FanIQ ACC power rankings: Week 8
1. Florida State (6-1, 3-1 ACC; LW: No. 1) – E.J. Manuel looked much more poised in the pocket than he did against North Carolina State. But then again, he was playing Boston College, so we'll see how he looks in South Beach this weekend. Next up: at Miami, Saturday, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).
2. Clemson (5-1, 2-1; LW: No. 2) – A bye week couldn't have came at a better time for coach Dabo Swinney, who has to prepare for a Virginia Tech team that scored 41
4. North Carolina State (4-2, 1-1; LW: No. 5) – The Wolf Pack had a week to let the win over Florida State sink in. That may be too much time for coach Tom O'Brien, who tends to have some pretty disappointing losses following huge victories. Next up: at Maryland, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
5. Virginia Tech (4-3, 2-1; LW: No. 8) – This about sums up the ACC. The Hokies showed life in their comeback over Duke, but will need to perform at a much higher level to hang with Clemson and salvage their season. They can't dig themselves an early hole against the Tigers and expect to come away with a W like last week. Next up: at Clemson, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ABC).
6. Maryland (4-2, 2-0; LW: No. 7) – Maryland is in sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the Atlantic standings. Let me repeat: Maryland is No. 1. Next up: vs. North Carolina State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).
7. Duke (5-2, 2-1; LW: No. 3) – It was bound to happen at some point, but allowing the Hokies to score 41 unanswered after compiling a 20-0 first-quarter lead isn't exactly what was expected of what looked to be a very competitive Duke team. Still, the Blue Devils still only need one win for their first bowl in nearly two decades. Next up: vs. North Carolina, Saturday, 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
8. Miami (4-3, 3-2; LW: No. 6) – After a very promising start, the Hurricanes have lost two in a row and have scored a total of 17 points in that span. Now they face a Seminole defense that ranks fourth nationally in points allowed (11.4). Next up: vs. Florida State, 8 p.m. ET (ABC).
9. Georgia Tech (2-4, 1-3; LW: No. 9) – Hopefully a week off will be enough for the Yellow Jackets to work up some progress on defense. They'll be able to test things out against Boston College, but can't do anything silly — Middle Tennessee State showed them that. Next up: vs. Boston College, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (RSN).
10. Wake Forest (3-3, 2-2; LW: No. 10) – The Demon Deacons played tough against Maryland with five players suspended. They'll have to prove that they can do so again, as coach Jim Grobe announced that two more are be suspended for this weekend. Next up: at Virginia, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network).
11. Virginia (2-5, 0-3; LW: No. 11) – Nothing is going right for the Cavs, who are losers of five straight and are in the bottom quartile of both points scored (90th) and points allowed (102nd). Next up: vs. Wake Forest, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network).
12. Boston College (1-5, 0-3; LW: No. 12) – There's no hotter seat in America than that of Frank Spaziani's. Next up: at Georgia Tech, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (RSN).