ACC Football: Power Rankings for Week 12

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Woody's High Five - ACC Football Power Rankings for Week 12

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Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Can you believe there is just one more week in ACC Football after Week 12…

Yes…

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Where the heck did the 2012 season go?!?

Let’s just blame it on Boston College Eagles’ Head Coach Frank Spaziani’s perfect mustache…

Perfect!

So that issue has been resolved…

But there are still a lot of things up in the air as Week 12 approaches for the ACC.

And the most important and exciting factor is that both the Atlantic Division and the Coastal Division champions have yet to be decided with the final one or two conference games pending.

That is exactly what ACC Commissioner John Swofford dreamed about to start the season…

Well…

Kinda…

The Atlantic is definitely getting a showdown between the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles and the 11th-ranked Clemson Tigers

Basically, if FSU wins this week at the Maryland Terrapins it punches its ticket to the ACC Championship Game.

So let’s go ahead and congratulate the ‘Noles on the Atlantic Division!

(sorry Clemson)

The Coastal is a three team race between the Miami Hurricanes, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and the Duke Blue Devils

Yes… the Duke Blue Devils…

In essence, whoever wins stays alive between these three.

Miami has beaten Georgia Tech so they hold the tie-breaker there…

The Blue Devils face the Yellow Jackets this week… loser literally leaves town…

And Miami will travel to battle Duke quite possibly with the Coastal crown hanging in the balance over Thanksgiving Weekend

So a lot of excitement right!

Maybe…

Because this piece is all about bragging on ACC Football Power Rankings in Woody’s High Five

And there is one big problem…

Only three of the teams just talked about are in the Power Five!

And the issues with the ACC continue to multiply…

So, let’s jump right in and take a look at Woody’s High Five for Week 12 in ACC Football Power Rankings.

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No. 5 - Virginia Tech Hokies (21.29)

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Yes…

The heralded Virginia Tech Hokies come in at No. 5 in Woody’s High Five for Week 12.

The last place, 4-6, 2-4 in the Coastal Division, Hokies…

It is still too difficult to process this for a couple of reasons.

One… what happened to Virginia Tech this season…

Two… what in the heck is wrong with ACC Football that keeps this woeful team still as one of the top 5 statistically.

It’s just disturbing…

The Hokies are middle of the pack anywhere from 4th to 8th in most every category in conference, but got the biggest push from its strength of schedule which is tops in the ACC and 42nd in the nation.

That is it folks…

Stats that seven other teams simply cannot beat…

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No. 4 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (20.71)

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Well…

At least the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have decided to turn on the juice at the right time of the year.

The Yellow Jackets have quietly crept back into Woody’s High Five at No. 4 due in large part to the 68 points it put up on the scoreboard in Chapel Hill, North Carolina this past weekend.

Tech is tops in the ACC in rushing, 3rd in passing efficiency, and 4th in both scoring offense and total offense.

Nationally, the Yellow Jackets are 4th in the nation in rushing and 19th in points scored.

Not too shabby…

But the X-Factor is still the Jackets defense…

Georgia Tech is 10th in the conference in scoring defense and 85th in the nation in points allowed.

All things that need to improve if the Yellow Jackets want to make it to Charlotte, North Carolina.

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No. 3 - North Carolina Tar Heels (14.82)

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So how consistent have the North Carolina Tar Heels been?

So steady it can emploded and give up 68 points at home and still hang on by more than 6 points to the No. 3 slot in Woody’s High Five.

Carolina key stats are that it is 29th in the nation in both passing and rushing and is 10th in points scored.

That is just sneaky for the Heels to be in the Top 10 in the nation in scoring.

In conference, UNC is 3rd in almost every offensive category and 6th or 7th in most defensive categories.Just consistent with two games remaining in the season.

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No. 2 - 11th-Ranked Clemson Tigers (11.35)

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Let’s just say that the 11th-ranked Clemson Tigers have some incentive to finish the next two weeks strong…

Some more than others…

Offensive Coordinator Chad Morris will get a $100K bonus if the Tigers finish No. 1 in the nation in offense…

Currently, Clemson is 6th…

To overtake the top spot, the Tigers will need to put up 50+ this weekend and 60+ Thanksgiving Weekend

But don’t feel bad for Morris…

He still gets $75K if the Tigers finish 2nd-5th and $50k if they end up 6th-10th.

Incentive is a powerful thing…

Especially for a team that is tops in passing and total offense, 2nd in scoring and 4th in rushing in the ACC.

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No. 1 - 10th-Ranked Florida State Seminoles (7.71)

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It took a tremendous slant pass from E.J. Manuel and an even better run by Rashad Green to save ACC Football’s BCS hopes and to keep the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles a top Woody’s High Five.

The ‘Noles are 1 or 2 in every defensive and offensive conference category, they are 25th in the nation in passing, 26th in rushing and 4th in both points for and points allowed.

Dominate…

Thank the good Lord someone is in the ACC…

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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, SEC Voice of Reason and College Football Comedian for Rant Sports. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association.

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