syracuse this past week, two close wins against Wake and BC in the preceding weeks could provide the Louisville faithful enough to be nervous about.

7. Miami-Florida Hurricanes (6-3, 3-2). Last week: 6
You only beat UVa by 6 points and you fall in the rankings. Them's the breaks, kid. It doesn't get easy the rest of the way for the Hurricanes either with a matchup against UNC this weekend. If Larry Scott wants a chance to be Miami's permanent coach, I'm guessing he'll have to win out, which could be a tall task for a team giving up nearly 27 points per game.

8. N.C. State Wolfpack (6-3, 2-3). Last week: 7
N.C. State has 6 wins on the season. Want to guess how many have come against FBS teams with a record better than .500? Zero. How many have come against teams with a .500 record? One. South Alabama is 4-4 right now in the Sun Belt. The good news for Wolfpack fans is they get to play Syracuse in two weeks. Hopefully they lose and go 6-6.

9. Virginia Tech Hokies (4-5, 2-3). Last week: 9
A bye week going into their game against Georgia Tech. How fortunate. Hokies will have UNC and UVA after that, so that bowl streak is in SERIOUS jeopardy. Also, #Gameday4Frank shouldn't be a thing. You want to honor Frank Beamer? Show up for the UNC game; don't beg the national media to come pay attention to you.

10. Virginia Cavaliers (3-6, 2-3). Last week: 10
UVa is one more loss away from bowl ineligibility. With games against Louisville, Duke, and Virginia Tech, I am sure they can work out a miracle and wiahahahaha, no they can't. 5-7 at best, and 4-8 more likely.

11. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-6, 1-5). Last week: 11
Well, at least the Yellow Jackets had a bye week to get ready for the Hokies. I think GT fans will agree this season has been a disaster, so we won't go any further.

12. Syracuse Orange (3-6, 1-4). Last week: 12
Syracuse was 3-0 at one point this season. Glance back up at that record for a second. Do some math, Yea, that's harsh. Clemson comes to town this weekend too. Sorry.

13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-6, 1-5). Last week: 14
After three straight losses, Wake got a bye week to get refocused and amped up for Notre Dame. Followed up by Clemson. I'm sorry for you too, Wake fans.

14. Boston College Eagles (3-7, 0-7). Last week: 13
BC finally gets their bye this week after 6 straight losing weeks. Their reward is getting to play Notre Dame at Fenway on the 21st and travel to Syracuse to end the season. 2016 can't come fast enough for some of these ACC teams.