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Talk about a lack of change.
In what is the most stable ACC power rankings this year, I barely moved much of anything. The only change was to move Notre Dame to No. 1, flip-flopping them with Clemson, who falls to No. 2 after losing to the Irish this past weekend. That was a move that had to be made, obviously. But with the Tigers missing star players, including quarterback Trevor Lawrence, there’s obviously a question mark as to if the Irish are the best team.
From a Pitt perspective, the Panthers obviously had the big win over Florida State. But they still have a worse record than both NC State and BC, so they can’t move up — especially since they lost to those teams head to head.
Some might question Virginia Tech staying put at No. 6, as they just lost to Liberty. But Liberty is now a ranked team and the Hokies also beat both NC State and Boston College, the two teams right behind them. So dropping them below those teams wouldn’t make any sense.
Another question could be Boston College and NC State, which I left alone, despite NC State losing and Boston College winning. But its fair to say that NC State looked better, barely losing to a good Miami team while Boston College struggled with 1-7 Syracuse, winning by only three.
- (2) Notre Dame (7-0): 47-40 win over Clemson
- (1) Clemson (7-1): Lost to Notre Dame
- (3) Miami (6-1): 44-41 win over NC State
- (4) Wake Forest (4-2): Bye
- (5) North Carolina (5-2): 56-24 win over Duke
- (6) Virginia Tech (4-3): 38-35 loss to Liberty
- (7) NC State (4-3): Lost to Miami
- (8) Boston College (5-3): 16-13 win over Syracuse
- (9) Pitt (4-4): 41-17 win over Florida State
- (10) Virginia (2-4): Game postponed
- (11) Georgia Tech (2-5): Bye
- (12) Louisville (2-5): Game postponed
- (13) Florida State (2-5): Lost to Pitt
- (14) Duke (2-6): Lost to North Carolina
- (15) Syracuse (1-7): Lost to Boston College