By Steven Lassan (@AthlonSteven on Twitter)
Post-Week 2 ACC Power Rankings
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1. Florida State (2-0) – The Seminoles easily passed their first two tests, now it’s time for the big one. After an embarrassing showing against Oklahoma last year, Florida State is focused on getting revenge and staking its place in the national title race. The Seminoles made it through their first two contests relatively healthy, so there are no injuries to be concerned about. Coach Jimbo Fisher has done an excellent job in a short amount of time, but this will be a good test of how far the team has improved after last year’s game with the Sooners.
2. Virginia Tech (2-0) – The Hokies didn’t have an impressive performance against East Carolina, but no team is in position to threaten the No. 2 spot in the power rankings. As expected, quarterback Logan Thomas is a work in progress. The sophomore is completing only 43.6 percent of his throws and threw for only 91 yards in Week 2. Arkansas State has a solid offense, but Virginia Tech should easily move to 3-0 on Saturday.
3. Maryland (1-0) – After beating Miami on Monday night in Week 1, the Terrapins did not play on Saturday. Maryland has another chance to build momentum in coach Randy Edsall's first season, with Big East predicted champ West Virginia visiting College Park. The Mountaineers have won the last five matchups in this series.
4. Miami (0-1) – Just like Maryland, Miami was off in Week 2. The Hurricanes will get some lineup reinforcements for Saturday’s game against Ohio State, as linebacker Sean Spence, quarterback Jacory Harris, receiver Travis Benjamin, defensive tackle Marcus Forston and defensive end Adewale Ojomo will rejoin the lineup after sitting out Week 1 due to a suspension.
5. North Carolina (2-0) – Interim coach Everett Withers is off to a good start. The Tar Heels are 2-0, and sophomore quarterback Bryn Renner looks like a future star in the ACC. The Tar Heels are coming off a victory against Rutgers and open up conference play with a home date against Virginia this Saturday.
6. Georgia Tech (2-0) – Wake Forest appears to be the ACC’s most-improved team, but Georgia Tech can’t be too far behind. The Yellow Jackets haven’t played the toughest schedule, but it looks like offseason work with the passing game paid off. Quarterback Tevin Washington is averaging 36.4 yards per completion, while throwing for five scores through two games. Georgia Tech has a good chance to move to 3-0 with Kansas visiting Atlanta this Saturday.
7. Clemson (2-0) – The Tigers are 2-0, but it has not been all that impressive. Consider this: Clemson trailed at halftime against Troy and was tied with Wofford this week. Quarterback Tajh Boyd has made strides in his first year as the starter, but the Tigers need better play from the offensive line. The defense has its own issues, as Clemson is allowing 411 yards per game. The schedule is going to get a lot tougher for the Tigers, as they host Auburn and Florida State the next two weeks.
8. Wake Forest (1-1) – It’s only Week 3, but the Demon Deacons look like the ACC’s most-improved team. Had quarterback Tanner Price avoided an injury in the opener to Syracuse, it’s likely Wake Forest would be 2-0. After winning only one conference game last year, the Demon Deacons have already equaled that mark through two weeks. With Gardner-Webb and Boston College up next, Wake Forest could be 3-1 going into a key ACC Atlantic game against Florida State.
9. NC State (1-1) – Tom O’Brien has not been pleased with his team so far. The Wolfpack did not play well in the first half of Saturday’s loss to Wake Forest, but responded with a better performance over the last two quarters. However, NC State lost 34-27 and won’t play another conference game until Oct. 1. Expect the Wolfpack to win this Saturday against FCS foe South Alabama.
10. Virginia (2-0) – The Cavaliers needed some last-minute heroics to beat Indiana on Saturday, but enter ACC play with a 2-0 record. The Cavaliers are making progress under coach Mike London and there’s enough winnable games on the schedule to contend for a bowl appearance. Just how good is Virginia? We’ll found out this Saturday against North Carolina.
11. Boston College (0-2) –The Eagles are off to a disappointing 0-2 start, and the bad news didn’t stop early this week. Offensive coordinator Kevin Rogers is taking a leave of absence due to health reasons and will be away from the team indefinitely. Running back Montel Harris remains uncertain to play in Week 3 with a knee injury, but sophomore Andre Williams is more than capable of carrying the rushing attack. Boston College should crack the win column this Saturday against Duke.
12. Duke (0-2) – The Blue Devils remain at the bottom of the power rankings for the second week in a row. Quarterback Sean Renfree is off to a quiet start this season, throwing for only 380 yards and no touchdowns through two games. Duke’s defense and rushing attack were a concern going into this year and neither has shown much improvement. The bottom line? It looks like another season without a bowl appearance for the Blue Devils.