Tuesday, September 4, 2012
ACC power rankings: Week 2
By Heather Dinich
There weren’t any huge changes in the power rankings, especially among the top three, but a few teams did sink a little bit lower (here’s looking at you, Jackets and Wolfpack). Here are your latest power rankings heading into Week 2:
1. Florida State (Last week: No. 1) -- The news that defensive end Brandon Jenkins is out for the season was devastating, but it’s hardly the end of the season or the talent pool on the defensive line. Mario Edwards Jr. will get his chance there. Let’s see how the defense and the team adjusts before making any judgments.
2. Clemson (LW: No. 2) -- The Tigers looked impressive on offense in their win over Auburn, even without star receiver Sammy Watkins, and the defense looked improved under first-year coordinator Brent Venables. The defending ACC champs had arguably the best performance of the weekend, and it came against the best competition.
3. Virginia Tech (LW: No. 3) -- The Hokies are still the team to beat in the Coastal Division after their 20-17 overtime win against Georgia Tech, but it wasn’t pretty. The offense was stagnant, but the defense was as good as advertised.
4. North Carolina (LW: No. 6) -- It was an offensive clinic for the Tar Heels in Larry Fedora’s debut, a record-setting performance. It was against Elon. We’ll learn more about UNC this weekend when the Tar Heels face Wake Forest.
5. Georgia Tech (LW: No. 5) -- Paul Johnson dropped to 1-4 against Virginia Tech and remains winless in Blacksburg. The Jackets were held to 3.5 yards per carry.
6. NC State (LW: No. 4) -- The Wolfpack wasn’t as fast or as talented as Tennessee, it’s that simple. Cornerback David Amerson was burned twice for a touchdown and quarterback Mike Glennon made poor decisions in the loss.
7. Wake Forest (LW: No. 7) -- The Deacs struggled to beat Liberty, 20-17. It’s only going to get more difficult this weekend against North Carolina.
8. Virginia (LW: No. 8) -- The Hoos beat up on an overmatched Richmond team, 43-19, but the defense still faces questions and allowed the Spiders some lengthy scoring drives and five plays over 20 yards. They’ll face an emotional Penn State team playing its first road game under coach Bill O’Brien.
9. Miami (LW: No. 9) -- The young Hurricanes made a statement with a league road win at Boston College, but the competition will get tougher this weekend on the road against a ranked K-State team.
10. Duke (LW: No. 10) -- The Blue Devils looked impressive and confident in their 46-26 win over FIU. It was only the season opener, but every win is vital to Duke’s chances of making it to the postseason. Considering the way Stanford struggled last week, don’t be surprised to see Duke take a lead on the Cardinal for a second straight season.
11. Boston College (LW: No. 11) -- It wasn’t for lack of effort, but the Eagles couldn’t match the speed of Miami and squandered a 14-point lead at home. The pressure is on coach Frank Spaziani to climb out of an early hole in conference play.
12. Maryland (LW: No. 12) -- In what was easily the ugliest game of the weekend, Maryland beat William & Mary 7-6, and did it with four turnovers. A road trip to Temple -- yes Temple -- will be daunting. So will finding more than two wins.