ACC Power Rankings

October, 13, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

1. Virginia Tech (5-1, 2-0 ACC) -- The Hokies can't hurt themselves when they're sitting at home on the weekend, but last week's No. 2 can when it barely squeaks by Gardner-Webb.

2. Wake Forest (4-1, 2-0) -- The Demon Deacons move up a notch for their gritty win over Clemson. In order to stay here, though, Wake is going to have to take advantage of its opportunities in the red zone against Maryland, and get Sam Swank healthy.

3. North Carolina (5-1, 1-1) -- The Tar Heels have proven they'll find a way to win. Can they continue to do it, though, if playmaker Brandon Tate isn't cleared to return after the MRI on his knee?

4. Florida State (4-1, 1-1) -- The Seminoles also had a bye week and maintain their spot from last week. Quarterback Christian Ponder has taken ownership of the offense and the Noles have one of the best defenses in the league.

5. Georgia Tech (5-1, 2-1) -- They Yellow Jackets still won, albeit 10-7, and they were playing with their third-string quarterback. Can't drop them too far. Yet.

6. Boston College (4-1, 1-1) -- We'll find out more about the Eagles this weekend when they host Coastal Division leader Virginia Tech. Right now, though, BC is as much in the mix for the ACC title as anyone.

7. Maryland (4-2, 1-1) -- The bye week couldn't have come at a better time for the Terps, as they need to figure out which team they want to be in the second half of the season -- the one that lost to Middle Tennessee and got hammered by Virginia, or the one that showed up in the second half against Clemson.

8. Miami (0-2, 3-3) -- At least the Hurricanes won. That's more than you can say for Clemson. Still, quarterback play is a question mark and injuries throughout the roster have slowed the team's progress.

9. Clemson (3-3, 1-2) -- And you think Miami has issues at quarterback? Now the Tigers will face Georgia Tech with a rookie instead of a record-holder. Hey, give the fans what they want.

10. Virginia (3-3, 1-1) -- The Cavaliers creep up a notch over Duke, as they have looked better in their past two weeks than the Blue Devils did in their loss to Georgia Tech.

11. Duke (3-2, 1-1) -- They had a bye week to get back to the fundamentals, and coach David Cutcliffe seemed convinced his team is better than the one that showed up in Atlanta. We'll see if their efforts at practice will translate onto the field, this time against Miami.

12. NC State (2-4, 0-2) -- The Wolfpack were also off last week in preparation for a tough game against Florida State. Arguably no team needed more time to heal.

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