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ACC Power Rankings: Week 7

The Ceiling is the Basement

Notre Dame v North Carolina Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images

After this week’s slate of games, there has been some movement in the ACC Power Rankings. The two teams remain unchanged from last week, however a few key victories have shuffled some of the teams in the middle of the pack.

If you are looking for our beloved North Carolina Tar Heels, scroll to the bottom.

1. Clemson 6-0 (4-0)

The Tigers hosted Wake Forest on Saturday and climbed to a 21-0 lead when quarterback Kelly Bryant sprained an ankle and left the game. The Deacons scored 14 points in the fourth to make it a respectable 28-14 against the second-ranked team in the country. Clemson travels to the Carrier Dome for a Friday night game against Syracuse this week.

2. Miami 4-0 (2-0)

The streak is finally over for the Hurricanes, as their seven game losing streak to Florida State is now over. Florida State led 3-0 at the half, then both teams started to put points on the board. The Seminoles led 20-17 with just under a minute and a half in the game. Miami quarterback Malik Rosier tossed a 23-yard pass to Darrell Langham with six seconds left in the game to win it for the Hurricanes. It was just the fourth catch of the season for Langham.

3. NC State 5-1 (3-0)

A pick-six with less than three minutes to play sealed the victory for NC State against Louisville last Thursday night. Two victories against ranked teams and starting 3-0 in conference play makes this is the best start for UNC-R since the early 2000s. With Notre Dame and Clemson looming, they hit the road against Pitt in a classic trap game scenario.

4. Virginia Tech 5-1 (1-1)

The Hokies bounced back after their loss at Clemson and took care of business against Boston College. It was not the best offensive effort by Virginia, but their defense kept BC at bay for much of the game. They have a week of rest before hosting the Tar Heels.

5. Georgia Tech 3-1 (2-0)

The Yellow Jackets had a week of extra preparation for their important matchup against Miami. The game on Saturday will determine who has the early advantage in the Coastal Division.

6. Louisville 4-2 (1-2)

The loss versus NC State is the second in league play for the Cardinals. However, it is certainly possible that they can outscore the rest of their conference slate starting with Boston College this Saturday.

7. Florida State 1-3 (1-2)

Perhaps the second-most injury riddled team in the ACC, the Seminoles still had a great chance to win against Miami. The next two games will likely determine the trajectory of FSU’s season, starting with a trip to Durham this weekend.

8. Virginia 4-1 (1-0)

The ‘Hoos kept battling against Duke, and won their conference opener 28-21 in Durham. On what would be the decisive scoring drive in that game, the Cavaliers converted four third downs, including a 3rd and 3 that went for a touchdown. Virginia is in Chapel Hill this weekend for the South’s Oldest Rivalry. What will happen with Carolina’s seven game winning streak over Virginia?

9. Wake Forest 4-2 (1-2)

Wake has a week to rest up after facing Florida State and Clemson. It does not seem to get any easier for the Demon Deacons, as they have just one or two games left on the schedule in which they may be favored.

10. Duke 4-2 (1-2)

The Blue Devils, and specifically quarterback Daniel Jones, are slumping right now after a solid start to the season. They face another slumping team in Florida State this weekend.

11. Syracuse 3-3 (1-1)

The Orange are glad they grabbed a W last week because they are about to enter the gauntlet. Syracuse hosts Clemson on Friday, travels to Miami next Saturday, and heads to Tallahassee the first weekend of November.

12. Pitt 2-4 (0-2)

The Panthers had an extra week to prepare for NC State. Let’s see if it pays off for Pitt. They almost spoiled things for Clemson last year in a similar situation.

13. Boston College 2-4 (0-3)

The Eagles offense is struggling, and although this team does not seem like the 2015 BC squad that was winless in league play, the results have not been there against conference opponents.

14. North Carolina 1-5 (0-3)

This is officially the Hard Time Blues Tar Heel Tour ‘17. But hey, Late Night with Roy is on Friday.