Louisville and UVa are now clearly the class of the conference. It really is a shame the rest of the ACC can't keep up with the two power programs. Yea, Clemson and FSU are ok, and there are a few undefeated teams, but whatever.
After four weeks, this is how the Streaking the Lawn staff thinks the ACC stacks up:
1. Louisville Cardinals (4-0, 1-0) Last week: 1
This week: at Clemson
Louisville has ran through its early schedule like a fire runs through a couch in Blacksburg. After smoking Marshall, the biggest game of the season is upon us when the Cardinals travel to Clemson for the ACC Atlantic showdown.
2. Clemson Tigers (4-0, 1-0) Last week: 2
This week: vs. Louisville
Clemson got rid of a monkey on their back last Thursday taking care of Georgia Tech in Atlanta on a short week. They enjoy an extra two days to prepare for Lamar Jackson and Louisville. Clemson has to win if they still want a shot at the ACC crown.
3. Florida State Seminoles (3-1, 0-1) Last week: 3
This week: vs. North Carolina
The Noles bounced back from their curb stomping at the hands of Louisville with a 55-35 victory at USF. This week they get to welcome UNC who will be riding high after this past weekend's victory. FSU needs to run the table and hope Clemson can beat Louisville this weekend if they have any ACC Championship aspirations.
4. Miami Hurricanes (3-0, 0-0) Last week: 4
This week: at Georgia Tech
Miami ain't played nobody, but they have done what they are supposed to have done against the teams they have played thus far. We'll really find out how Richt has the Canes rolling over the next four weeks as the play at Georgia Tech, home against FSU and UNC, and then travel to Virginia Tech for a Thursday night showdown over the next four weeks.
5. North Carolina (3-1, 1-0) Last week: 5
This week: at Florida State
The Tar Heels were able to take care of Pitt by leading for about 2.2 seconds. That Georgia loss to begin the year is not looking any better by the week, so the Heels need to make a statement this weekend in Tallahassee if we are going to take them seriously the rest of the season.
6. Virginia Tech (3-1, 1-0) Last week: 7
This week: BYE, at UNC 10/8
Tennessee keeps helping the Hokies' national stock by making their loss in Bristol not look so bad. They demolished an ECU team that had beaten them the past two years, and beaten NC State earlier this season, 54-17. If Fuente has gotten Tech's offense that dominant already, the rest of the conference needs to take notice.
7. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-2, 0-1) Last week: 6
This week: vs. Marshall
After beating Penn State at home in week two the Panthers have taken a serious stumble. Yes, their two losses were to Oklahoma State in Stillwater and UNC in Chapel Hill, so they are not terrible losses, but these Panthers had hopes of taking a step to the next level of the conference and it looks like they might not get there this season.
8. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-0, 1-0) Last week: 10
This week: at NC State
This game isn't must win for the Deacs to make a bowl this season, but beating their in-state rival would help cement them as a team better than we expected at the beginning of the season. And plus, nobody wants NC State to win anyways, so 5-0 Wake sounds pretty good.
9. Duke Blue Devils (2-2, 0-1) Last week: 12
This week: vs. UVa
Is Notre Dame good at football? I am not so sure anymore. Is Duke better than their 2-2 record, including losses to Northwestern and Wake? Hell if I know. What we do know is the Cavaliers will be in Durham in a game nobody outside of these two fanbases should watch.
10. NC State Wolfpack (2-1, 0-0) Last week: 9
This week: vs. Wake Forest
Good thing the Wolfpack had a bye week to recuperate after their first three games against William and Mary, ECU, and ODU. Wolfpack get a chance at a power 5 team this week when Wake comes to town. I am guessing NC State is going to ask for two weeks off after this weekend.
11. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-1, 0-1) Last week: 7
This week: vs. Miami
3-0 to start the season led us all to believe this GT team might be better than expected. Laying an egg last Thursday night on ESPN makes us think we might have been right to begin with. That egg came against one of the best teams in college football though, so we can't hold it against the Yellow Jackets too much. Get back on track this weekend against Miami, and we'll believe a little more again.
12. Syracuse Orange (2-2, 0-1) Last week: 11
This week: vs. Notre Dame in East Rutherford
The Orange won at UCONN, 31-24. I refuse to believe that because I was shown that the Huskies were impossible to beat at home. I don't understand. Babers might have Cuse playing more competitive, and ND lost this past weekend to Duke, but I still don't think the Orange can pull off the upset this weekend.
13. Virginia Cavaliers (1-3, 0-0) Last week: 14
This week: at Duke
UVa is now on pace for a 9-3 season and a trip to the ACC Championship Game. Seriously though, if Coach Mendenhall wants an ACC win and a road win this season, he needs to do it this weekend, because the schedule doesn't get easier the rest of the way.
14. Boston College (2-2, 0-2) Last week: 13
This week: vs. Buffalo
BC was able to take care of Wagner to nobody's surprise. Buffalo likely poses a bit more of a challenge this weekend, but hosting Clemson next weekend probably won't go well. BC could be challenging UVa and Syracuse for the 14th spot in the Power Rankings the rest of the year.
That's how we think the conference stacks up and below is how each writer voted. Let us know what we did wrong in the comments.
|3||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Miami||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State|
|4||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Florida State||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Virginia Tech|
|5||Miami||Miami||Miami||Pittsburgh||North Carolina||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina|
|6||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Pittsburgh||Miami||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||North Carolina||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina||Virginia Tech||Pittsburgh|
|7||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Duke||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Duke||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Miami|
|8||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||Duke||Wake Forest||Georgia Tech||Wake Forest||Pittsburgh||Wake Forest||NC State||Duke||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest|
|9||Duke||Duke||Georgia Tech||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Duke||NC State||Duke||Wake Forest||Duke||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Duke||Duke||Duke|
|10||Syracuse||Syracuse||NC State||Duke||NC State||NC State||Duke||Georgia Tech||Syracuse||Georgia Tech||Duke||NC State||NC State||NC State||NC State|
|11||NC State||NC State||Syracuse||NC State||Georgia Tech||Syracuse||Wake Forest||NC State||NC State||NC State||Georgia Tech||Syracuse||Syracuse||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech|
|12||Virginia||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Syracuse||Syracuse||Virginia||Syracuse||Syracuse||Boston College||Syracuse||Virginia||Virginia||Georgia Tech||Syracuse||Syracuse|
|13||Boston College||Boston College||Virginia||Boston College||Boston College||Georgia Tech||Virginia||Virginia||Georgia Tech||Virginia||Syracuse||Georgia Tech||Virginia||Boston College||Virginia|
|14||Georgia Tech||Virginia||Boston College||Virginia||Virginia||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Virginia||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Virginia||Boston College|