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BOZICH | ACC football power ratings: Louisville-Clemson winner bound for Top 25

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – When college basketball season arrives, the Atlantic Coast Conference will draw the same overpowering love the Southeastern Conference is receiving during this college football season.

Look for four ACC teams – Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and Louisville – in the pre-season Top 10. Look for ACC victories to be exaggerated in value and ACC defeats to be explained away – just like they are for SEC football teams.

But the league has work to do to earn more love during this football season. We're approaching the mid-way point, and the ACC is wishing, hoping and praying that nothing happens to Florida State. The Seminoles are the league's only chance of participating in the four-team playoff.

Take a close look at the latest Associated Press Top 25. There's Florida State parked at Number One. Then there is a gap of 21 teams until Georgia Tech shows up at No. 22. Nobody else in the league made the Top 25.

When it comes to national respect, only three leagues are getting it: If you check the AP Top 25, 18 teams play in either the SEC (7), Pac-12 (6) or Big 12 (5).

What the ACC needs this weekend is a big win by Florida State over Syracuse, as well as a big win by Georgia Tech over Duke. With Clemson (26th) and Louisville (29th) parked just outside the Top 25, chances are the winner of their game Saturday at Clemson will vault back into the poll.


1. (1 last week) Florida State (5-0) – The Seminoles looked the way the Number One team is supposed to look by overpowering North Carolina State.

2. (2) Clemson (3-2) – We'll discover how formidable the Louisville defense is on Saturday: The Tigers have scored 91 points the last two weeks.

3. (3) Georgia Tech (5-0) – The Yellow Jackets have quietly won all five games, including two in the league. But the world still wonders how good they are.

4. (5) Virginia (4-2) – The more the Cavaliers keep winning the more it helps Louisville's strength of schedule.

5. (6) Louisville (5-1) – A healthy DeVante Parker should help the Cardinals' passing game and running game.

6. (4) North Carolina State (4-2) – The Wolfpack have lost two in a row, but cut them some slack -- they've played Florida State and Clemson.

7. (8) Duke (4-1) – The Blue Devils had an extra week to prepare for their trip to Georgia Tech.

8. (9) Boston College (3-2) – Doesn't it seem like BC's big win against Southern California was three years ago?

9. (7) Miami (3-3) – The bad news for the Hurricanes is they've lost all three of their road games. The good news is they get Cincinnati at home Saturday.

10. (10) Virginia Tech (4-2) – The Hokies probably deserve to climb a few spots but they did not earn any credit for beating North Carolina.

11. (11) Pittsburgh (3-3) – Once upon a time the Panthers were 3-0. No wonder they're celebrating their off week.

12. (12) Syracuse (2-3) -- Maryland followed by Notre Dame followed by Louisville followed by Florida State this week translates into a four-game losing streak for the Orange.

13. (13) North Carolina (2-3) – Larry Fedora wasn't supposed to be on the Hot Seat Lists this season, but he's moving in that direction.

14. (14) Wake Forest (2-4) – The Demon Deacons have a week to prepare to grab their first ACC win next weekend against Syracuse.

SOURCE: Dr. Bo's Vast College Football Knowledge.

MR. OFFENSE (ACC total offense leaders)

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State, sophomore quarterback, 333 yards per game.

2. Marquise Williams, North Carolina, junior quarterback, 265.

3. Deshaun Watson, Clemson, freshman quarterback, 264.

4. Jacoby Brissett, N.C. State, junior quarterback, 262.

5. Terrel Hunt, Syracuse, senior quarterback, 258.

6. Tyler Murphy, Boston College, senior quarterback, 248.

7. Michael Brewer, Virginia Tech, junior quarterback, 244.

8. Brad Kaaya, Miami, freshman quarterback, 242.

9. Anthony Boone, Duke, senior quarterback, 231.

10. Justin Thomas, Georgia Tech, sophomore quarterback, 227.


STEEL CURTAIN (ACC's best rushing defense)

1. Louisville, 58 yards per game.

2. Virginia, 92.

3. Virginia Tech, 109.

4. Clemson, 110.6

5. Boston College, 111.

6. Pittsburgh, 126.5

7. Syracuse, 130.4.

8. Florida State, 142.6.

9. Miami, 165.7.

10. N.C. State, 171.


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