Week 1 ACC Football Power Rankings

Seems that Dabo Swinney has finally found favor with the Gods. - Streeter Lecka

Time for me to show off how little I really know about college football.

1. Clemson Tigers (1-0, 0-0)

Their huge win over uga moved them up to #4 in today's AP Poll. If their defense can hold more than they did last year, Clemson will be a major player this year. Their two toughest conference games are at home, and their other tough out-of-conference game is their last game of the regular season.

2. Florida State Seminoles (1-0, 1-0)

Jameis Winston was playing out of his mind in his first career college game. 25-for-27 passing for over 350 yards and 4 touchdowns is nuts for a redshirt freshman beginning a season against a conference opponent. He had incredible accuracy and instincts in the pocket. If he can answer the QB question in Tallahassee, there may not be another major question mark for this team. They could be dangerous on the national stage this season.

3. Miami Hurricanes (1-0, 0-0)

They had a solid beat down of FAU this week as Duke Johnson went for 186 yards on only 19 carries. The true test for this team comes this week as they take on Florida at home. We'll learn a lot about Miami by the end of the weekend.

4. Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1, 0-0)

They get a pass for scoring 10 points on Alabama. That offense was a nightmare though. Logan Thomas was an abysmal 5-for-26 on the day, and on the two scoring drives he combined to go 1-for-2 for 6 yards and 2 rushing yards. If he's regularly a non-factor to this degree, this team won't be hard to beat and may struggle to make a bowl game. They have a much-needed slate of Western Carolina, East Carolina, and Marshall prior to their matchup against Georgia Tech.

5. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0, 0-0)

A 70-0 win against Elon was good, but will it translate past their bye week to their consecutive matchups with Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Miami, and BYU?

6. Virginia Cavaliers (1-0, 0-0)

Their 19-16 win over BYU was impressive, but the product of a few timely mishaps by BYU's offense and good plays by their defense. I'll be extremely impressed if they can hang with Oregon this week.

7. North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1, 0-0)

They played a very formidable opponent in South Carolina, but the expected "offensive juggernaut" were held short of 300 yards while allowing over 400 (including almost 230 on the ground). Lucky for them, they have a date with Middle Tennessee State and a bye week before travelling to Atlanta in a few weeks.

8. NC State Wolfpack (1-0, 0-0)

It was a fairly impressive offensive showing of nearly 550 yards for NC State this week against Louisiana Tech in a 40-14 victory. The true test here will come a week from Thursday when they travel to Death Valley and take on division favorite Clemson.

9. Pittsburgh Panthers (0-1, 0-1)

Pitt got simply overmatched by a highly talented Florida State team for a real "Welcome to the ACC" slap in the face. Lucky for them, their next three opponents are New Mexico, Duke, and Virginia. Beyond that, they'll play Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, and Navy before travelling to Atlanta.

10. Duke Blue Devils (1-0, 0-0)

Duke racked up nearly 500 yards of offense against NC Central but was working out some issues with 7 penalties for 57 yards. They travel to Memphis next week before hosting Georgia Tech in a game that will be very difficult if they're unable to display discipline.

11. Syracuse Orange (0-1, 0-0)

They struggled mightily on both sides of the ball against Penn State with passing significantly under 50%, less than 2 yards per carry, and 8 penalties for 70 yards. That said, their third down defense was phenomenal, shutting down Penn State on 15 of 16 opportunities. They see another tough matchup this week as they travel to Northwestern.

12. Maryland Terrapins (1-0, 0-0)

Maryland's offense looked great on Saturday in a 43-10 rout of Florida International, and their upcoming slate of Old Dominion and Connecticut is hardly a murderer's row. They'll get a nasty wake up call in Week 5 against Florida State.

13. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0, 0-0)

Wake struggled to get control of Presbyterian, and only took the lead shortly before halftime. They play Boston College next week before taking on Louisiana-Monroe and Army. They very well could head into their Week 5 matchup with Clemson undefeated, but the rest of their season from that point could be very unfruitful.

14. Boston College Eagles (1-0, 0-0)

The Eagles trailed FCS Villanova heading into halftime before winning unconvincingly, 24-14. If that's a sign of things to come, it'll be a rough year for Steve Addazio's crew.

Where'd I get it wrong? Who am I underestimating or overestimating?

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