ACC Football: Conference Power Rankings, Week 8


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This is how bloggers handle bye weeks: nothing but filler content.

Our second punt of the day is a look at the Atlantic Coast Conference and its teams, one through fourteen. Where do the Boston College Eagles stack up?

1 Clemson Tigers
2 Florida State Seminoles
3 Miami Hurricanes
4 Virginia Tech Hokies
5 Maryland Terrapins
6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
7 Boston College Eagles
8 Pittsburgh Panthers
9 Duke Blue Devils
10 Syracuse Orange
11 Wake Forest Demon Deacons
12 NC State Wolfpack
13 North Carolina Tar Heels
14 Virginia Cavaliers

Boston College is seventh because, despite their three losses, they are playing as competitively as anyone in the middle to bottom tiers of the ACC right now. Maybe some would have them sixth, eighth, or even ninth (though that might be a bit low), but they are firmly planted somewhere in the middle of the pack. This is definitely not last year.

Clemson, Florida State, and Miami, in that order, are the ACC’s best teams. Virginia Tech has steadily risen and are a solid fourth. Maryland is 5-1, though a bit of an unconvincing one after the Seminoles nuked them from orbit and they needed a miracle against Virginia. From Georgia Tech on down, it’s a mess.

NC State is playing some bad football right now, North Carolina has been a huge disappointment, and Mike London’s job status is looking shaky.

The Eagles’ remaining schedule, in addition to a catastrophically-bad New Mexico State team, includes three teams below them on these power rankings and two teams above them.