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ACC Power Rankings: Week 9

We are totally shaking up last week's power rankings after this past weekend's ACC action.

But first, a programming note: we'll have our blogpoll ballot up Monday night since we are watching Tulsa host Central Florida tonight. The World Series tonight in Philadelphia screwed up the NFL and NCAA football schedules this week.


Week 9
  1. Florida State (6-1, 3-1)
  2. Virginia (5-3, 3-1)
  3. North Carolina (6-2, 2-2)
  4. Georgia Tech (6-2, 3-2)
  5. Maryland (6-2, 3-1)
  6. Boston College (5-2, 2-2)
  7. Miami (5-3, 2-2)
  8. Clemson (3-4, 1-3)
  9. Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2)
  10. Virginia Tech (5-3, 2-2)
  11. Duke (4-3, 1-2)
  12. North Carolina State (2-6, 0-4)

Notes

Our top 2 and our picks for the ACC Championship Game in Tampa from last week - Georgia Tech and Boston College - fall to spots 4 and 6, respectively, after their losses this past weekend.

Our new #1 this week is Florida State, who took care of the Hokies 30-20 after falling down 10 points. On the other side of the coin, Virginia Tech drops 6 spots this week to #10 as we're really not sure who is going to lead the Hokies under center for their next game. The Seminoles knocked out the Hokies #1 and #2 options at quarterback Saturday. Both Tyrod Taylor and Sean Glennon left last Saturday's game with ankle injuries. The off week couldn't come at a better time for Virginia Tech as they try to get better in preparation for their Thursday night home game against Maryland. (Eagles fans should send Taylor/Glennon get well soon cards!)

The big story is the Virginia metamorphosis from DFL in the Coastal to now in control of their own destiny. Virginia was left for dead after they let Duke score 28 second half points in a 31-3 rout. Since then, they have rattled off home wins against Maryland (31-0), #18 North Carolina (16-13 OT) and now a road win at #18 Georgia Tech (24-17). The Cavaliers suddenly find themselves in control of their own destiny to punch a ticket to their first ACC Championship Game. Virginia's remaining ACC schedule won't be easy, however, with road trips to Winston-Salem and Blacksburg and home games against Miami (FL) and Clemson. Suddenly, I'm kinda glad the Eagles don't play the Cavaliers this year.

Wake Forest drops 1 spot to #9 as they continue their slide down the ACC standings. The Deacons dropped their second straight ACC road decision as their offensive struggles continue (2 touchdowns in 4 league games).


This Week

Miami (FL) at Virginia ... #15 Florida State at Georgia Tech ... Clemson at Boston College ... Duke at Wake Forest

OFF: Maryland, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, North Carolina