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ACC Football Power Rankings: A Pair of Buring Questions for ACC Nation

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Woody's High Five - ACC Football Power Rankings Week 13, Al Golden Leaving Miami

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There are two burning questions everyone who follows ACC Football wants to know…

First, Is Al Golden really leaving the Miami Hurricanes?

That is just impossible to process with the week the ACC has had so far...


Second, who is Kenneth Massey and why does his statistically analysis hate the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles?

Now here is something to rant about...

The 36-year-old Massey who was born in Virginia, received a master degree from the Virginia Tech Hokies and currently resides in Tennessee just simply give the ‘Noles and the ACC in general zero love.

Look, you are about to read about the statistics and numbers behind this sports writer’s ACC Power Ranking for Week 13 so the beef is not with the formula…

It’s about the beef with FSU getting a big, fat ZERO in his rankings.

It’s a fact that statistically, the Seminoles have not done one thing for the computers to spit out an goose egg…

But, unlike these “experts”, Woody’s High Five tells you in detail how the ranking was computed all season long.

As a reminder, Woody’s High Five is…

ACC Team rankings in Scoring Offense, Total Offense, Total Defense, Rushing Offense, Rushing Defense, Passing Offense, Passing Defense, Pass Efficiency, Pass Defense Efficiency, National Rank on Pass Yards, National Rank on Rush Yards, National Rank on Points For, National Rank on Points Against, Strength of Schedule, ACC Rank, Total Losses.

Take that total number, divide by 16 and vola…

You have Woody’s High Five and the simply look at the Power Teams in ACC Football.

No secrets…

No crazy formula…

Just a great look into who is getting done on the field.

And you can without a doubt believe the ‘Noles are getting it done despite the mathematically wizardry of Mr. Massey…

So, without any further discussion, let’s take a look at the Power Five for Week 13 in the ACC.

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No. 5 - Virgina Tech Hokies (21.65)


The Virginia Tech Hokies find a way to stay relevant and in the mix at No. 5 in Woody’s High Five.

The Hokies are still not Bowl Eligible and will need a big win against the Virginia Cavaliers to justify this ranking and their season.

Tech is driving mathematically by its defense.

In all team categories in conference, the Hokies are fifth or higher…

Nationally, Virginia Tech has the toughest schedule in the ACC coming in at No. 47 nationally.

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No. 4 - Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (19.76)


Yes, the default Coastal Division Champion Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets come in at No. 4 in Woody’s High Five.

At least the Football Gods showed some grace in allowing the Jackets to represent the league in the conference championship.

Tech of course is tops in the ACC in rushing and is third in the nation.

The Yellow Jackets are 16th in the country in scoring as well.

But the key stat to Tech’s turn-around is in its defense as the Jackets are now up to sixth in total defense.

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No. 3 - North Carolina Tar Heels (13.82)

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The North Carolina Tar Heels should be the team representing the Coastal Division in the ACC Championship.

But due to self-imposed sanctions, the Heels will have to wait until next season.

But it would have been great to see Carolina match up against the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles.

So, instead, the Tar Heels will just have to be happy with the fact they have been ranked in Woody’s High Five the entire season.

UNC is fourth or higher in every offensive category and is seventh or higher in every defensive stat line.

Overall, the Heels are 11th in points scored nationally.

But, somehow, it’s strength of schedule is horrendous at No. 73 which is 11th in the ACC.

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No. 2 - 11th-Ranked Clemson Tigers (11.77)

Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE

Quietly, the 11th-ranked Clemson Tigers are cutting the gap between first and second in Woody’s High Five.

The Tigers are now No. 1 in conference in scoring, total offense, passing and passing efficiency.

Nationally, Clemson is ninth in passing, 30th in rushing and fourth in scoring.

The Tigers continue to improve each week in its defense as well.

Current, it is third in scoring defense and seventh in total defense in the ACC.

There is no doubt Clemson can and will jump to the top of the conference if the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles falter.

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No. 1 - 10th-Ranked Florida State Seminoles (8.77)

Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE

And here is the 10th-ranked Florida State Seminoles who Kenneth Massey feels is totally irrelevant.

See if you think these stats are worth ignoring…

The ‘Noles are No. 1 in every defensive category in the ACC..

FSU is No. 2 in scoring, total offense, passing efficiency and rushing and is fifth in passing in the conference…

Nationally, the Seminoles are 32nd in passing, 24th in rushing, seventh in points scored and fifth in points allowed…

Finally, Florida State comes in at No. 61 in strength of schedule…

Seriously, how can the computers hate the ‘Noles!

It is baffling and hopefully something that can correct itself with a bunch of ACC wins in Week 13 against the SEC.


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.

Follow him @woodysmalls.