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ACC Football: Woody’s High Five for Week 6, ACC Football Power Rankings

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Power Rankings

There is a lot of turmoil in ACC Football right now…

It is clear the 3rd-Ranked Florida State Seminoles and the 13th-ranked Clemson Tigers are at the head of the class right now in the ACC.

Both have proven to be relevant in the discussion as two of the top teams that can play with any team in the nation on any given day.

But then there is the rest of the conference…

There are still some surprises in Woody’s High Five for Week 6 and the jury is out if these are a good thing or a bad thing.

So, here is ACC Football power teams as ranked in Woody’s High Five for Week 6…

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No. 1 - Florida State Seminoles (6.06)

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No surprise here at all as the 3rd-rankedFlorida State Seminoles remain atop the ACC in Woody’s High Five. Despite an unimpressive win against the South Florida Bulls with an overall score of 6.06.

FSU is still tops in the league in every statistically category except for two. The ‘Noles are 2nd in Rushing Offense and 8th in Passing Offense.

Nationally, the Seminoles rank 32nd in Passing, 8th in Rushing, 6th in Points Scored and 7th in Points Against. FSU has the 31st toughest schedule in the country.

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No. 2 - Clemson Tigers (12.65)

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There is no doubt the 13th-ranked Clemson Tigers is worthy of its national ranking.

Offensively the Tigers are 2nd in Total Offense and 3rd in Scoring Offense, Rushing and Passing in the ACC.

The issue is still the defense for Clemson, but that is somewhat of an anomaly following games against the 3rd-ranked Florida State Seminoles and the high powered passing offense of the Boston College Eagles.

In conference, the Tigers rank 10th in Total Defense, 6th in Scoring Defense, 8th in Rushing Defense and 10th in Passing Defense. Not exactly what Head Coach Dabo Swinney had in mind at this point in the 2012 campaign for sure.

Nationally, Clemson is 22nd in Passing, 33rd in Rushing, 20th in Points For and 67th in Points Allowed. The Tigers boast the 11th Toughest Schedule in the Nation which is tops in the ACC.

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No. 3 - North Carolina Tar Heels (14.24)

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The North Carolina Tar Heels continue to hold on to the 3rd slot in Woody’s High Five by simply remaining consistent across the board.

In conference, UNC is 2nd in Scoring Offense and Defense, 4th in Total Offense, 3rd in Total Defense, 4th in Rushing Offense, 3rd in Rushing Defense, 4th in Passing Offense and Defense and 3rd in Passing Efficiency on Offense and Defense.

Just flat steady…

Nationally, the Tar Heels are 23rd in Passing, 54th in Rushing, 12th in Points For and 19th in Points Against. The one negative is Carolina is at No. 95 in Strength of Schedule which is one of the worst three in the conference.

Very impressive from a team that is learning a new system on both sides of the ball in Head Coach Larry Fedora’s first season.

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No. 4 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19.12)

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The ACC as a whole should be ashamed right now that the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are still statically one of its best teams.

But, let’s give the Jackets credit where it counts in Head Coach Paul Johnson’s offense. Georgia Tech is 4th in Scoring Offense, 3rd in Total Offense, 1st in Rushing Offense and 2nd in Passing Efficiency.

Defensively, the Yellow Jackets are 7th in Scoring Defense and Total Defense, 6th in Rushing Defense, 8th Passing Defense and 6th in Passing Defense Efficiency.

It is just mind-blowing that there are four to seven teams worse than the Yellow Jackets defensively still after the past two weeks.

Nationally, Tech is 115th in passing, 3rd in Rushing, 23rd in Points For and 69th in Points Against. The Yellow Jackets through five weeks have the 52nd toughest schedule.

Just amazing the rest of the ACC is worse still at this point.

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No. 5 - Virginia Tech Hokies (20.18)

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And the Virginia Tech Hokies slip into Woody’s High Five despite a loss on the final play to the Cincinnati Bearcats last week.

Again, how bad is it in the ACC that a team plays terrible and loses but is one of your Power Five teams. The Hokies are 3rd in Scoring Defense and Passing Defense, 5th in Total Defense and 6th in Rushing Offense in the conference.

But the rest of the conference are horrible as Virginia Tech is 8th in Scoring Offense, 9th in Passing and 10th in Total Offense.


Nationally, the Hokies are 70th in Passing, 79th in Rushing, 62nd in Points For and 27th in Points Against. Besides its defense, Virginia Tech’s saving grace is its Strength of Schedule as it comes in at 36th with is good for the 3rd best in the ACC.

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The Rest of the ACC's Worst in Week 6

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The Low Five

Just missing getting the Woody’s High Five for Week 6 were:

North Carolina State Wolfpack – 21.00

Miami Hurricanes – 21.06

Duke Blue Devils – 22.71

Boston College Eagles – 22.65

It is still amazing, Miami who beat NC State, Georgia Tech, is atop the Coastal Division and who has put up great offensive numbers could not statiscally beat out three teams to make it in to the top 5.

This is possibly a big point of interest as the Hurricanes face the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this weekend. Miami could make a HUGE statement for the ACC and itself…

Or could be proven a phony at 4-1.

You are who you are…

And numbers usually do not lie…

Those that need an intervention:

Virginia Cavaliers – 27.59

Wake Forest Demon Deacons – 31.71

Maryland Terrapins – 32.88

No comment needed on these teams…

The Terps are 2nd in Total Defense in the conference, but they also rank at 101 in Strength of Schedule.