2013 College Football Rankings: Week 1 ACC power rankings

ACC power rankings: Clemson or FSU?

9/6/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

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1. Clemson Tigers (1-0, 0-0 ACC) -- Clemson became the first non-SEC team in NCAA history to beat two top-10 SEC teams in back-to-back games. The Tigers are for real, and so are their BCS Title chances. Next up: vs. South Carolina State, Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

2. Florida State Seminoles (1-0, 1-0) -- Who cares that they were playing a terrible Pitt defense? The Seminoles looked like a BCS team with freshman Jameis Winston under center. This is a squad that could give Clemson a run for its money on October 19. Next up: BYE WEEK.

3. Miami Hurricanes (1-0, 0-0) -- It was nice to see Miami dominate a lesser opponent. Still, I needed to see more from Stephen Morris and the wide receivers. Duke Johnson was unbelievable with 186 yards rushing and a score without even playing the fourth quarter. We'll see what kind of team the 'Canes really are on Saturday afternoon. Next up: vs. Florida, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN).

4. North Carolina TarHeels (0-1, 0-0) -- It's not the way Larry Fedora would have liked to start the 2013 season, but I was impressed with North Carolina's ability to get up after being knocked down throughout the night against South Carolina. Take away two big plays, and the Gamecocks had a difficult time moving the ball on the TarHeel's defense. Next up: vs. Mid Tennessee, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET (ESPN3).


5. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0, 0-0) -- Someone from the Elon sideline must have hurt coach Paul Johnson's feelings or something, because he was still throwing the ball up by 56 with four minutes to play in the third quarter. Next up: BYE WEEK.

6. Virginia Tech Hokies (0-1, 0-0) -- Although Logan Thomas completed just five passes in 26 attempts and the special teams unit allowed two touchdowns to one player, there was one positive to take from Virginia Tech's punch-in-the-mouth loss to Alabama. The defense. A.J. McCarron and the Tide offense was limited to just 206 total yards and 3.3 yards per play. There's still life in Blacksburg. Next up: vs. Western Carolina, Saturday, 1:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

7. Maryland Terrapins (1-0, 0-0) -- Randy Edsall finally had a healthy scholarship quarterback to work with. The result? 325 passing yards and three scores through the air and 40 first-half points. Next up: vs. Old Dominion, Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (WatchESPN).

8. North Carolina State Wolf Pack (1-0, 0-0) -- New coach Dave Doeren won his debut vs. Louisiana Tech, 40-14. His offense was incredibly balanced, racking up 542 yards and converting 9-of-18 third down conversions. Three quarterbacks saw the field and nine different players contributed to the running game. Next up: vs. Richmond, Saturday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN3).


9. Virginia Cavaliers (1-0, 0-0) -- Did anyone have Virginia beating BYU? I sure didn't. It's a nice win to start the year for Mike London, but it was definitely impacted by the two-hour storm delay. Let's see how the Cavs fare against Oregon before we move them up any higher. Next up: vs. Oregon, Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

10. Duke Blue Devils (1-0, 0-0) -- Duke played North Carolina Central, but I liked the way it was able to control the game with a solid ground game, coming from a collection of running backs. The Blue Devils ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns off 49 carries. Next up: at Memphis, Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3).

11. Syracuse Orange (0-1, 0-0) -- The Orange were unable to come away with a win in their ACC debut, struggling to find any consistency on offense against a Penn State team that has obvious holes due to NCAA sanctions. Next up: at Northwestern, 6 p.m. ET (Big Ten Network).

12. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (1-0, 0-0) -- It wasn't pretty, but Wake was able to shake off a sluggish first half to down Presbyterian, 31-7. This is a young team that will have its ups and downs, but my guess is more downs than anything else. Next up: at Boston College, Friday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2).

13. Pittsburgh Panthers (0-1, 0-0) -- No one expected Pitt to beat Florida State, but who would have thought the same defense (sort of) that kept Notre Dame in check to allow 41 points and 533 total yards to a Noles team starting a freshman quarterback? Next up: BYE WEEK.

14. Boston College Eagles (1-0, 0-0) -- BC nearly suffered a loss to an FCS Villanova squad that finished 8-4 in 2012. Next up: vs. Wake Forest, Friday, 6 p.m. ET (ESPN2).


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