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Week 8 ACC Football Power Rankings

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The Cavaliers have fallen off, but how is the rest of the Conference stacking up?

ACC Championship  - Clemson v Georgia Tech Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images

Welp. It was fun to have optimism in UVa football for a few brief weeks. The good ole UVa football is back, but that doesn’t mean we can’t analyze the rest of the conference.

Below is how the writers at Streaking the Lawn think the ACC stacks up.

1. Clemson Tigers (7-0, 4-0) Last week: 1
This week: at FSU
The Tigers got a week off to recoup after that nightmare game against NC State. If they get past the Seminoles this weekend it’ll be pretty much smooth sailing to the CFP. Even if they lose this, Tigers are still looking good absent a wonderful Clemson***.

2. Louisville Cardinals (6-1, 4-1) Last week: 2
This week: at UVa
Don’t know if NC State was worn out after their game against Clemson, but man did Louisville do bad things to them. The Cardinals are not undefeated because Clemson pretty much cheated. Even a win against Houston next month won’t help UL enough to get into the CFP.

3. Florida State Seminoles (5-2, 2-2) Last week: 3
This week: vs. Clemson
The Noles also had a bye week to get ready for their showdown against Clemson. It looks like it will mean significantly less this season, but a win would go a long way to FSU’s bowl and next year’s expectations.

4. Virginia Tech Hokies (5-2, 3-1) Last week: 7
This week: at Pitt
The Hokies made the statement they needed to make last Thursday against Miami. With a weak schedule the rest of the way, barring a serious trip up against an inferior opponent, the Hokies will likely be playing Clemson in the ACC Championship Game in Fuente’s first year.....ugh.

5. North Carolina Tar Heels (6-2, 4-1) Last week: 4
This week: BYE, vs GT 11/5
After looking lost against Virginia Tech in Hurricane Matthew, the Heels have rolled off wins against Miami and UVa. A season ending game against NC State in Chapel Hill is the only thing standing between the Heels and a 10 win season. The test after that will be keeping Fedora in Chapel Hill.

6. Pittsburgh Panthers (5-2, 2-1) Last week: 6
This week: vs. VT
The Panthers are putting together a nice little 2016 season. Unfortunately, they have a three game stretch of vs. VT, at Miami, and at Clemson. 5-2 could rapidly turn into 5-5. They do get Duke and Cuse to end the season, so 7-5 is certainly possible.

7. Miami Hurricanes (4-3, 1-3) Last week: 5
This week: at Notre Dame
It took Richt like 4 years to lose control at Georgia. Did he lose control of Miami after just 7 games? The Canes started out 4-0 (against weak competition), but outside of three quarters against FSU, they haven’t been great in their last 3; which they all lost. Fairly easy back half, so 10-3 is a real possibility.

8. NC State Wolfpack (4-3, 1-2) Last week: 8
This week: vs. BC
I’d be surprised in State had anyone left on their football team after that Louisville game. Lucky for them, the All-Star team from their fall intramural season could play this weekend and they’d still win.

9. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-2, 2-2) Last week: 9
This week: vs. Army
The quest for 6 will almost surely be achieved this weekend. With games against UVa and BC left on the schedule, the Deacs might once again be proud of their football program.

10. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (4-3, 1-3) Last week: 10
This week: vs. Duke
After dropping three in a row, the Yellow Jackets got back on track two weeks ago against Georgia Southern. We’d be surprised, but nobody would be truly shocked if they win the rest of their games, but the same could be said if they go winless. GT and Paul Johnson is the enigma we all know and love in college football.

11. Syracuse Orange (4-4, 2-2) Last week: 11
This week: at BC
Babers got his signature win two weeks ago against the Hokies. He’s had quite a successful first season, but there are no more cupcakes in their final 4.

12. Virginia Cavaliers (2-5, 1-2) Last week: 12
This week: vs. Louisville
After seeing what UL did to NC State last week, I am truly scared of what Lamar Jackson might do at Scott Stadium on Saturday. Thank God it is almost basketball season.

13. Duke Blue Devils (3-4, 0-3) Last week: 13
This week: at Duke
It’s almost basketball season.

14. Boston College Golden Eagles (3-4, 0-4) Last week: 14
This week: vs. Syracuse
It’s ok guys, it’s almost hockey season! (I think. I really have no idea when college hockey season is.)

Below is how all the writers voted and some weird math stuff everyone has asked for.

TEAM LIST Caroline Will Schwartz Leung Tim Tiki Neckel Trogs Wiley Ellis Ryan Hobeck Haluska Alex Pierce
Boston College Clemson Louisville Louisville Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Louisville Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson
Clemson Louisville Clemson Clemson Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville Clemson Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville Louisville
Duke Florida State Florida State Florida State North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Florida State Virginia Tech
Florida State North Carolina Virginia Tech North Carolina Florida State Florida State Florida State North Carolina Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Florida State
Georgia Tech Virginia Tech North Carolina Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech Virginia Tech North Carolina Pittsburgh North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina North Carolina
Louisville Pittsburgh Miami Pittsburgh Miami Miami Miami Pittsburgh Pittsburgh North Carolina Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Miami Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Miami Miami Pittsburgh NC State Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh NC State Miami Miami Miami NC State Pittsburgh Miami NC State Miami
NC State NC State NC State Miami NC State NC State NC State Miami Georgia Tech NC State NC State Miami NC State Wake Forest Miami NC State
North Carolina Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech NC State Duke Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest NC State Wake Forest Wake Forest
Pittsburgh Wake Forest Wake Forest Syracuse Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Wake Forest Syracuse Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Syracuse Syracuse
Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Virginia Syracuse Syracuse Virginia Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Georgia Tech Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Georgia Tech Virginia
Virginia Virginia Virginia Wake Forest Virginia Virginia Syracuse Virginia Virginia Georgia Tech Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Virginia Georgia Tech
Virginia Tech Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Boston College Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke Duke
Wake Forest Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Virginia Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College Boston College

Weird math stuff!

Avg Rank Team Std. Deviation
1.2 1 Clemson 0.41
1.8 2 Louisville 0.41
3.27 3 Florida State 0.46
4.33 4 Virginia Tech 0.62
4.47 5 North Carolina 0.92
6.27 6 Pittsburgh 0.59
6.93 7 Miami 0.8
7.87 8 NC State 0.64
9.67 9 Wake Forest 0.9
9.8 10 Georgia Tech 1.21
10.8 11 Syracuse 0.56
11.93 12 Virginia 0.7
12.73 13 Duke 1.03
13.93 14 Boston College 0.26