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BOZICH | ACC football power ratings: Making ECU, Big Ten look good

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East Carolina has the best record (2-0) in the ACC Coastal Division -- without being an ACC member. East Carolina has the best record (2-0) in the ACC Coastal Division -- without being an ACC member.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – If the Atlantic Coast Conference football season ended today, the participants in the league's conference championship game would be no-brainers:

Florida State vs. East Carolina.

The Seminoles, you know. They're the defending national champs, booked for a game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in late October. East Carolina has a 2-0 record in the ACC Coastal Division. There is one problem -- the Pirates actually joined the University of Louisville's old friends at the American Athletic Conference this season. (And were picked to finish fourth by Phil Steele).

ECU is having quite a good time dancing through the ACC this season, rolling past Virginia Tech and North Carolina and scoring 98 points while defeating the Hokies and Tar Heels the last two weekends.

In fact, ECU's 70-41 beatdown of the sagging Tar Heels was the signature loss in the ACC's humbling non-conference performance last week. ACC teams played 10 non-league games and lost half of them.

The ACC was on a mission to make the Big Ten and East Carolina look good. ACC teams went 0-3 against the Big Ten – and lost two of those games at home.

It's not easy making Big Ten football look good. The ACC delivered.

On to my Week Five ACC Power Ratings:

1. (1 last week) Florida State (3-0) – If the Seminoles can beat Clemson with that kid who filled in for Jameis Winston at quarterback, they should handle unbeaten North Carolina State Saturday. What was that quarterback's name?

2. (NR) East Carolina (3-1) – The Pirates put 789 yards on the Tar Heels.

3. (3) Clemson (1-2) – The Tigers won't put 789 yards on the Tar Heels this weekend, but they won't have to.

4. (5) Duke (4-0) – It's trendy not to give the Blue Devils all the credit they deserve until they beat somebody better than Kansas or Tulane.

5. (6) Boston College (3-1) – The Eagles are still living off the reflected glory of beating Southern California -- and deserve to.

6. (8) North Carolina State (4-0) – Georgia Southern, Old Dominion, USF and Presbyterian. I thought you were only allowed to play one FCS opponent per season?

7. (13) Georgia Tech (4-0) – Paul Johnson, you have temporarily been excused from those coaching Hot Seat lists.

8. (7) Virginia (2-2) – The Cavaliers played a solid game at Brigham Young. They simply didn't win.

9. (9) Louisville (3-1) – Still waiting for the Cardinals to get healthy and look like a Bobby Petrino offense.

10. (2) Pittsburgh (3-1) – There are more embarrassing moments than losing to Iowa at home, but I would not advise experimenting with any of them.

11. (4) North Carolina (2-1) – The Tar Heels are going to have to win three or four in a row to make everybody stop talking about what happened at East Carolina.

12. (10) Virginia Tech (2-2) – The Hokies lost five games last season and six in 2012 – and they look capable of matching those totals this season.

13. (11) Miami (2-2) – The word is that Hurricanes' fans are already contributing to a fund to help buy out Al Golden.

14. (12) Syracuse (2-1) – It's usually a good idea to play a team the week after that team plays Notre Dame. U of L should benefit. The Orange play Notre Dame in New Jersey Saturday and then host Louisville the following Friday.

15. (14) Wake Forest (2-2) – Everybody says Dave Clawson is an excellent coach, but he's only four games into the mess he inherited from Jim Grobe.

Source: Dr. Bo's Vast Football Knowledge.


1. Shaun Winston, Duke halfback 14.4 yards

2. Tyler Murphy, Boston College quarterback, 9.1

3. Thomas Sirk, Duke quarterback, 8.7

4. Prince-Tyson Gulley, Syracuse halfback, 7.8

5. L.J. Scott, Louisville halfback, 7.7

6. Matt Dayes, N.C. State, halfback, 7.6

7. Chad Voytik, Pitt, quarterback, 7.1

8. Terrel Hunt, Syracuse, quarterback, 7.0

9. Adonis Ameen-Moore, Syracuse, halfback, 6.89

10. Marcus Outlow, Boston College, halfback, 6.88.



1. Louisville, 7 with 1 for touchdown

2. North Carolina, Duke, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, 6

6. Virginia, 5

7. Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, N. C. State 3

11. Boston College, Miami, 2

13. Florida State, 3

14. Syracuse, 0


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