Well, we've now seen what each ACC team is capable of doing. Most are capable of blowing out D-1AA teams. Some are capable of beating up on bad FBS teams. And the ones that lost are not capable of beating other Power 5 opponents.
As we did last week, we ranked all of the ACC teams based off how we think they stack up. Not surprisingly, the rankings have not changed that much given how little we know about each team.
Heading into week 2, this is what we think:
1. Florida State Seminoles (1-0). Last week: 1
FSU and Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson did exactly what they were supposed to do in their season opener against Texas State, destroying the Bobcats, 59-16. Golson had to be everything Noles' fans wanted out of their new QB throwing for 302 yards and 4 TDs in just 25 attempts. Things change a lot this week when the Seminoles will play USF, and by change I mean they are favored by 28.5, so FSU will be 2-0 and likely #1 again next week.
2. Clemson Tigers (1-0). Last week: 2
Clemson played Wofford. They won big. Unfortunately for the Tigers, they lost Mike Williams likely for the season when he hurt his neck trying to make a spectacular catch in the back of the endzone in the first quarter. Luckily the All-ACC wideout has full use of his extremities so it doesn't seem like permanent damage was done. The road gets a little tougher this week as the Tigers are only favored by 17.5 against Appalachian State.
3. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0). Last week: 3
GT did what they've seemingly done every year in recent memory in scheduling a terrible non-conference slate (outside of their annual rivalry with UGA). They beat Alcorn State 69-6. I don't know where Alcorn State is and I surely didn't know they had a football team. The beat goes on as they'll host Tulane this week, who got blown out by Duke this past week.
4. Louisville Cardinals (0-1). Last week: 4
Point blank, it appeared that the Cardinals were just overmatched against Auburn. Granted, they probably felt inferior with their jerseys alone, but Auburn was able to live in Louisville's backfield for the first half before Freshman QB Lamar Jackson discovered he's basically Michael Vick and started leaving the pocket. Louisville made the score close, but most will tell you Auburn had it under control nearly the entire time.
5. Duke Blue Devils (1-0). Last week: 7
They played Tulane. I don't know what more to take from that other than they can blow out supposedly bad teams. Like GT, their non-conference schedule leaves a lot to be desired, but when you want to make a bowl, that's what you have to do. This week the Blue Devils play their interstate stalwarts, North Carolina Central.
6. Miami Hurricanes (1-0). Last week: 6
Bethune Cookman was the Hurricanes' opponent. If you know anything else about Bethune Cookman you are a better fan than most of us. The good sign is that Miami was able to blow them out 45-0. The schedule does not get much tougher this week when the Canes go to Florida Atlantic. 2-0, good for you Miami, you go Miami!
7. Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1). Last week: 5
The Hokies looked good for the first half. They battled back after falling behind early and looked like they might even be able to pull off the miracle. Then Michael Brewer went down with a collar injury and Braxton Miller hit the B button and that was basically all she wrote. Luckily VT will have Furman this week to work out their QBs and figure out where the future is.
8. N.C. State Wolfpack (1-0). Last week: 8
New year and the same story: NC State playing far inferior OOC opponents. It got them to a bowl last year, so we can't blame them too much. The Wolfpack played Troy last week and host Eastern Kentucky this week. Luckily we'll finally learn something in their two games after that against Old Dominion and South Alabama (eyeroll).
9. North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1). Last week: 9
I'll at least give respect to the Tar Heels for scheduling an actual school with a football program. Sadly though, they #goacc'd their way to a loss against South Carolina in Charlotte. Everyone thinks this could be the year UNC takes a step forward and every year they let us down in some way. Looks like it might be another of those years.
10. Boston College Eagles (1-0). Last week: Tie for 11
BC handled Maine and gets to play Howard this week. So, BC will be 2-0 and we won't know a damn thing about them.
11. Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0). Last week: 10
Pitt squeaked by Youngstown State 45-37, but the story of the game, and probably the year for Pitt was the loss of their machine of a RB, James Connor. There's about a 0% chance Pitt can replace him, but I guess they'll have to try. They play host to Akron this week, so they too will be 2-0.
12. Virginia Cavaliers (0-1). Last week: Tie for 11
We knew what was going to happen and we were still disappointed that it happened the way it did. The good news is UVa is going to be in all the Josh Rosen highlights ESPN shows for the rest of the season.
13. Syracuse Orange (1-0). Last week: 13
The Orange made somewhat of a statement by absolutely crushing Rhode Island 47-0.This week the Cuse play Wake Forest and OH MY GOD PLEASE DONT WATCH THAT GAME. FOR YOUR OWN HEALTH.
14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0). Last week: 14
Beat a division 1 opponent and we will talk about you being 13.
As always, here is how we all voted. Let us know what you think the rankings should look like.
|Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Clemson||Florida State|
|Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Clemson|
|Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Clemson||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Louisville||Georgia Tech||Florida State||Florida State||NC State||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech|
|Duke||Miami||Duke||Miami||Miami||Virginia Tech||Georgia Tech||Louisville||Louisville||Duke||Georgia Tech||North Carolina||Duke||Duke||Virginia Tech||Duke|
|Miami||Duke||Miami||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Duke||Miami||Virginia Tech||Miami||Virginia Tech||Miami||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||Miami||Virginia Tech|
|NC State||Boston College||Virginia Tech||Duke||Duke||Miami||North Carolina||Miami||Virginia Tech||NC State||Virginia Tech||Miami||Miami||Miami||Duke||Miami|
|Virginia Tech||NC State||NC State||NC State||North Carolina||North Carolina||NC State||NC State||NC State||Miami||Duke||Duke||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||NC State||NC State|
|North Carolina||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina||NC State||NC State||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina||Pittsburgh||North Carolina||NC State||Boston College||NC State||Boston College||North Carolina|
|Pittsburgh||North Carolina||Boston College||Boston College||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Virginia||Pittsburgh||Boston College||North Carolina||Boston College||Boston College||NC State||Boston College||North Carolina||Virginia|
|Virginia||Pittsburgh||Virginia||Pittsburgh||Virginia||Boston College||Boston College||Virginia||Virginia||Boston College||Virginia||Virginia||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh|
|Syracuse||Syracuse||Pittsburgh||Virginia||Boston College||Virginia||Pittsburgh||Boston College||Pittsburgh||Syracuse||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Syracuse||Virginia||Virginia||Syracuse|
|Boston College||Virginia||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Wake Forest||Virginia||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Wake Forest|
|Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Virginia||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Wake Forest||Boston College|