ACC Football: ACC Football Power Ranking Week 7
Woody's High Five Week 7, ACC Football Power Rankings
It was quite a Week 6 in ACC Football action that rocked the conference overall highlighted by the North Carolina State Wolfpack upsetting the then 3rd-Ranked Florida State Seminoles, 17-16, in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Wolfpack proved they are worthy of some of their preseason hype with a dominating defensive performance against one of the top offensive teams in all of college football.
The rest of the games in conference action may not have had the drama of the Pack and ‘Noles, but the outcome of each game did go a long way in establishing who will be leading the charge as the conference prepares for the second half of the season.
It is easy to see who the contenders and the pretenders are at this point in the season for sure.
There are two new teams that jump into Woody’s High Five for Week 7 one while a pair of the typical power teams in the ACC are now on the outside looking in for the first time.
Rounding out the remaining best of the worst are the Coast Division leading Miami Hurricanes at No. 7, the Boston College Eagles at No. 9, the Virginia Cavaliers at No. 10, the Maryland Terrapins at No. 11 and the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at No. 12.
So now the bottom of the ACC has been established, let’s take a look at Woody’s High Five for Week 7 in the ACC.
No. 5 - Duke Blue Devils (21.82)
So the Duke Blue Devils make its maiden voyage into Woody’s High Five for the first time in… well… forever!
The Blue Devils are riding high at 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the Coastal Division of the ACC and are definitely the surprise team in the conference. So far the only loss Duke has suffered was to the hands of the 18th-ranked Stanford Cardinal on the road.
Overall, Duke is 4th in the ACC in both Scoring and Total Defense and boasts a 27th ranking nationally in points scored.
A job well done so far for a team that could be the first ACC team to become bowl eligible. The Blue Devils have only appeared in eight bowl games in its 100 season of active football. The last time was in 1995 as Duke lost to the Wisconsin Badgers in the Hall of Fame Game.
No. 4 - North Carolina State Wolfpack (19.47)
After its huge upset, the North Carolina State Wolfpack finally make an appearance at No. 4 in Woody’s High Five for the first time this season.
A lot was expected of the Wolfpack and it seems that Head Coach Tom O’Brien has finally put together some consistency on both sides of the ball.
Overall, NC State is not lighting up the conference stat columns. It is toward the middle or bottom of the league in most categories still.
The Pack is hanging their hat on their defense as they rank 4th in Total Defense and Rushing Defense in the conference.
NC State also has the 2nd Toughest Schedule in the ACC and 35th Strongest Schedule in the nation.
A lot can still happen, but look for the Wolfpack to do all it can to continue to build and improve over the remainder of their schedule.
No. 3 - Clemson Tigers (14.29)
The Tigers are No. 1 in the league in Total Offense and Passing Offense and comes in at No. 3 in Scoring Offense, Rushing Offense and Passing Efficiency.
Clemson is also 11th in the nation in Passing Yards and 13th in points scored.
But the downside is still the defense. Clemson is 10th in Total Defense and 9th in Rushing Defense and Passing Defense.
If the Tigers can find away to turn the defense around they can become a scary team for anyone in the nation.
No. 2 - North Carolina Tar Heels (14.23)
And look who made it in to the No. 2 slot…
Despite having a pair of loses; there has been no team more consistent that the North Carolina Tar Heels in the ACC.
The Heels are 2nd in Scoring Offense and Scoring Defense, 3rd in Total Defense, Rushing Defense and Passing Defense Efficiency and 4th in Total Offense, Rushing Offense and Passing Efficiency. Carolina’s worst ranking is at 7th for Passing Defense.
Nationally, the Tar Heels are 9th in Points Scored and 27th in Points Allowed.
The one negative… Strength of Schedule… Carolina is 100th in the nation and that ranks last in the ACC.
No. 1 - Florida State Seminoles (7.59)
The ‘Noles are still 1st of 2nd in just about every conference category. Its lowest ranking is at 8th in Passing Offense.
Nationally, FSU is 7th in Points Scored, 7th in Points Allowed and 13th in Rushing.
Even the Strength of Schedule is solid at 42nd in the nation which ranks 3rd in the ACC.
Now, if the Seminoles could just win those games it is suppose to…--------------------------------------------
M Shannon Smallwood has more than 10 years of experience in sports broadcasting and journalism and college and professional sports. He is the ACC Football Guru for Rant Sports.
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