ACC power rankings entering Week 10: Florida State, Louisville rise to the top
Week 9 of ACC action is in the books.
While Florida State continues to play like the best team in the conference on a weekly basis, there’s a lot of movement this week elsewhere on this list. Clemson and Carolina both suffered big drops this week after losing again in Week 9.
Louisville established itself as the clear No. 2 team in the ACC after earning a shutout win over Duke this week. Programs like Boston College and Virginia Tech are on the rise as well.
Here’s an updated look at Saturday Road’s ACC power rankings entering Week 10:
14. Pitt (Last week: 14)
Pitt was thumped by Notre Dame this weekend and now may have a full-scale mutiny on its hands after comments made by coach Pat Narduzzi. The Panthers’ 2021 ACC title feels like it happened another lifetime ago.
13. Syracuse (Last week: 11)
Syracuse was supposed to play with a little more juice after its bye week, but that didn’t really come to fruition. The Orange ran into a Virginia Tech-sized buzzsaw in Week 9 and now may be staring down the end of the Dino Babers era.
12. Wake Forest (Last week: 12)
Wake Forest was handled by Florida State this past weekend, marking its first loss to the Noles at home since 2017. The Deacons will face Duke on the road on Thursday night.
11. Virginia (Last week: 13)
Virginia moves up a couple spots this week after taking Miami to overtime on the road. The Cavaliers have played much better in recent weeks. It’s too late for a postseason run this year, but there are some signs of progress under Tony Elliott.
10. Clemson (Last week: 5)
Clemson is now 4-4 this season and 7-7 over its past 14 games dating back to last season. Clemson will have to beat two of Notre Dame, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and South Carolina in order to reach a bowl. I’m not at all confident the Tigers have enough in the tank to get there.
9. NC State (Last week: 10)
NC State moves up this week after holding off Clemson. The Wolfpack are still a bit of a mess offensively, but Kevin Concepcion is a stud and their defense is formidable. Big test this weekend at home vs. Miami.
8. North Carolina (Last week: 3)
I didn’t drop Carolina significantly after its first awful loss, but I’m not making that mistake twice. Another dreadful performance by Carolina’s defense, reverting back to some old habits from last season. UNC is dangerously close to wasting the most talented quarterback it has ever had.
7. Georgia Tech (Last week: 9)
The Yellow Jackets are now 4-0 vs. ranked ACC teams since Brent Key took over late last season. That includes two wins against the Tar Heels in back-to-back seasons. A win vs. Still, this weekend’s game vs. Virginia is a must-win for GT if it wants to make a bowl.
6. Virginia Tech (Last week: 8)
Forget bowl eligibility, Virginia Tech now controls its own destiny in the ACC. The Hokies are underdogs vs. Louisville this week, but a win would put them solidly in second place in the ACC standings behind only FSU. Kyron Drones has completely flipped VT’s season in a positive direction.
5. Boston College (Last week: 7)
Boston College moves into the top 5 for the first time this season. The Eagles have now won four games in a row and could clinch bowl eligibility on Friday night vs. Syracuse.
4. Duke (Last week: 2)
Look, Duke is just not the same when Riley Leonard is struggling like this. Leonard’s ankle injury has derailed Duke’s season with back-to-back losses to Florida State and Louisville. Duke’s defense is still competitive, but the Blue Devils need Leonard to get healthy quickly.
3. Miami (Last week: 4)
Yes, Miami had to go to overtime this week to beat Virginia at home. But the Canes found a way to win, which is significant. Tyler Van Dyke didn’t quite look right, however. Miami needs Van Dyke to return to September levels of production if its going to finish strong.
2. Louisville (Last week: 6)
I think I was still sleeping on Louisville when I had the Cardinals at 6 last week after a bye week and a stunning loss to Pitt. But the Cardinals have been as dominant as anyone in the country this season at home. Given what the rest of the ACC is behind Florida State, that alone makes Louisville the clear option at No. 2 this week.
1. Florida State (Last week: 1)
Three straight weeks of double-digit wins over ACC opposition. Florida State is rolling right now with no sign of slowing down anytime soon.