It looks like ACC Football is off to a much better start in the AP Poll for 2012 compared to the same time last year.
The ACC placed a trio of teams in Week 2, led by the Florida State Seminoles at No. 6 followed by the Clemson Tigers at No. 12 and the Virginia Tech Hokies at No. 14.
Not making the Top 25 but getting votes were the North Carolina Tar Heels with 48 votes and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with 14.
At this time in 2011, only the ‘Noles and the Hokies were ranked at No. 10 and No. 11 respectively.
So, what does this mean at this point in the season?
The ACC is definitely gaining more national attention, but it is still not where it needs to be as a power conference.
In breaking down the AP Top 25, the ACC has three teams ranked and five overall teams that received votes out of 42 total teams that received a vote.
The SEC leads the way with six teams ranked in the Top 25 and 11 overall teams that received votes, including the No. 1, No. 3, No. 7, No. 8 and No. 9 team. That’s beyond impressive–that is just dominating.
The Pac-12 had five getting votes and three ranked in the Top 25, Big-12 had six teams getting votes and all were ranked in the Top 25 and Big 10 had five teams getting votes and the same five were ranked in the Top 25 as well.
All in all, the ACC is holding its own this season through the first poll with games played.
There is a lot of room for growth, though.
North Carolina, Georgia Tech, the Virginia Cavaliers and the North Carolina State Wolfpack needs to step up their games big time. If these five teams can impress the nation and garner more votes, it would go a long way in getting the ACC back in line with the conferences that have proved their power over the past few seasons.
M. Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years experience in sports broadcasting, journalism and college athletics and currently covers ACC Football for Rant Sports.
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