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Monday, October 27, 2008
ACC Power Rankings: Week 10


Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

1. Florida State (6-1, 3-1 ACC) -- Welcome to the top, Noles. FSU is the only team remaining in the league with one overall loss, and they have won four straight since the Sept. 20 loss to Wake Forest.

2. Virginia (5-3, 3-1) -- Convinced yet? They've won four straight, including Saturday's road win at Georgia Tech. Quarterback Marc Verica is improving every week, and even the Yellow Jackets couldn't stop tailback Cedric Peerman.

3. Maryland (6-2, 3-1) -- The Terps' win over NC State proved they're taking every opponent seriously now. They're in a tie with FSU for first place in the Atlantic Division, but unlike the Seminoles haven't lost to anyone in their division yet.

4. North Carolina (6-2, 2-2) -- They're ba-ack. And this time they're bowl eligible. If the Tar Heels finish the season the way they finished off the Eagles, they could cause even more chaos in the Coastal.

5. Boston College (5-2, 2-2) -- The turnovers were bound to catch up with them some time, and North Carolina took advantage of it. Four of their five remaining games are against Atlantic Division opponents, though, so opportunities are still there.

6. Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2) -- The loss to Virginia was a big blow to their chances of winning the Coastal Division, and the Jackets still need one more win to become bowl-eligible for the first time under Paul Johnson.

7. Miami (5-3, 2-2) -- The Hurricanes have won three straight and have a chance this weekend to crash Virginia's party. If they manage the road win, they'll help themselves and half the Coastal Division.

8. Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2) -- First they tried to spread it out. Then they tried to run, run, run. And run some more. Neither has worked. And yet they're holding that win over FSU like an old grudge.

9. Virginia Tech (5-3, 2-2) -- Things don't look so good for the Hokies. Their top two quarterbacks are wearing protective boots this week and their third-string quarterback, Cory Holt, had not taken a significant snap in his five-year career until he had to on Saturday.

10. Duke (4-3, 1-2) -- The Blue Devils got a road win against an SEC team, but need to play the same way against their conference opponents. A win over Wake this week looks possible.

11. Clemson (3-4, 1-3) -- Even during their bye week the Tigers got hurt, losing starting guard Barry Humphries. If Clemson is going to have any shot at a bowl game, it has to start winning now.

12. NC State (2-6, 0-4) -- As long as this team doesn't sulk, it will remain competitive. The Pack has lost three of its past four games by less than 10 points.