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STL's ACC Power Rankings: Week 2

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After two weeks of the glory that is college football, the ACC picture.....still isn't all that clear. We've got a clear #1 and a clear #14, but other than that. Who can beat what?

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FSU remains atop the STL Power Rankings thanks to beating down The Citadel
FSU remains atop the STL Power Rankings thanks to beating down The Citadel
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FSU took care of business again in week 2 against The Citadel. It was the Citadel. And the rest of the conference dispatched their foes as well giving the conference and undefeated record on the weekend. You know what that means? You guessed it, half of the conference gets a new spot in our Power Rankings!

Here's how we think the ACC is stacked up after two weekends of play.

1. Florida State Seminoles (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 1
The 'Noles took care of business against a far inferior opponent in The Citadel and now get a bye week to prepare for the Atlantic Division showdown against Clemson next weekend. It was The Citadel.
"Yeah, they're the best in the ACC...but they have looked less than invincible thus far, winning a close one against OSU and beating the Citadel by a mere 25 points. They can prove they're the real deal against Clemson Saturday." - Schwartz

2. Clemson Tigers (1-1, 0-0). Last week: 2
Like many other ACC foes, Clemson dispatched a D1-AA team with ease. Their opponent? South Carolina State. The HBC was no match for the Tigers as they rolled 73-7. It was South Carolina State.
"Clemson has a bye before facing FSU. Assuming they get crushed again, it'll be 2 trouncings in 3 games and Clemson will fall behind whichever Coastal team(s) make it through the next two weeks unscathed." - Tiki

3. VPISU Hokies (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 5
The biggest movers in our rankings, the Hokies took care of Ohio State on the road in the horseshoe. Nobody knows what to make of VPISU so far because nobody really knows what to make of tOSU so far. Hokies get a little test this weekend when ECU travels to Blacksburg.
"Sure, the VPI win was big, but let's not pretend like tOSU was a top ten team. Brewer looked competent, which is a switch from the big-hands, "wow look at all the NFL things he does" Logan Thomas. ECU gave South Carolina a run for their money last week, so it'll be interesting to see how that game pans out. Oh, and apparently they have taken the "who needs a _____ if you have a Beamer" idea past the realm of making sense." - Darney

4. Louisville Cardinals (2-0, 1-0). Last week: 3
Louisville gave Murray State the beat down over the weekend 66-21 and still fell a spot. Most came into the season thinking Miami would be a big test for the Cardinals in week 1, but after 2 weekends, it looks like their first away game in the ACC this weekend could be their biggest yet.
"Louisville hasn't shown a whole lot yet. Yes, they beat Miami, but who is Miami this year with a freshman QB? If the Cardinals give UVa a thumping this weekend (sad face), they could contend with the big boys for the Atlantic Division crown." - Will

5. Duke Blue Devils (2-0, 0-0). Last week 4
Duke has played literally nobody. They opened the season beating Elon and then proceeded to beat Troy this past weekend. Things won't get much tougher over the next two weekends as their opponents will be Kansas and Tulane, both in Durham. If you want us to respect you, and think you can challenge the rest of the ACC, play some competition.
"With VT's win, Duke is dethroned from the top spot in the Coastal. And we won't really learn more about them this week either, as they start the season with 4 cupcakes." - Schwartz

6. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-0, 1-0). Last week: 7
The Panthers opened up their ACC portion of the schedule this past Friday by taking care of lowly Boston College, 30-20. The final result is a lot closer than the game was as Pitt's stud RB, James Conner was able to rack up 214 yards on 36 carries and a TD.
"The Panthers have looked solid so far. It was a toss-up between them and Duke for the fifth slot. The home game against Virginia Tech will decide the early favorite in the Coastal race" - Trogdon

7. North Carolina Tar Heels (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 6
The Tar Heels pulled out a victory over San Diego State thanks to 17 4th quarter points. They fell out of the coaches poll thanks to two too close for comfort victories in Chapel Hill. They get this week off to prepare for their trip down the road to Greenville to take on ECU.
"Tar Heel fans should be freaking out a bit after the Heels struggled to put away Liberty and San Diego State.

