Top 25 reflections

The ACC's fall from potential to pathetic took a whopping two weekends of football.

The conference began the season with five ranked teams -- North Carolina, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Florida State.

This week, it has one -- No. 17 Miami.

I kept Florida State in my ESPN.com Top 25 because I gave credit to the fact the Noles were on the road against a top-10 team, but FSU dropped from No. 17 to No. 25 on my list. Part of that also has to do with the fact that I have trouble giving Houston credit every year, even if its quarterback does throw for 1,000 yards every game. If FSU and Houston played tomorrow, I would still pick Florida State. I had Miami at No. 18, dropping it six spots from the previous week.

Truth is, it really doesn't matter, because once a team falls out of the top 15, its chances of playing for a BCS bowl other than the Orange Bowl drop with it. The attention in the ACC turns to the conference race, as the league lost its opportunity to make a splash nationally.