ACC Preseason Power Rankings

By Ryan McCart

We are six days away from the start of the ACC’s football season. The first game of the year to involve a team from the ACC will be North Carolina State vs. Tennessee on Friday. The conference as a whole seems deeper this season then it has in years past. There are five legitimate contenders for the ACC Championship. Clemson, Florida State and NC State are the three contenders from the Atlantic Division; while Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech are considered the favorites in the Coastal.

Every week I will release power rankings for the ACC. These rankings will usually be released on Monday, but given that Georgia Tech plays Virginia Tech on Labor Day, the rankings will be released on Tuesday. This week I will lay out my preseason power rankings for the ACC and some of the ground rules that will determine every team’s position each week.

The first and second spots will be designated for the top team in each division, unless the second best team in one division is clearly better than the best team in the other division. Once we get past the first two spots it is a free for all that will be determined by win-loss record, possible ranking and strength of schedule. So speaking in hypotheticals, if in week 1 Florida State beats Murray State (a lesser opponent) by a slim margin, and Virginia Tech beats Georgia Tech then the Hokies can jump the Seminoles for the top spot.

These power rankings are what I expect the team rankings to be at the end of the season. So without further ado; the preseason ACC Power Rankings:

  1. Florida State Seminoles
  2. Virginia Tech Hokies
  3. Clemson Tigers
  4. NC State Wolf Pack
  5. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
  6. Miami Hurricanes
  7. Virginia Cavaliers
  8. North Carolina Tar Heels
  9. Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  10. Boston College Eagles
  11. Duke Blue Devils
  12. Maryland Terrapins

If you wish to see the reasoning behind the current listing, check out the ACC Predictions Series.


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