That is, of course, if Tar Heel football fans existed."- Trogdon

8. Miami Hurricanes (1-1, 0-1). Last week: 8
Miami played Florida A&M. Judging from the box score, they ran the ball well, and threw the ball well. Other than that, I can't tell you anything else about the game. It was Florida A&M....
"Miami's trouncing of FAMU was just what they needed to get back on track after the Louisville opener. Not enough to convince me they're any better than what they showed in week 1, but it's in the right direction." - Leung

9. Virginia Cavaliers (1-1, 0-0). Last week: 9
Hoos beat out their former QBs and Richmond to secure their first victory in nearly a year. The defense had 7 takeaways and turned in another impressive performance. Luckily, only 3 QBs were used when UVa had the ball. Time for London to win another game against a team that isn't ranked in the FCS.
"Wanted to move the Hoos up based on their solid play thus far, but need to see a win over a real team first." - Tiki

10.Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 11
The Yellow Jackets looked in trouble early on falling behind Tulane, but were able to use 24 unanswered points to beat the Green Wave. In true Paul Johnson fashion, GT had just 15 yards through the air and 344 on the ground. They continue their cupcake schedule this weekend when they host Georgia Southern.
"There has literally been nothing to be impressed about when it comes to GT so far this season. This week they face Georgia Southern, who nearly beat NC State (lol) and hung 83 points last week on Savannah State, which is apparently a school with a football team." - Leung

11. Boston College Eagles (1-1, 0-1). Last week: 10
BC struggled and lost to visiting Pitt on Friday. The Golden Eagles look to be somewhere near the bottom of the Atlantic Division and certainly don't look likely to get another win this weekend when they play host to #9 Southern Cal.
"If you can't handle Pitt, you're not going to handle USC. Boston College is in for such a drudging this week." - Leung

12. Syracuse Orange (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 12
Syracuse needed a bye week to prepare for Central Michigan. They scratched by Villanova in week 1. I have no idea what I am talking about with this team. Has anyone outside of the state of New York seen them play yet?
"Cuse might be the only team in the ACC looking forward to basketball more than Virginia is." - Darney

13. N.C. State Wolfpack (2-0, 0-0). Last week: 13
The Wolfpack had their hands full this weekend with Old Dominion after struggling with Georgia Southern in the first weekend. They're going to start the season 4-0 because they play USF this weekend and Presbyterian next, and then will promptly lose three of their next four to FSU, Clemson, and Louisville. This is a bad team playing bad competition.
"NC State's accomplishments thus far have been averting disaster against Georgia Southern, then ODU...but the fact that they trailed both until late in the game is probably a bit worrisome." - Schwartz

14. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-1, 0-0). Last week: 14
I don't know. They beat Gardner-Webb 23-7. They play at Utah State and host Army over the next two weeks, so maybe they will be 2-2 going into ACC play, but I wouldn't bet on it. I'm still trying to figure out how a Power 5 football program totals -3 rushing yards and 94 total yards in a full 60 minute game.
"Congrats Wake Forest for beating Gardner Webb!!! Woooo!!! Enjoy it, because you aren't good at all and may not win for a while." - Schwartz


Here is how the voting broke down:

Last Week Caroline Will Schwartz Leung Tim Tiki Trogs Wiley Drew OVERALL
FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU FSU
Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson Clemson VT VT Clemson
Louisville VPISU VPISU Louisville VPISU Louisville VT Louisville Clemson Louisville VPISU
Duke Duke Louisville VT Louisville VPISU Louisville Virginia Tech Louisville Clemson Louisville
VPISU Louisville Pitt Duke Duke Duke Duke Pittsburgh Duke Pitt Duke
UNC Pitt Duke UNC UNC Pitt UNC Duke Pitt Duke Pitt
Pitt UVA UNC Miami Pitt Miami Miami UNC Miami GT UNC
Miami UNC UVa Pitt Miami UNC Pitt Miami UNC UNC Miami
UVa Miami Miami UVA UVA UVa UVA Georgia Tech Virginia UVA UVa
BC GT Syracuse Georgia Tech Georgia Tech GT GT Virginia Ga Tech Miami GT
GT BC Boston College BC Boston College BC BC Boston College Syracuse BC BC
Cuse Syracuse Georgia Tech Syracuse Syracuse Syracuse Cuse Syracuse NCST SU Cuse
NC St NC State NC State NC State NC State NCSU NCSU NC State BC NCSU NC St
Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake Wake