Each week, the TNIAAM football staff will be ranking all 14 ACC teams in a completely subjective manner, just like everyone else on the internet. Feel like we're completely off base? Chime in with your own ACC power rankings below.
Good luck sorting this week out past the top two. Every team has beaten teams above and below them for the most part, and that creates a whole bunch of confusion. Plus, eight of them are already bowl-eligible (most, barely) with another three right on the cusp. I mean, DUKE could potentially win the Coastal. It's incredibly confusing and little of what occurs below helps to alleviate that. Enjoy!
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1. Florida State Seminoles (10-0) (8-0) (LW: 1)
Last Week: W, 59-3 over Syracuse; Next Week: vs. Idaho
Highest Position: 1; Lowest Position: 1
Crap. That sucked. While watching Florida State's expert evisceration of Syracuse on Saturday, no new information came to light whatsoever. The Seminoles are the best team in college football, as far as I'm concerned, and as long as Jameis Winston's on the field, they stand a very good chance to win the National Championship. I hate being in the Atlantic Division...
2. Clemson Tigers (9-1) (7-1) (LW: 2)
Last Week: W, 55-31 over Georgia Tech; Next Week: vs. The Citadel
Highest Position: 2; Lowest Position: 2
Clemson won in resounding fashion over Georgia Tech, but it might have come with a price. Tajh Boyd left the game in the third after injuring his collarbone, though apparently, he'll still play against the Citadel. That seems like a waste, really, especially when that game's been all but decided already. But given its his last home start as a Tiger, I suppose it's more for understandable sentimental reasons that he'll begin the game under center.
3. Duke Blue Devils (8-2) (4-2) (LW: T-5)
Last Week: W, 48-30 over Miami; Next Week: at Wake Forest
Highest Position: 3; Lowest Position: 3
I don't even know anymore... Duke just keeps scoring boatloads of points on people and now nothing stands in the way of them an their first winning season since 1994. But how high can they climb? Already at win No. 8, the ninth (Wake Forest) seems awfully doable, and they'll need the 10th against North Carolina in order to win the Coastal. I never thought I'd live to see a 10-win Blue Devils squad, and yet, here we are.
4. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (6-4) (5-3) (LW: 4)
Last Week: L, 55-31 to Clemson; Next Week: vs. Alabama A&M
Highest Position: 4; Lowest Position: 5
Since this team's so incredibly bipolar, there's still a good chance that they'll win their division and maybe even beat Georgia, too. These Yellow Jackets are a confusing breed, with very little consistent behavior to point to. I tend to think they'll be laid to waste worst of all should they play FSU for an ACC title. Or maybe that's just a hope.
5. Boston College Eagles (6-4) (3-3) (LW: 7)
Last Week: W, 38-21 over NC State; Next Week: at Maryland
Highest Position: 4; Lowest Position: 7
Can someone recognize Andre Williams on a national scale? I know we hate the Eagles here, but it's tough to just ignore the show BC's starting halfback has put on this season: Over 1,800 yards, still with at least two games to go. A new ACC rushing record last week. Nearly 650 yards over the past two weeks. Wow.
6. Miami Hurricanes (7-3) (3-3) (LW: T-5)
Last Week: L, 48-30 to Duke; Next Week: vs. Virginia
Highest Position: 5; Lowest Position: 7
Without Duke Johnson, this team's offense has lost some steam, though he didn't play on defense -- where this squad's struggled the most lately. Each of the Hurricanes' last three opponents have put up 40 or more on this team, which certainly doesn't help an ailing offense keep up. Next week's matchup with UVa should be a nice respite.
7. Virginia Tech Hokies (7-4) (4-3) (LW: 3)
Last Week: L, 27-24 (OT) to Maryland; Next Week: BYE
Highest Position: 5; Lowest Position: 10
Tech could still very well win the Coastal again, though that appears much more in doubt after they laid an egg against the hapless Terps. A huge win against Miami seemed to bring back everyone's confidence in the Hokies just one week ago. And then they go and lose to Maryland (yup, the same team SU smoked) in overtime. Just another team no one can figure out.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels (5-5) (4-3) (LW: 10)
Last Week: W, 34-27 over Pittsburgh; Next Week: vs. Old Dominion
Highest Position: 6; Lowest Position: 11
Here's another team that is surprisingly in the thick of the Coastal race -- though they can only tie for the lead due to an early-season loss to Georgia Tech. UNC should lock up bowl eligibility with a victory over ODU and then will end the year looking to play spoiler to rival Duke. After the 1-5 start, a bowl bid would already be an achievement. But tying for a division title? Almost unheard of.
9. Syracuse Orange (5-5) (3-3) (LW: 8)
Last Week: L, 59-3 to Florida State; Next Week: vs. Pittsburgh
Highest Position: 8; Lowest Position: 10
We all knew that was coming, but it didn't make it hurt any less, especially when injuries started to pile up. Luckily, though, the Orange are still in decent shape to get to the postseason. Just win one of the final two games and Syracuse should return to a bowl for the second straight year -- the first time that's happened since the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Last Week: L, 34-27 to North Carolina; Next Week: at Syracuse
Highest Position: 9; Lowest Position: 11
Pitt's sort of plodded along all season, and now, with two games to go, find themselves just a win away from making a bowl game. They've been in this sort of spot with Syracuse before, and it ended in the Panthers' favor, but we'll see how things go down this time around. Neither team's guaranteed a win the following week at all, with Pitt facing Miami and SU up against BC, so this one's incredibly important for both.
Last Week: W, 27-24 (OT) over Virginia Tech; Next Week: vs. Boston College
Highest Position: 8; Lowest Position: 11
By pulling of an impressive upset, the Terps avoided what looked like a fantastic collapse coming from their 4-0 start. Now, they're on track to split their final two games and finish their final season in the ACC with a passable 7-5 record. But will the ACC choose to screw them over and send them down to Dallas or other parts unknown? Stay tuned in a few weeks for the comic conclusion!
12.(4-6) (2-5) (LW: 12)
Last Week: BYE; Next Week: vs. Duke
Highest Position: 12; Lowest Position: 12
Even during a bye week, it felt like Wake Forest lost. Watching yet another Duke win just meant another soul-crushing defeat was/is likely on the horizon for the Deacs this weekend. A seventh loss would knock them out of bowl contention yet again, and add a ton of questions about whether or not Jim Grobe makes it beyond this year.
13. NC State Wolfpack (3-7) (0-7) (LW: 13)
Last Week: L, 38-21 to Boston College; Next Week: vs. East Carolina
Highest Position: 13; Lowest Position: 13
This team's terrible, which is only funny because of how sure every "expert" was about their bowl chances this season. What was once an "easy" non-conference slate could end up being the death of them. I fully expect ECU to put up 60 in Raleigh on Saturday during what may end up being one of the season's most tragic comedies. #ECU4ACC #TRAIDSTATE
14. Virginia Cavaliers (2-8) (0-6) (LW: 14)
Last Week: BYE; Next Week: at Miami
Highest Position: 14; Lowest Position: 14
Miami's pretty frustrated, and that means they're going to let out a world of hurt on Virginia. Oh, you poor Hoos. Mike London is almost definitely getting fired at this point, and a few double-digit losses to the 'Canes and Virginia Tech, respectively, should seal the deal. Virginia hasn't come within less than 10 of any opponent since a 27-26 loss to Maryland back in October.