We’ve got one week in the books. Outside of most of the teams playing slop laying waste to said slop, it wasn’t a good look for the ACC. Not a single conference boosting win to be had. We’ll have to see if Week 2 will be any different.
1. Clemson Tigers (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 2
This week: vs. Auburn
Clemson did exactly what the reigning national champions should do when they play a team without its head coach and a new QB, beating Kent St 56-3. Kelly Bryant also looked like he might be able to fill the shoes vacated by Deshaun Watson, but a stronger opponent this week in Auburn will let us know how real the Fightin 8-Balls really are.
2. Florida State Seminoles (0-1, 0-0). Last week: 1
This week: vs. Louisiana Monroe
The ‘Noles to Alabama’s best shot, and if it wasn’t for some spotty special teams plays, could have played a much closer game. The loss in the loss column isn’t nearly as big of a loss as losing Deondre Francois for the season. Freshman James Blackmon looks to step in and carry FSU the rest of the season.
3. Miami-Florida Hurricanes (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 4
This week: at Arkansas State, canceled
Miami disposed of Bethune-Cookman 41-13. I didn’t even see a highlight from the game so I can’t give you any hot takes. With the off week this week now thanks to Hurrican Irma, the Hurricanes will get some extra time to prepare for FSU in Week 3.
4. Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 5
This week: vs. Delaware
A 31-24 outlasting of a West Virginia team that most thought were overrated coming into the season was enough for the national media to anoint Justin Fuentes the best coach in the country and Virginia Tech pretty much a year away from winning the National Championship. We’ll pump the brakes at least til the Hokies play Clemson at the end of the month.
5. Louisville Cardinals (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 3
This week: at UNC
Louisville shot itself in the foot multiple times inside the Purdue redzone by turning the ball over. Ultimately, the Cardinals only won by a touchdown, which was more than enough for many to question if Louisville has enough to challenge FSU and Clemson in the Atlantic division.
6. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (0-1, 0-0). Last week: 7
This week: vs. Jacksonville State
A questionable decision to go for 2 in overtime and a collapse of a defense lead to Georgia Tech not being the absolute toast of the ACC for the week. Their offense did look impressive against an SEC defense which should send shivers down the spine of all ACC fans. Looks like Paul Johnson, the cockroach of the ACC coaches, will live to see the 2018 season at the least.
7. N.C. State Wolfpack (0-1, 0-0). Last week: 6
This week: vs. Marshall
OHHHHHH BOY. State goes from never playing a legitimate out of conference opponent, to being thought of as a darkhorse for the playoffs, to being 0-1 after losing to an after thought in the SEC East. Luckily they don’t have to play ECU this season and get really embarrassed.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1, 0-0). Last week: 8
This week: vs. Louisville
Heels didn’t have consistency on either side of the ball on Saturday against Cal, losing at home, 35-30. Things won’t get easier this week when Louisville comes to town. If they don’t improve, getting to a bowl game could be a struggle for the Fedora Bunch.
9. Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 9
This week: at Penn State
I can’t imagine there are too many Pitt fans feeling good right now. A close win against a Top Ten FCS team isn’t the end of the world, but with back to back games against Penn State and Oklahoma State on the horizon, 1-2 looks almost assured. The good news for the Panthers is they avoid FSU, Louisville, and Clemson.
10. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 10
This week: at BC
Wake vs. BC? Woof
11. Syracuse Orange (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 12
This week: vs. Middle Tennessee State
Cuse QB Eric Dungey passed for 328 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was against Central Connecticut, but those numbers are pretty impressive. The Orange are only 9.5 point favorites, but should have no problem putting up more impressive offensive numbers against a team that gave up 367 yards to Vanderbilt last weekend.
12. Duke Blue Devils (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 11
This week: vs. Northwestern
A 60-7 beatdown of NC Central wasn’t going to tell us much about the 2017 Blue Devils. This weekend’s meeting with Northwestern could be more of the test we need to know anything.
(tie) 13. Boston College Eagles (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 14
This week: vs. Wake Forest.
Wake Forest at BC? Yak
(tie) 13. Virginia Cavaliers (1-0, 0-0). Last week: 13
This week: vs. Indiana
The only reason this was even a tie is because we’re a Virginia blog. Bunch of homers around here. A win over their FCS opponent is already a step in the right direction for the team, but a win over an opponent that looked good (for a half) in Week 1 could get some blood flowing in the fanbase.
For those of you so inclined, here are all the individual votes this week, so you can see my ballot and then everyone else’s, which are all wrong.
2017 Week 1 ACC Football POWER Rankings
|1||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson||Clemson|
|2||Florida State||Clemson||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Clemson||Florida State||Florida State||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Florida State||Florida State||Miami|
|3||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Miami||Louisville||Louisville||Georgia Tech||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State||Miami||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech|
|4||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Louisville||Virginia Tech||Louisville||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Florida State||Virginia Tech||Louisville||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Miami||Florida State|
|5||Louisville||Louisville||Virginia Tech||Louisville||Virginia Tech||Louisville||Miami||Miami||Louisville||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Louisville||Louisville||Louisville||Louisville|
|6||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||NC State||Georgia Tech||NC State||NC State||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Virginia Tech||Louisville||NC State||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Pittsburgh||Georgia Tech|
|7||NC State||NC State||Georgia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina||Georgia Tech||NC State||Syracuse||Boston College||Boston College||Georgia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina||North Carolina|
|8||North Carolina||Syracuse||North Carolina||NC State||Georgia Tech||North Carolina||North Carolina||Duke||Pittsburgh||Duke||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Georgia Tech||Pittsburgh|
|9||Pittsburgh||North Carolina||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||Wake Forest||Duke||Wake Forest||NC State||Pittsburgh||Wake Forest||NC State||NC State||Wake Forest||NC State|
|10||Duke||Pittsburgh||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Duke||Syracuse||Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh||North Carolina||Syracuse||Boston College||Virginia||Wake Forest||NC State||Wake Forest|
|11||Virginia||Duke||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse||Boston College||Wake Forest||NC State||Duke||Wake Forest||Virginia||Wake Forest||Syracuse||Syracuse||Syracuse|
|12||Boston College||Wake Forest||Virginia||Virginia||Wake Forest||Duke||Syracuse||North Carolina||Wake Forest||North Carolina||Syracuse||Duke||Duke||Virginia||Virginia|
|13||Wake Forest||Boston College||Duke||Duke||Virginia||Pittsburgh||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Virginia||Duke||Syracuse||Virginia||Duke||Duke|
|14||Syracuse||Virginia||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Virginia||Boston College||Boston College||Syracuse||NC State||North Carolina||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College|