ACC power rankings entering Week 5: Clemson, Florida State cling to top spots
Week 4 is in the books.
There’s not much movement at the top of this week’s rankings, as Clemson and Florida State both held serve. But that could change in the coming weeks as several Atlantic division contenders are set to face off in October.
Miami and North Carolina both took big tumbles down the rankings after bad performances this week.
Here’s Saturday Road’s ACC power rankings entering Week 5:
14. Georgia Tech (Last week: 14)
Georgia Tech reportedly fired coach Geoff Collins and athletic director Todd Stansbury after the Yellow Jackets’ loss to UCF this weekend. Georgia Tech is looking at another full rebuild.
13. Boston College (Last week: 12)
Non-competitive against Florida State in Tallahassee this weekend. Didn’t cross midfield until the second half.
12. Virginia (Last week: 13)
Brennan Armstrong continues to struggle, which means the Cavaliers don’t have much of a chance to do anything significant in 2022. The they did show some fight this weekend by nearly upsetting Syracuse on the road.
11. Virginia Tech (Last week: 10)
The Hokies were competitive for most of the night vs. West Virginia, but things fell apart in the 4th quarter. The Hokies have a solid defense, but they’re offensive skill talent is lacking.
10. North Carolina (Last week: 8)
North Carolina was favored vs. Notre Dame this weekend and completely laid an egg. UNC’s defense was decimated and the offense couldn’t keep up. Drake Maye’s final stat line looks good, but a lot of that production came after the outcome had been decided. This was a disheartening performance on both sides of the ball.
9. Miami (Last week: 5)
What’s going on in Coral Gables? Miami now owns easily the worst nonconference loss for an ACC program in 2022 after getting blown out by Middle Tennessee this weekend. With Tyler Van Dyke benched, the Canes might have a quarterback controversy, too.
8. Louisville (Last week: 11)
Louisville had a fantastic showing in Week 4 as it blew out South Florida 41-3. Malik Cunningham rushed for 3 touchdowns and threw for another in the win. Louisville still has a shot at bowl eligibility.
7. Duke (Last week: 9)
Duke lost to Kansas this week, but still moves up a couple spots because of even-worse performances from Miami and North Carolina. Riley Leonard is legit and Duke statistically has the best offense in the ACC so far.
6. Syracuse (Last week: 7)
Another week, another Syracuse win. The Orange did just enough to knock off Virginia this week to move to 4-0 on the season. Syracuse’s defense looks extremely strong and the offense always seems to come through in the clutch.
5. Wake Forest (Last week: 6)
Wake Forest moves up a spot despite the loss to Clemson. The Demon Deacons did more than enough to prove they’re legit contenders in the ACC this season. Sam Hartman threw 6 touchdown passes and routinely made Clemson’s shorthanded secondary look like scout team.
4. Pittsburgh (Last week: 4)
Pitt had no issues with Rhode Island this week as Kedon Slovis returned to action. Running back Israel Abanikanda continues to look like one of the best offensive weapons in the ACC.
3. NC State (Last week: 3)
NC State took care of business this week, beating UConn 41-10. Devin Leary threw for 4 touchdowns in what was arguably his best game of the season so far. The real test comes this week vs. Clemson.
2. Florida State (Last week: 2)
Florida State remains at 2 after dismantling Boston College over the weekend. The sold-out crowd at Doak Campbell Stadium was electric and FSU dominated on all 3 sides of the ball.
1. Clemson (Last week: 1)
The Tigers had their best offensive performance of the season on Saturday in Winston-Salem, and they needed every bit of it. This was a culture win for Clemson. It got big plays from DJ Uiagalelei, BT Potter and plenty of others. Defensively, there’s some work to do but Clemson has the personnel to be much better when fully healthy.