ACC power rankings entering Week 8: Clemson-Syracuse is a matchup of the ACC's best teams
Week 7 is in the books.
The ACC had several big games over the weekend, with Clemson and Syracuse both taking down top opposition in the Atlantic division. North Carolina also kept its undefeated conference record with a win over Coastal foe Duke.
Here’s how those results impacted this week’s rankings:
14. Virginia (Last week: 14)
Virginia was off this week but the Cavaliers keep their dead-last placement in these rankings. They’ve been out-scored by 59 points in games against Illinois, Duke and Louisville this season.
13. Virginia Tech (Last week: 13)
The Hokies made a late run at Miami in the 4th quarter this weekend, but it wasn’t enough. It’s time for Brent Pry to start building for the future — if he isn’t already.
12. Boston College (Last week: 12)
Welcome back from your bye week, Boston College. Next up: at Wake Forest, who is also coming off of an open date.
11. Louisville (Last week: 11)
Louisville should be healthier following its bye week. The Cardinals have an extremely tough schedule the rest of the way, so a win over Pitt at home on Saturday might be a necessity for Scott Satterfield.
10. Duke (Last week: 9)
Duke lost a second-straight heartbreaker this weekend to North Carolina. It’s a tough rivalry loss, but there’s still a path to Duke reaching bowl-eligibility in Year 1 under Mike Elko. Upsetting Miami on the road this weekend would be a good start.
9. Miami (Last week: 10)
Win column, Canes. Miami snapped a 3-game winning streak this weekend with a win over Virginia Tech. However, Miami committed 17 penalties and was largely unconvincing in the second half. Still plenty of room for growth.
8. Georgia Tech (Last week: 8)
Georgia Tech remains at No. 8 this week and is still riding back-to-back ACC wins since it fired Geoff Collins. Let’s see what Brent Key cooked up over the Jackets’ bye week.
7. Pittsburgh (Last week: 7)
Pitt holds strong at No. 7 this week following its bye week. The Panthers still haven’t played their best football yet this year, especially on offense. The next 2 weeks will determine what type of season they have: at Louisville and at North Carolina.
6. Florida State (Last week: 6)
Three straight losses for the Noles, but things are about to get a lot easier. Florida State is off in Week 8 and then hosts Georgia Tech in Week 9. FSU needs to get back into the win column before a big November stretch.
5. NC State (Last week: 3)
Poor NC State. The Wolfpack are now without Devin Leary for the rest of the season and will need to run the table in order to get to 10 regular season wins. A bye week is coming at the right time, but this feels like a lost season in many ways.
4. North Carolina (Last week: 5)
Another week, another road win for the Heels. That’s 4 of them already this year as North Carolina is now officially bowl-eligible. UNC is 6-1 and looks like the favorite to win the Coastal. Mack Brown’s team gets a well-deserved bye week this weekend.
3. Wake Forest (Last week: 2)
Wake Forest slips a spot on its bye week due to Syracuse’s emergence. If the Orange lose at Clemson this weekend, Wake Forest will likely take back the No. 2 spot in these rankings. Wake is a massive favorite over Boston College this weekend.
2. Syracuse (Last week: 4)
Syracuse is 6-0 on the season and deserves the No. 2 spot after beating NC State over the weekend. The Wolfpack were without Devin Leary, but Syracuse still played exceptionally well. The Orange have a chance in Death Valley this weekend.
1. Clemson (Last week: 1)
Once again, Clemson proved it belongs at the top of these rankings. The Tigers went down to Tallahassee and came away with a 34-28 win — a score line that flattered the Noles. Clemson is dominant.