ACC power rankings entering Week 4: FSU, NC State move up after impressive wins
Week 4 in the ACC is in the books.
Most teams near the top of the conference won this week, with the exception of Miami’s tough loss in College Station over the weekend.
Florida State, NC State and Syracuse all won vs. Power 5 teams this week. The Seminoles and Wolfpack each moved up in the rankings while the Orange held strong in the top half of the league.
Here’s Saturday Road’s power rankings for Week 4:
14. Georgia Tech (Last week: 11)
Georgia Tech was non-competitive in a 42-0 loss at home to Ole Miss this weekend. Jeff Sims averaged just over 5 yards per attempt. The Yellow Jackets’ leading rusher had 27 yards. It’s getting ugly in Atlanta.
13. Virginia (Last week: 14)
Win column, Virginia. The Cavaliers hit a field goal at the buzzer to avoid an embarrassing home loss to Old Dominion — keeping the Monarchs from a sweep of Power 5 programs in their home state. There’s still a lot of word to do here.
12. Boston College (Last week: 13)
Boston College managed to get its first win of the season on Saturday, beating Maine. It still wasn’t pretty, though, as the Eagles gave up 17 points and rushed for just over 100 yards.
11. Louisville (Last week: 10)
Louisville had every chance to defeat Florida State on Friday night, but couldn’t get it done. The Cardinals are now 0-2 in ACC play and the path to bowl eligibility is getting narrow.
10. Virginia Tech (Last week: 12)
Virginia Tech is now 2-1 in the Brent Pry era, with the only blemish being that pesky Old Dominion loss from back in Week 1. The Hokies have out-gained their opponents in all 3 contests so far this season.
9. Duke (Last week: 9)
Duke did it! The Blue Devils are 3-0 and will face an undefeated Kansas team in Lawrence this week. Yes, that’s real. Duke will be road underdogs again this week, but Mike Elko’s crew handled that just fine vs. Northwestern.
8. North Carolina (Last week: 8)
North Carolina didn’t budge this week while enjoying the week off. The Tar Heels will host a desperate Notre Dame team in Week 4 — the first elite test for quarterback Drake Maye.
7. Syracuse (Last week: 7)
Syracuse is 3-0 and is cruising toward bowl eligibility. Garrett Shrader looked human again in Week 3, but he did manage to throw a perfect ball in the final seconds of regulation to beat Purdue. Syracuse’s defense is legit, too.
6. Wake Forest (Last week: 5)
Wake Forest needed some good fortunate to get past Liberty in Week 3. The Flames aren’t terrible, but it wasn’t the kind of performance Wake Forest was hoping for. Perhaps the Demon Deacons got caught looking ahead to a crucial matchup with Clemson at home in Week 4.
5. Miami (Last week: 2)
Miami drops 3 spots for its 17-9 loss to Texas A&M in Week 3. The Hurricanes are awesome defensively but putrid on 4 offensive trips to the red zone. If the Canes can clean that up — and find a replacement for star receiver Xavier Restrepo — they can still be a tier 1 ACC squad.
4. Pittsburgh (Last week: 4)
Pittsburgh was solid in its Week 3 win over Western Michigan, but the Panthers still fall back a spot due to FSU and NC State defeating Power 5 teams. Pitt is clearly one of the best teams in the ACC, though — especially when Kedon Slovis is healthy.
3. NC State (Last week: 6)
NC State moves up 3 spots after winning convincingly against an underrated Texas Tech team in Week 3. NC State’s Week 1 struggles vs. East Carolina are starting to look more like a fluke than anything to be seriously concerned about.
2. Florida State (Last week: 4)
Florida State moves up 2 spots after picking up its first ACC win of the season on the road against Louisville. The Noles will have to sweat out the injury report this week, but they’re off to a great start in Year 3 of the Mike Norvell era.
1. Clemson (Last week: 1)
Clemson took care of business vs. Louisiana Tech and holds on to the top spot. This has gone somewhat under-the-radar nationally, but quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has been making progress as a runner and as a passer early in the season.