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ACC Power Rankings: Week 5

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It's Monday morning and that means one thing: ACC Power Rankings! This week's edition shows a little shakeup in the conference. Some teams moved up, some teams moved down, and some teams make us scratch our head.

Michael Shroyer

1. Florida State - The Seminoles keep their top spot after defeating NC State in an offensive shootout last Saturday at Carter-Findley Stadium. In what was a totally different type of game from last Saturday's strong defensive showing against Clemson, it was the offense that stole the show. Jameis Winston throw for 365 yards and four touchdowns and helped lead the Noles to a comeback win in the second half. Florida State plays host to Wake Forest next Saturday.

Record: 4-0, Conference 2-0. Previous ranking: 1

2. Georgia Tech - The Ramblin Wreck had the luxury of a bye week in which they keep their ranking, for now. Sitting at 4-0,  the Yellow Jackets have had a week to heal and rest in time with a Coastal match up with the Miami Hurricanes who are coming off a 22-10 victory over the Duke Blue Devils. The next two weeks will show the world if Georgia Tech is a contender or a pretender in the ACC Coastal.

Record: 4-0, Conference 1-0. Previous ranking: 2

3. Miami - After losing 48-30 last year in Durham, Miami redeemed themselves by beating the Duke Blue Devils 22-10 last Saturday in Sun Life Stadium. The Hurricanes looked well balanced with 223 yards passing and 203 yards rushing. Duke Johnson displayed why he is the best back in the ACC with 155 yards rushing and a touchdown. The Miami defense got after Duke quarterback Anthony Boone and only gave up 85 yards on the ground. The Hurricanes head to Atlanta Saturday for a Coastal showdown with Georgia Tech.

Record: 3-2, Conference 1-1. Previous ranking: 11

4. Clemson - Deshaun Watson has taken the reigns at the Quarterback position for the Clemson Tigers. In his first career start, the freshman threw for six touchdowns in leading Clemson to a 50-35 drubbing of North Carolina and now look to be back on track. The Tigers now get ready for a long stretch in division play starting with NC State this Saturday.

Record: 2-2, Conference 1-1. Previous ranking: 7

5. Louisville - It wasn't pretty but the Cardinals got a nice defensive performance and some help from Brandon Radcliff as he racked up 129 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. The Cardinals were also without starting quarterback Will Gardner who is still nursing a knee injury from last weeks game against FIU. Louisville plays at Syracuse this Saturday.

Record: 4-1, Conference 2-1. Previous ranking: 5

6. NC State - The Wolfpack put on a valiant effort last Saturday against the Seminoles in front of their home crowd. They lead at halftime 24-21 but could not find an answer for Jameis Winston and the Seminole passing attack and lost in a wild game 56-41.  The Wolfpack have to give a better defensive effort; yes they lost but you have to be happy with the way the team is playing. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns last Saturday and is only going to get better. The Wolfpack play Boston College this Saturday.

Record: 4-1, Conference 0-1. Previous ranking: 6

7. Virginia - Matt Johns started off cold against lowly Kent State last Saturday throwing two early interceptions. Luckily for Johns and Virginia , they were playing Kent State. Johns finally got in a groove and never looked back throwing for 221 yards passing and two touchdowns to lead the Hoos' to a 45-13 victory. Virginia starts Coastal play with Pitt this Saturday.

Record: 3-2, Conference 1-0. Previous ranking: 8

8. Duke - The Blue Devils are coming off a disappointing performance against the Miami Hurricanes losing 22-10. After lighting up the scoreboard against Elon, Troy, Kansas, and Tulane, Duke's offense couldn't get anything going against legit competition. Yes, the weather was not helpful, but Miami didn't have a problem moving the ball. It might be too soon to tell but the Blue Devils might be missing former offensive coordinator Kurt Roper. Duke has a week off and then play Georgia Tech on October 11.

Record: 4-1, Conference 0-1. Previous ranking: 3

9. Virginia Tech - The Hokies are back on the win column after taking care of Western Michigan and winning 35-17. Hokie Quarterback Michael Brewer is still a work in progress. The transfer from Texas Tech only completed 44 percent of his passes and threw two interceptions. Hokie fans are probably wondering if this is the best they've got. Virginia Tech has North Carolina this Saturday.

Record: 3-2, Conference 0-1. Previous ranking: 10

10. Boston College - This team truly is the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde of the ACC. The Eagles looked like a top 25 team the way the handled USC a couple of weeks ago. Colorado State comes into town last Saturday and Boston College thought it would be cake walk. The Eagles gave up 268 yards passing and 162 yards rushing losing to the Rams in a game the Eagles should had won. The Eagles defense gave up a touchdown with a 1:02 left in the game and could not respond to get the win. They get back into division play Saturday with NC State.

Record: 3-2, Conference 0-1. Previous ranking: 9

11. Pitt - Pitt probably won't schedule Akron anytime soon after last Saturday's performance. The Panthers were never in control of this game as Akron shutdown Pitt and won 21-10. The only touchdown for Pitt came in the first quarter with Chad Voytik connecting on a 8 yard pass to Manasseh Garner. Akron was determined that the Panthers would not run the ball while stacking 8-9 players in the box. If Pitt can't run on Akron, how in the world are they going to run on teams in the Coastal? The Panthers play at Virginia this Saturday.

Record: 3-2, Conference 1-0. Previous ranking: 4

12. Syracuse - The Syracuse Orange were hoping to play spoiler in their welcome party for Notre Dame into ACC play but could not stop Irish Quarterback Everett Golson. Golson threw for 362 yards and four touchdowns as the Irish went on to win 31-15. The Irish gave the Orange plenty of chances to come back in the game, turning over the ball five times, but the Orange could not capitalize. Syracuse plays Louisville this Saturday.

Record: 2-2, Conference 0-0. Previous ranking: 12

13. Wake Forest - Bless the Demon Deacons. They were 2-16 on third down conversions and had -22 rushing yards against Louisville last Saturday. In a game when your defense is on the field most of the game, you need a solid ground game to move the chains and give them a rest. Wake totaled 100 yards for the entire game last Saturday. The Cardinals' defense was good but this spells doom for a team who still has to play FSU and Clemson. The Deacons have to find a run game, fast! They play Florida State this Saturday.

Record: 2-3, Conference 0-1. Previous ranking: 13

14. North Carolina - Are we shocked about this? I'm not. The Tar Heels can't stop anybody. So far the Tar Heel defense has given up 2,172 yards through four games. Clemson's offense alone put up 528 yards against the Tar Heels last Saturday. That has to be unacceptable if I'm head coach Larry Fedora. How long will he let it go on? North Carolina has Virginia Tech this Saturday.

That's today's rankings folks. Was there anyone you thought should be higher, lower? What does your power 14 look like?

Record: 2-2, Conference 0-1. Previous ranking: 14