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BOZICH | ACC football power ratings: Who's Number Two?

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – In most conferences the debate rages about which team is Number One.

In the Atlantic Coast Conference, the story is different. Florida State is Number One. End of debate. Nominations are being taken for the second-best team.

Clemson is the only other ACC team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 – and the Tigers are ranked 22nd. But Clemson's only victory was a cruise-control 73-7 pounding of South Carolina State. Impressed? Me neither.

Virginia Tech looked like The Team while beating Ohio State. The Hokies looked like a mess while losing to East Carolina.

Do you have any suggestions? The floor is now open.

Jeff Sagarin ranks the first five this way in his preferred Predictor computer power rankings: 1. FSU; 2. Clemson; 3. Louisville; 4. Virginia Tech; 5. Miami.

Of course, if you look at another set of numbers from Colley-Matrix, a computer system that was one of six used in the phased-out Bowl Championship Series formula, the results are a bit strange: 1. North Carolina State; 2. Pittsburgh; 3. Georgia Tech; 4. Syracuse; 5. North Carolina. (Florida State is ranked as the sixth-best ACC team while U of L is 11th.)

I don't have a formula. I do have opinions. Here goes.

1. (1 last week) Florida State (2-0) – And the Seminoles will prove it against Clemson in Tallahassee this weekend.

2. (4) Pittsburgh (3-0) – The Panthers have outscored three opponents by nearly 90 points and that 10-point win at Boston College looks better than it did a week ago.

3. (5) Clemson (1-1) – A vote on reputation? I guess it is.

4. (6) North Carolina (2-0) – We'll learn a lot more about the Tar Heels when they visit East Carolina Saturday.

5. (7) Duke (3-0) – David Cutcliffe showed he had a decided schematic advantage over Charlie Weis.

6. (13) Boston College (2-1) – Maybe Southern California should have hired Steve Addazio over Steve Sarkisian.

7. (12) Virginia (2-1) – The defense is legitimate. The program could still use a better quarterback and halfback and more fans.

8. (9) North Carolina State (3-0) – The Colley-Matrix system ranks the Wolfpack eighth in the nation but says their most impressive victory came against Old Dominion. Huh?

9. (3) Louisville (2-1) – The Cards need to win the next two – FIU and Wake Forest – by as many points as possible because Virginia was a game they should have won.

10. (2) Virginia Tech (2-1) -- Somebody said the Hokies lost to East Carolina. Somebody also said they won at Ohio State. Is any of that stuff true?

11. (8) Miami (2-1) – The Hurricanes rank 12th in the league in total offense. Blah.

12. (10) Syracuse (2-0) – The next four for the Orange: Maryland, Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida State.

13. (11) Georgia Tech (3-0) – Is an ACC program really allowed to start its season against Wofford, Tulane and Georgia Southern?

14. (14) Wake Forest (1-2) – Wait ‘til next year. Or 2017.


Playing fast is all the rage in college football. So I went to the NCAA statistics page and ranked the ACC teams by how many offensive plays per game they've been able to average through the first three weekends of the season.

1. Clemson 84.5

2. Duke 80

3. Virginia Tech 79.7

4. North Carolina 78.5

5. Louisville, North Carolina State, 76.3

7. Syracuse, 74.0

8. Virginia 72.3

9. Boston College 72.0

10. Pittsburgh, 71.3

11. Florida State, 69.0

12. Georgia Tech, 67.0

13. Wake Forest, 66.0

14. Miami, 60.0



Every student in Coaching 101 learns that winning the turnover battle is critical to success. Tell that to Florida State and Clemson. The Seminoles and Tigers rank ninth in the league in turnover margin, committing as many as they have forced.

1. North Carolina, plus-2 per game.

2. Virginia, plus 1.67.

3. Syracuse, plus 1.

4. N.C. State, Duke, plus .67.

6. Louisville, Pitt, Georgia Tech, .33.

9. Florida State, Clemson, 0.

11. Virginia Tech, minus-.33.

12. Miami, Wake Forest, Boston College, .67.


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