The ACC is making progress.
The conference is still status quo in this week's Conference Power Ranking -- trailing the Mountain West and WAC -- but one more good week and the ACC could jump a spot. Miami moved up in the Associated Press Top 25, and NC State joined the club. Florida State is receiving votes and could be the third team in this week with a win at Virginia, or Clemson could beat Miami and sway some voters in the process.
Nonconference wins always help, too, and Boston College has a chance against a struggling Notre Dame team, and North Carolina has a tough home game against East Carolina. The best statement games have passed, though, so the ACC will have to earn some style points during the conference race.