2012 College Football Rankings: Updated ACC Power Rankings

Updated ACC Power Rankings

9/18/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ ACC power rankings: Week 4

1. Clemson (3-0, 0-0 ACC; LW: No. 1) -- 
Sammy Watkins returned the starting lineup in high fashion, racking up 119 total yards and a touchdown off six touches. He'll need to come up huge in order for the Tigers to beat Florida State this Saturday. Next up: at Florida State, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).Blog Photo - 2012 College Football Rankings: Updated ACC Power Rankings

2. Florida State (3-0, 1-0; LW: No. 3) -- The Seminoles have not faced a quality opponent yet, but that does not deter from the fact that they've allowed a total of three points this season and have two straight shut outs. Next up: vs. Clemson, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).

3. North Carolina State (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 4) -- NC State has rebounded nicely since its disheartening season opener against Tennessee. It will play a tough FCS squad this weekend before going back at it in terms of quality opponents. Next up: vs. The Citadel, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

4. Georgia Tech (2-1, 1-1; LW: No. 5) -- Although they lost to Virginia Tech earlier in the season, the Yellow Jackets are playing very well and could vie for the Coastal Division. Next up: vs. Miami (Fla.), Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (RSN).

5. Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-0; LW: No. 2) -- When you lose handily to a Pitt team that was slaughtered by an FCS school at home and an average Big East team on the road, you drop quite a few spots in the rankings. Next up: vs. Bowling Green, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

6. Miami (2-1, 1-0; LW: No. 8) -- This just goes to show how big of a drop-off there is in the latter half of the conference standings. The Hurricanes are a 6-6, 7-5 football team. Next up: at Georgia Tech, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (RSN).

7. Virginia (2-1, 0-1; LW: No. 6) -- Virginia got handled by a superior Georgia Tech team last week, but its still good enough to rank seventh in the ACC. Next up: at TCU, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (ESPN).

8. Duke (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 9) -- The Blue Devils took care of NC Central 54-17, but the real story is the return of receiver Blair Holliday from a freak July jet ski incident. Next up: vs. Memphis, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

9. North Carolina (1-2, 0-0; LW: No. 10) -- It's not too often that a team loses and moves up in the rankings. Thanks to Wake Forest, Maryland and Boston College, this is possible. Next up: vs. East Carolina, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

10. Maryland (2-1, 0-0; LW: No. 11) -- Randy Edsall likely needs a bowl appearance to keep his job, but after that bad loss to Connecticut, there's not a great possibility of that happening. Next up: at West Virginia, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. ET (Fox).

11. Wake Forest (2-1, 1-1; LW: No. 7) -- Everyone knew the Deacons were going to lose to Florida State. I don't think anybody was prepared for a 52-point shutout. Next up: vs. Army, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network).

12. Boston College (1-2, 0-1; LW: No. 12) -- There's not much a defense can do when an offense can't put up enough points. Next up: BYE
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