ACC Power Poll: N.C. State climbs to No. 3
1. Clemson (3-0, 5-0)
Last week: No. 1; beat Virginia Tech 31-17.
Saturday: Wake Forest, noon (ESPN2).
The Tigers have the best overall resume in college football, and when all is said and done, they might have the best defense, too.
2.. Miami (1-0, 3-0)
Last week: No. 4; beat Duke 31-6.
Saturday: At Florida State, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN).
The Hurricanes’ defense looked like the Miami of old last week, fast in physical in dominating Duke. That unit will decide where this season is heading.
3. N.C. State (3-0, 5-1)
Thursday: No. 5; beat Louisville 39-25.
Next Saturday: At Pittsburgh.
With 6½ sacks and 13 tackles for loss, Bradley Chubb is in the running for the Bednarik Award for college football’s best defensive player.
4. Virginia Tech (0-1, 4-1)
Last week: No. 2; lost to Clemson 31-17.
Saturday: At Boston College, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2).
The Hokies weren’t quite ready for primetime, but if they stay on track, they might get another shot at Clemson in December.
5. Louisville (1-2, 4-2)
Thursday: No. 3; lost at N.C. State 39-25..
Next Saturday: Boston College.
It’s become clear over the first half of the season that it’s up to Lamar Jackson to win with a mediocre defense and offensive line.
6. Florida State (1-1, 1-2)
Last week: No. 6; beat Wake Forest 26-19.
Saturday: Miami, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN).
The Seminoles got on the board with a victory, but giving up 367 yards to Wake Forest is further proof that this won’t be a vintage FSU team.
7. Georgia Tech (2-0, 3-1)
Last week: No. 7; beat North Carolina 33-7.
Saturday: Does not play.
Because of a scheduling change from Hurricane Irma, the Yellow Jackets get another week off ahead of a trip to Miami next week. That doesn’t hurt.
8. Wake Forest (1-1, 4-1)
Last week: No. 8; lost to Florida State 26-19.
Saturday: At Clemson, noon (ESPN2).
The Deacons were the better team in the loss to the Seminoles. They won’t be the better team today, but a strong defensive line could help them hang around.
9. Duke (1-1, 4-1)
Last week: No. 9; lost to Miami 31-6.
Saturday: At Virginia, 12:20 p.m. (WGHP-8).
The Blue Devils’ offensive line is dragging down the whole unit, ranking 124th nationally with 16 sacks allowed.
10. Virginia (0-0, 3-1)
Last week: No. 10; did not play.
Saturday: Duke, 12:20 p.m. (WGHP-8).
No one expected the Cavaliers to compete in the Coastal Division, but the Virginia offense suddenly looks good enough to make it a potential spoiler.
11. North Carolina (0-3, 1-4)
Last week: No. 11; lost at Georgia Tech 33-7.
Saturday: Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (WXLV-45).
The Tar Heels aren’t expected to hang with Notre Dame, but how much Carolina fights will be telling for the rest of the season.
12. Syracuse (0-1, 2-3)
Last week: No. 12; lost at N.C. State 33-25.
Saturday: Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Carolinas).
As always, the Orange can put up points. Pitt’s defense can’t stop anyone from scoring points.
13. Pittsburgh (0-1, 2-3)
Last week: No. 13; beat Rice 42-10.
Saturday: At Syracuse, 12:30 p.m. (Fox Sports Carolinas).
The Panthers’ offense figured something out last week, with Max Browne completing 28 of 32 attempts for 410 yards. That’s a major step for the Panthers.
14. Boston College (0-2, 2-3)
Last week: No. 14; beat Central Michigan 28-8.
Saturday: Virginia Tech, 7:15 p.m. (ESPN2).
The Eagles’ 28 points were a season-high, but don’t expect that type of output to continue against the Hokies.