Considering that it was the week before Christmas, there were a lot of big results in the ACC last week. There’s the UNC one that most people reading this would like to forget about. However, that was far from the only bad loss a ACC team suffered last week. That’s caused a pretty big shake up in our power rankings for this week.
1. #4 Duke (12-1)
Despite playing just one game since their loss at Boston College, Duke slides back up to #1, thanks mostly to what’s happened to teams around them. As weird as it is for the current last-placed team in the ACC to be highest ranked team in the conference, it’s semi-fair. That loss to Boston College isn’t as bad as some of the others suffered by ACC teams recently. They will face a tough task this week when they take on the #2 team in these power rankings.
2. #24 Florida State (11-1)
After laboring for a bit against Charleston Southern, FSU ended up winning that game and another against Southern Miss to improve to 11-1. They might not last this high in the power ranking or in the national top 25 rankings as they have a brutal start to ACC play ahead of them.
3. #9 Virginia (11-1)
Virginia has not done anything particularly interesting so far this season, but that seems pretty on brand. Their one loss was to a ranked West Virginia team, and they’ve been pretty Virginia since and allowed less than 50 points in their last two games.
4. Louisville (10-2)
Here is the “didn’t do anything interesting, but didn’t lose a bad game recently” portion of the rankings. Since losing two straight to Purdue and Seton Hall, the Cardinals have won six straight. Their game this week against Kentucky should give a clue to as how good Louisville is or isn’t.
5. Virginia Tech (10-2)
The Hokies bounced back after losing to Kentucky by beating Presbyterian.
6. #15 Miami (11-1)
The Hurricanes suffered their first loss of the season, losing a game to New Mexico State. NMSU has become a tournament semi-regular recently, but that’s still not a loss a ACC team should suffer.
7. #13 North Carolina (11-2)
UNC bounced back against Ohio State, but still has to drop because of that loss to Wofford. In terms of how good the team actually is, they’re still probably top five in the conference, but that loss was still completely inexplicable.
8. Notre Dame (10-3)
Notre Dame didn’t lose in the past week, but still have losses to Ball State and Indiana on their résumé.
9. Clemson (11-1)
The Tigers are continuing their yearly tradition of racking up wins in the non-conference without doing anything especially impressive. They do have a win against Florida this time around, but the Gators haven’t exactly been lighting it up recently.
10. Boston College (10-3)
BC is on a five-game winning streak, which includes the win over Duke. Despite that, they’re still low on the list because of their recent history. The Eagles looked to be improved over past years, but it’s still going tot take more than one win over Duke to make people believe that they’re a legit team.
11. Syracuse (10-2)
The Orange suffered a home loss to St. Bonaventure in their most recent game. That loss arguably isn’t as bad as the ones Miami or UNC took, but Syracuse also don’t have the wins or expectations of either of those teams.
12. NC State (10-3)
Yes, this tweet was included in the ACC power rankings last week. Your point?
13. Wake Forest (7-5)
Since starting the season 1-4, the Demon Deacons have stabilized somewhat. They won six in a row, before finally losing to Tennessee in their last game.
14. Pitt (8-5)
The Panthers have been winning games recently, but it’s still tough to look past their start of the season.
15. Georgia Tech (5-6)
Georgia Tech, oh no, baby, what is you doing?