The Associated Press released its top 25 poll today, and the ACC continues to have three representatives in the poll. The conference would like to have more teams represented, but the fact that the three teams are in the top 15 gives the ACC a much needed boost.
Florida State ended up being ranked fifth in the poll. This isn’t a huge surprise as they dominated Savannah State for two and a half quarters before Saturday’s game was called due to weather. The Seminoles ended up winning the game 55-0.
Clemson moved up from 12th to number 11 in the polls after beating Ball State 52-27. The Tigers defense continues to be an issue but the offense is humming, particularly running back Andre Ellington who has run for 269 yards in the first two weeks. The offense will only get better, as star wide receiver Sammy Watkins will return to the lineup next week after serving a two game suspension.
Virginia Tech is the final ACC team in the polls at 13. The Hokies moved up two spots from last week after beating Austin Peay 42-7. Bud Foster’s defense is as good as advertised this season. Last Monday the Hokies D was able to keep Georgia Tech’s triple option in check and they were able to do the same to Austin Peay Saturday. The offense continues to be a question mark as Logan Thomas & Co. haven’t looked totally in sync during the first two weeks.
The ACC is well represented in the top 15 and all three teams could have at least two top 10 teams by the end of the month. Virginia Tech has two relatively easy games the next two weeks as they travel to play Pitt and then host Bowling Green. Both Clemson and Florida State should win next week. Clemson will play Furman and FSU will start their ACC schedule against Wake Forest. This will set up a monster showdown in Tallahassee on September 22nd between the Tigers and Seminoles.
All three ranked teams in the ACC will play each other this year. FSU, Clemson and Virginia Tech will beat up on each other, but for now the conference should be happy to be represented as well as they are in the top 15.