The ACC had another strong slate of performances in Week 3.

The top 9 teams from last week’s power rankings all won, although those results did include some close calls. Florida State and Wake Forest were particularly reckless in how they handled inferior opposition on the road.

North Carolina, Clemson and Syracuse were amongst the teams who picked FBS wins this week. On the other side of the coin, Pitt, Virginia and Virginia Tech continue to struggle.

Here are Saturday Road’s updated power rankings after Week 3:

14. Virginia Tech (Last week: 12)

In an alternate universe, Virginia Tech could be 3-0 right now. Instead, the Hokies are 1-2 and just got housed by a pretty mediocre-at-best Rutgers team. Whatever is happening in Blacksburg, it’s not good.

13. Virginia (Last week: 14)

Virginia jumped out to a 14-0 lead against Maryland on Friday night and then … the wheels fell off. The Terps scored 42 unanswered. Some of that was due to freshman mistakes by Anthony Colandrea, but some was caused by Virginia just not having the talent to keep up with Maryland.

12. Boston College (Last week: 13)

Boston College gave it a run against Florida State. The Eagles might really have something in Thomas Castellanos

11. Pitt (Last week: 10)

Pitt’s offense is putrid. Phil Jurkovec has now posted back-to-back games with a completion percentage below 50%. Pitt is looking like a team that will miss bowl eligibility for the first time since 2017.

10. Georgia Tech (Last week: 11)

Georgia Tech lost 48-23 on the road at Ole Miss on Saturday. However, this was a 10-point game entering the 4th quarter. Haynes King threw for more than 300 yards on the road vs. a SEC defense. That bodes well for the Yellow Jackets for when the schedule lightens up.

9. NC State (Last week: 9)

NC State thrashed VMI on Saturday. Brennan Armstrong had the best game of his NC State career so far, throwing for 264 yards. I still have some concerns about this offense moving forward.

8. Louisville (Last week: 7)

Louisville beat Indiana 21-14 in Indianapolis on Saturday, but it could have been cleaner. Still, the Cardinals are 3-0 and have a pair of Power-5 wins away from home.

7. Wake Forest (Last week: 6)

That was close, Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons needed a late comeback to beat Old Dominion on the road on Saturday. The Monarchs led 17-0 at the half. Wake Forest’s offense spotted ODU 14 points with a pick-6 and a scoop-and-score. The Demon Deacons were fortunate to come away unblemished here.

6. Syracuse (Last week: 8)

Syracuse moves up again after soundly beating Purdue in Week 3. This was the best team Syracuse has faced so far in 2023, and Garrett Shrader delivered. He passes for 184 yards and rushed for 195 yards and 4 touchdowns in the win. The Orange are playing like a top-25 team.

5. Clemson (Last week: 5)

Clemson had no issues dealing with Florida Atlantic on Saturday night, earning its first FBS win of the season. The Tigers still haven’t played their best game, but they will have an opportunity to get back into the mix at home this week vs. FSU.

4. Duke (Last week: 4)

Duke crushed Northwestern 38-14 on Saturday. The Blue Devils are 3-0 and should move up in the polls this week.

3. Miami (Last week: 2)

Miami slips back a spot to make room for North Carolina, but the Hurricanes had a good week. They comfortably dispatched of Bethune-Cookman on Thursday. Miami and UNC will meet in Chapel Hill on Oct. 14.

2. North Carolina (Last week: 3)

North Carolina moves up a spot this week after picking up its 2nd Power-5, nonconference victory of the season. The Tar Heels were dominant against an upset-minded Minnesota team. Drake Maye notched his 2nd-career game with 400+ passing yards in the win.

1. Florida State (Last week: 1)

That was a little too close for comfort, Florida State. But the Noles hang on to the top spot for 2 reasons. One, its victory over LSU is still the best win any team in the conference has earned this season. Two, Florida State was in a massive look-ahead spot with a trip to Clemson looming in Week 4. If FSU goes into Death Valley and wins, it will be easy to forgive the Noles for this slip-up.