2012 College Football Rankings: Week 9 ACC Power Rankings

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10/23/12 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

FanIQ ACC power rankings: Week 9

1. Florida State (7-1, 4-1 ACC; LW: No. 1) -- 
The Seminoles overcame a lot of first-half miscues and beat rival Miami in a hostile environment. This is a huge win for a team that is still feeling the shock from losing to N.C. State. Next up: vs. Duke, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

2. Clemson (6-1, 3-1; LW: No. 2) -- Dabo Swinney's defense is averaging 18.0 points allowed when coming off a week with no game this season (Auburn and Virginia Tech), and 29.0 in between. It's too bad he can't have a bye every other week. Next up: at Wake Forest, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

3. North Carolina State (5-2, 2-1; LW: No. 4) -- Thanks to a last-second drive by Mike Glennon that set up the game-winning field goal, N.C. State was able to avoid an upset in College Park. Next up: at North Carolina, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network).
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4. Duke (6-2, 3-1; LW: No. 7) -- Duke became bowl eligible with its win over UNC last weekend. If it can pull off an upset against either Florida State or Clemson the next two weeks, we may be seeing the Blue Devils in the ACC title game. Next up: at Florida State, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPNU).

5. North Carolina (5-3, 2-2; LW: No. 3) -- The Tar Heels can end any small chance for the Wolf Pack to make a conference championship appearance with a win in Chapel Hill this Saturday. 
Next up: vs. North Carolina State, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ACC Network).

6. Virginia Tech (4-4, 2-2; LW: No. 5) -- Logan Thomas has been very disappointing, and for most Hokie fans, I think that'd be an understatement. Projected by many to be a first-round selection in the 2013 NFL draft before the start of the season, he's completing under 54 percent of his passes and has thrown at least one interception in six straight games (10 overall). Next up: BYE

7. Miami (4-4, 3-3; LW: No. 8) -- Only in the ACC you see a team move up in the rankings after a 21-point loss. Next up: BYE

8. Maryland (4-2, 2-1; LW: No. 6) -- Losing freshman quarterback Perry Hills is really going to hurt this team down the road, and it couldn't have come at a worse time for a Terrapin offense that was finally beginning to find some success. Next up: at Boston College, Saturday, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

9. Georgia Tech (3-4, 2-3; LW: No. 9) -- Beating Boston College by 20 coming off a bye was expected. Now let's see what the Yellow Jackets' triple-option can do against a defense that ranks 8th nationally versus the run. Next up: vs. BYU, Saturday, 3 p.m. ET (RSN).

10. Wake Forest (4-3, 3-2; LW: No. 10) -- The Demon Deacons are going to have to find an offense and fast before taking on Clemson in a short week. Next up: at Clemson, 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN).

11. Virginia (2-6, 0-4; LW: No. 11) -- Virginia's remaining schedule goes as follows: NC State, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. There's a good chance that the Cavs lose 10 straight and finish 2-10 on the year. Next up: BYE

12. Boston College (1-6, 0-4; LW: No. 12) -- The Eagles rank 112th in offensive rushing yards (93.1 per game) and 119th in defensive rushing yards allowed (269.6). That's not much of a winning formula.Next up: vs. Maryland, Saturday, 1 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

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