ACC Football Power Rankings, Week 10: Eagles soar, Tigers roar, Orange Is The New Floor

The month of November started with a bang for the ACC: Florida State fired Willie Taggart on Sunday. Before that took place, though, several of the league’s teams were in action on Saturday. Let’s discuss what went down in this week’s ACC Football Power Rankings.


No. 1 Clemson

Clemson will, unsurprisingly, be favored by several touchdowns this week when the Tigers travel to NC State.

Next Up: at NC State


No. 2 Wake Forest

In the absence of injured linebacker Justin Strnad, several Wake Forest defenders stepped up in the blowout win over NC State, including cornerback Amari Henderson: two interceptions and six total tackles, including one for loss.

Up Next: at Virginia Tech


No. 3 Louisville

After an open week, Javian Hawkins and Louisville’s ground game get ready for a showdown at Miami. So far this season, the Hurricanes have allowed a measly 97.8 rushing yards per game, which ranks second in the ACC.

Up Next: at Miami


No. 4 Virginia

When Virginia can protect Bryce Perkins, man, he can be explosive. UNC still sacked Perkins three times on Saturday, but the senior quarterback was electric.

Perkins became just the third FBS quarterback this season to throw for 300 yards, three touchdown and zero interceptions — while rushing for 100 yards — in the same game.

Up Next: Georgia Tech


No. 5 Virginia Tech

Led by its defense, Virginia Tech was this close to picking up its fourth straight win, which was nearly a historical result up in South Bend.

Up Next: Wake Forest


No. 6 North Carolina

After the home loss to Virginia — an exciting 38-31 affair — North Carolina is now 3-5 in one-possession games. That Sam Howell guy is pretty good, though. The future looks bright in Chapel Hill.

Up Next: Bye Week (at Pittsburgh, Thursday, 11/14)


No. 7 Miami

Miami recorded a season-high nine sacks in the win over Florida State, including four from rising star Gregory Rousseau — who ranks second in the FBS with 12 sacks.

Up Next: Louisville


No. 8 Pittsburgh

The 20-10 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday was Pitt’s sixth win of the 2019 season (6-3). For the fourth time in five years, the Panthers will go to a bowl game under Pat Narduzzi.

Up Next: Bye Week (North Carolina, Thursday, 11/14)


No. 9 Duke

In three of the last four games, Duke has averaged under 4.5 yards per play on offense. The Blue Devils lost all three of those games, too. Will the tide turn at home against Notre Dame?

Up Next: Notre Dame


No. 10 Boston College

*checks the stats, sees that Boston College scored 58 points and recorded 691 yards of total offense at Syracuse*

“Wait, BC scored 58 points and recorded 691 yards of total offense?!”

Up Next: Florida State


No. 11 Florida State

Best of luck to Odell Haggins, who will now coach Florida State on an interim basis. His first assignment: after the loss to Miami and the firing of Willie Taggart, rally the troops for a noon kickoff at Boston College.

Up Next: at Boston College


No. 12 NC State

Decimated by injuries, the start of the Devin Leary era didn’t exactly get off to a rousing start at Wake Forest: 17-of-45 passing (37.8 percent) for 149 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

Up Next: Clemson


No. 13 Georgia Tech

When it comes to offense, Pittsburgh isn’t exactly the 2007 New England Patriots; however, Georgia Tech put together a solid defensive performance on Saturday.

Up Next: at Virginia


No. 14 Syracuse

Over the last 20 seasons, an ACC team has allowed 690+ yards of total offense in a conference game on just eight occasions. Well, that’s exactly what happened to Syracuse on Saturday — at home to Boston College.

Up Next: Bye Week (at Duke)


Contributor Rankings

David GlennBrian GeisingerJosh GrahamConsensus
2LouisvilleWake ForestWake ForestWake Forest
3Wake ForestLouisvilleLouisvilleLouisville
5Virginia TechVirginia TechVirginia TechVirginia Tech
10Boston CollegeBoston CollegeBoston CollegeBoston College
11Florida StateFlorida StateFlorida StateFlorida State
12NC StateNC StateNC StateNC State
13Georgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia Tech