2012 College Football Rankings: Week 7 ACC Power Rankings

ACC Power Rankings: Despite Loss, Noles Remain No. 1

10/9/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ ACC Power Rankings: Week 7

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1. Florida State (5-1, 2-1 ACC; LW: No. 1) -- Yeah, I know. The Noles lost Saturday to N.C. State. It was an unbelievable upset and E.J. Manuel didn't come to play. Fortunately for FSU, the ACC is pretty bad altogether. Next up: vs. Boston College, Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

2. Clemson (5-1, 2-1; LW: No. 2) -- Georgia Tech fired its defensive coordinator after Tajh Boyd and Co. put up 47 points off 601 yards. Next up: BYE

3. Duke (5-1, 2-0; LW: No. 4) -- Sound the alarms! Ring the bells! Call 9-1-1! Duke is one win away from being bowl eligible for the first time since 1994 — the same year I decided to go to "Leaps & Bounds" over "Chuck E. Cheese's" for my birthday. Is this the Apocalypse? Next up: at Virginia Tech, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network).

4. North Carolina (4-2, 1-1; LW: No. 5) -- The Tar Heels are looking to spoil others' chances for an ACC title in a year that they are ineligible. They started with Virginia Tech last week. Next up: at Miami, Saturday, 2:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

5. North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1; LW: No. 6) -- Quarterback Mike Glennon made some clutch throws and the Wolf Pack's usually-underpeforming defense actually stepped up when it counted. Next up: BYE

6. Miami (4-2, 3-1; LW: No. 3) -- A 41-3 loss isn't exactly what Al Golden had in mind heading into South Bend, but the good news is it doesn't affect his chances of a Coastal title.

7. Maryland (3-2, 1-0; LW: No. 8) -- Randy Edsall has an extremely young starting roster. That said, those guys battle hard and the result is a comeback win over a Wake Forest team plagued with suspensions. Next up: at Virginia, 3 p.m. ET (RSN).

8. Virginia Tech (3-3, 1-1; LW: No. 7) -- North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard ran for 262 yards the Hokies gave up their first kickoff return touchdown in 19 years. Next up: vs. Duke, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network).

9. Georgia Tech (2-4, 1-3; LW: No. 10) -- This is getting painful. The positive from Georgia Tech's game vs. Clemson is the fact it had a lead in the fourth quarter before allowing 17 unanswered. TGFOW (Thank God for off weeks). Next up: BYE

10. Wake Forest (3-3, 2-2; LW: No. 11) -- The Demon Deacons lost by five to Maryland with six players out due to suspension. That has to count for something, right? Next up: BYE

11. Virginia (2-4, 0-2; LW: No. 9) -- Cavs fans got what they wanted as Phillip Sims started under center for the first time since transferring from Alabama. The result was the same, however, as they got blown out by Duke. Next up: vs. Maryland, 3 p.m. ET (RSN).

12. Boston College (1-4, 0-2; LW: No. 12) -- B.C. lost to an Army squad that fell to FCS Stony Brook (by 20) the week prior. But hey, at least the Eagles get to look good sucking.

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