We're two weeks in to this miraculous 2015 college football season and we still don't know much about most of the conference. In week two only one ACC team played an out of conference opponent that had a major football program. To the other team's credit, they at least played FBS programs this week; even though they basically had to because you're not supposed to play two FCS teams in one year.
Anyways, we've finally reached week 3 where nearly the entire conference are playing legitimate opponents. It's ok, NC State, maybe one day you'll play a legitimate opponent and we can discover whether you actually deserve to win 7-8 games this season!
Like we did last week, we've ranked the teams how we think they stack up. After two weeks of not much movement, there was some this week thanks to Louisville.
Heading into week 3, this is what we think:
1 (tie). Florida State Seminoles (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 1
FSU did more than enough to take care of USF. Everett Golson had another impressive game, but the star was RB Dalvin Cook. Cook had 30 carries on the afternoon for 266 yards and 3 touchdowns. Most are now starting to insert the back in to the heisman discussion. The Noles head to Chesnut Hill this week to open up conference play and are only 7.5 point favorites. We'll see if Cook and Golson can continue to play at such a high level.
1 (tie). Clemson Tigers (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 2
Not sure what convinced my fellow bloggers to move Clemson up. Yes, they are 2-0 with big wins, but they have come against Wofford and Appalachian State. Watson continued to look good against the Mountaineers this week throwing for 248 yards and 3 TDs. This week's Thursday night Louisville game looked good at the beginning of the season, but after the Cardinals' struggles thus far, it looks like Clemson should easily be 3-0 next week.
3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 3
Alcorn State and Tulane. Yes, they have outscored their opponents 134 to 16, but they were Alcorn State and Tulane. They'll take on the Irish this week in South Bend. If the Yellow Jackets continue to blow out opponents and can do so to Notre Dame, they have a legitimate shot to jump both FSU and Clemson into the #1 spot.
4. Duke Blue Devils (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 5
Similar to others in the conference, Duke has blown out two well below-average opponents, Tulane and North Carolina Central. This week they will play a legitimate opponent. The Blue Devils will play host to 2015 surprise Northwestern. We'll find out if the Blue Devils deserve praise for being good on the field, or just for scheduling easily.
5. N.C. State Wolfpack (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 8
I might hate the Wolfpack more than any other team for their scheduling. NC State hasn't had a Power 5 out of conference opponent since 2012, when they played Tennessee in the Chick Fil A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta. Next time they'll play a Power 5 opponent outside of Notre Dame? 2018 when they are scheduled to host West Virginia. They don't deserve any respect.
6. Miami Hurricanes (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 6
The Canes play host to Nebraska this week. After struggling against FAU a bit this past week, it will be important for Al Golden and Miami to make a statement against the Cornhuskers. The schedule won't get that much easier after this week when they travel to Cincinnati and FSU in their next two games.
7. Virginia Tech Hokies (1-1, 0-0). Last week: 7
After losing their QB in the opening game against Ohio State, the Hokies needed an off week to figure out who would be the signal caller going forward. Luckily, they got to play Furman last week and they'll travel to Purdue this week. The Hokies shouldn't have that much of a problem with the Boilermakers even if their QB can't actually throw the ball.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1, 0-0). Last week: 9
The Tar Heels got their FCS win thanks to North Carolina A&T this past weekend. Even though Illinois should be significantly better, the Fightin Fedoras should be able to take care of the 2-0 Illini and are 10 point favorites. After USC fell to Kentucky on Saturday, the Tar Heels need to make a statement that they're better than their 2-1 record will likely reflect.
9. Louisville Cardinals (0-2, 0-0). Last week: 4
Yikes. Many had the Cardinals as a sleeper to take out FSU and Clemson for the Atlantic. They can surely still do that since they haven't played an ACC game yet, but they'll have to play better than they have against Houston and Auburn. It doesn't get easier this week when they play host to Clemson, who stole a game from Louisville last year.
10. Boston College Golden Eagles (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 10
BC scored and scored a lot. They also played Howard. Your middle school team could probably be at least competitive against Howard. BC will host FSU this week and will have to seriously turn the dial up after playing Maine and Howard thus far.
11. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 11
When James Conner went down in their opener, many didn't know if Pitt had enough elsewhere to makeup for his loss. The Panthers easily dispatched with Akron racking up 307 yards in a 24-7 win. They'll travel to Iowa this week in a battle with the unbeaten Hawkeyes.
12. Virginia Cavaliers (0-2, 0-0). Last week: 12
Well that hurt. UVa finally gets their easy opponent for the year this week when W&M comes to Charlottesville. Yay for 1-2.
13. Syracuse Orange (2-0, 1-0). Last week: 13
Cuse is sitting pretty at 2-0 and could be 3-0 after this week's game against Central Michigan. Unfortunately, it'll get really ugly, really quick after that when LSU travels to upstate New York.
14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-1, 0-1). Last week: 14
Wake is a 5.5 point fav against West Point this week. I have no idea if they'll be 2-1 after Saturday, but I know I won't find out til I sit down to write this next week.
As always, here is how we all voted. Let us know what you think the rankings should look like.
|Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Georgia Tech||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson|
|Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Clemson||Florida State||Georgia Tech|
|Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||NC State||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Florida State|
|Duke||Duke||Duke||Miami||Miami||Virginia Tech||Duke||Duke||Duke||Duke||Georgia Tech||Syracuse||Duke||Louisville||NC State||NC State|
|NC State||Boston College||Miami||Duke||Duke||Duke||Miami||NC State||Miami||NC State||Miami||North Carolina||NC State||Duke||Duke||Duke|
|Miami||NC State||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Miami||NC State||Miami||NC State||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||Miami|
|Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||NC State||NC State||NC State||Louisville||Virginia||Virginia Tech||Pittsburgh||Miami||Duke||Duke||Miami||Miami||Louisville||Virginia Tech|
|Boston College||Miami||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||Pittsburgh||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina||NC State||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||Miami||North Carolina|
|North Carolina||Louisville||Boston College||Boston College||Virginia||NC State||North Carolina||North Carolina||Virginia||Pittsburgh||Boston College||Boston College||Pittsburgh||NC State||North Carolina||Louisville|
|Virginia||North Carolina||Virginia||Virginia||Louisville||Pittsburgh||Boston College||Virginia||Louisville||Louisville||Virginia||Miami||Louisville||Syracuse||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh|
|Louisville||Virginia||Louisville||Louisville||Boston College||Virginia||Louisville||Louisville||Boston College||Boston College||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Syracuse|
|Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Boston College||Pittsburgh||Boston College||North Carolina||Syracuse||Louisville||Virginia||Virginia||Pittsburgh||Virginia||Boston College|
|Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest|