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ACC Football: Power Five Rankings for ACC Football Week 9

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Woody's High Five for Week 9 in ACC Football


So ACC Football is still feeling zero love from the BCS Rankings still.

But can you blame them with the likes of the Virginia Cavaliers running around?

Sorry Cavalier Nation but the truth hurts…

And besides, the Boston College Eagles are not far behind…

If you follow the ACC week in and week out, you know this is not a bad conference.

You sure as heck know it is not as bad as the national College Football media makes it out to be.

You want to see a bad football conference, take a look at the Big 10.

The Ohio State Buckeyes would have to fight to be in 3rd or 4th place in either the Atlantic Division or the Coastal Division in the ACC in 2012.

That is a fact…

But the eyeball test is an easy one…

What the ACC has to do is figure out how to get the computers to like them.

And that scenario went out the window as soon as the North Carolina State Wolfpack knocked off the Florida State Seminoles.

That event sealed the death of the ACC as a whole in the eyes of the BCS quicker than any other conference ever in the history of this set up.

Even the stinking Big East is still technically alive for the BCS Title…


So until the almighty motherboards figure out the ACC is not as bad as it thinks, fans will just have to rely on Woody’s High Five as the official Power Ranking of ACC Football for Week 9.

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No. 5 - Virginia Tech Hokies (20.71)


Despite getting handled by the Clemson Tigers on the road Saturday, 38-17, the Virginia Tech Hokies hang on at No. 5 in Woody’s High Five for Week 9.

The Hokies held on by just edging out theCoastal Division leading Duke Blue Devils by one point.

Virginia Tech is still being driven by its defense which ranks at No. 3 in Passing Defense and 5th in Total Defense and Scoring Defense.

The Hokies also have the 48th toughest schedule in the nation which is good for 2nd in the ACC.

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No. 4 - North Carolina State Wolfpack (20.53)

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The North Carolina State Wolfpack used a last second win against the Maryland Terrapins to slide into the No. 4 slot in Woody’s High Five.

The numbers are starting to even out for the Wolfpack especially on defense as they are ranked 3rd in scoring defense and 5th in rushing defense.

Other than that, NC State is pretty pedestrian in all the other statistically categories.

Which is reason one why the computers hate the conference…

Statistically, your fourth best team should not be average.

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No. 3 - Clemson Tigers (15.06)

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And let me introduce reason No. 2 the College Football Computers hate the ACC.

The Clemson Tigers are ranked at No. 18 in the BCS Rankings, are in 2nd-place in the Atlantic Division but statistically are the No. 3 team in Woody’s High Five.

And not only are the Tigers in 3rd-place; they are 7.7 points from the top team in the Power Rankings.

So what is keeping Clemson from being closer to the top…

Yep… you guessed it…

The defense…

Clemson ranks 6th in scoring, 7th in passing, 10th in rushing and 10th in overall defense in the ACC.

Not good at all since the Tigers rank in the Top 4 in every offensive category.

Clemson looks great to the eyes and is fun to watch, but statistically they mojo is just not there.

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No. 2 - North Carolina Tar Heels (13.29)


The North Carolina Tar Heels hold on tightly to the No. 2 spot in Woody’s High Five for Week 9 despite its horrendous play and last second loss to the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday.

In fact, the Heel actually extended its lead over Clemson which is another huge reason by the ACC and the computers are not jiving…

Carolina is 2nd, 3rd or 4th in 8 of the 10 ACC offensive and defensive categories.

It’s lowest rank on offense and defense is in passing at No. 8 and No. 6 respectively.

UNC is 21st in the nation in points scored and 25th in points allowed, but has only the 70th strongest schedule.

Another reason for a computer to dish out some hate for the ACC.

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No. 1 - Florida State Seminoles (7.35)


Barring the Mayans returning to reclaim what is theirs a bit early, look for the 12th-ranked Florida State Seminoles to hold onto the Top Spot in Woody’s High Five for the rest of the season.

The ‘Noles are tops in the ACC in 8 of the 10 categories with its two worst showings being a 2nd-place nod in rushing offense and a 4th-place mark in passing offense.

Nationally, FSU is 23rd in passing, 15th in rushing, 7th in points scored and 5th in points allowed.

So why the lack of respect…

How about a strength of schedule at No. 59 which is 3rd-best in the ACC.

Pretty sure ACC Commissioner John Swofford is close to going all Office Space on that computer right about now...

And what a glorious site that would be...


M Shannon Smallwood has over 10 years of experience in broadcasting and journalism in professional baseball and college athletics and is the ACC Football Guru for Rant Sports.

Follow him @woodysmalls.