You have to give it to the ACC: in terms of football performance, the league is up and down, to say the least. However, the conference has still produced some exciting games this season. With that in mind, let’s jump into this week’s ACC Football Power Rankings.
No. 1 Clemson
Good golly, Miss Molly: Clemson has some serious depth at wide receiver. In a game where Clemson collected 674 total yards against BC, wideout Diondre Overton caught three ball for 119 yards and three touchdowns.
.@ClemsonFB Diondre Overton after his big 3 TD game – "I try to stay humble about it…just want to make the best of my opportunities." #clemson #clemsonfootball pic.twitter.com/jyx15c7zIb
— Julia Morris (@JMorrisWYFF4) October 27, 2019
Overton joins Mack Hollins of UNC in 2015 as the only two ACC player in the last 20 seasons to have three receptions — all for touchdowns — and over 100 yards receiving in the same game.
Up Next: Wofford
No. 2 Wake Forest
After an open week, Wake Forest returns to action with its third straight home game: a pivotal Atlantic Division matchup with NC State. How will the Demon Deacons perform in their first game without star linebacker Justin Strnad: 9.86 tackles per game, third in the league?
Week 10 opening lines for ACC/NC
Wake -7 vs NCSU O/U 59.5
UNC (pk) vs UVA O/U 46.5
Cuse -2.5 vs BC O/U 60.5
FSU -6.5 vs Mia O/U 50.5
VT +16.5 @ ND O/U 56.5
GT +9 vs Pitt O/U 47
App -17 vs GSO O/U 47.5
ECU +20.5 vs Cinci O/U 49.5
Char (pk) vs MTSU O/U 60
Clem vs Wof (No line yet)
— SportsChannel8 (@SportsChannel8) October 27, 2019
Up Next: NC State
No. 3 Louisville
All of the credit in the world to this Louisville program, which started in the cellar this season with Georgia Tech, and has evolved into one of the league’s top three teams — for the moment. At the crest of Louisville’s powerfully explosive run game is freshman back Javian Hawkins, who now has five games with 120+ rushing yards this season — the most in the ACC.
The last two weeks Javian Hawkins has 265 rushing yards on 54 carries against Clemson and Virginia. He's a budding star in this Louisville offense. And he's a redshirt freshman.
— Mark Ennis (@MarkEnnis) October 26, 2019
Hawkins (5.4 yards per carry) now has six rushing touchdowns on the season for an offense that’s averaging over 218 rushing yards per game.
Up Next: Bye Week (at Miami, 11/9)
No. 4 Virginia
On paper, this is really talented Virginia team. The Cavaliers have good players and future pros on both sides of the ball, though the defense really stands out. Offensively, Virginia has too many issues on the line, though, and it’s placed a hard cap on this team’s potential.
Virginia ranks last in the ACC in terms of rushing: 105.5 yards per game (No. 123 in the FBS). This team has just one game of 200+ rushing yards this season, which came during a Week 2 win over William & Mary. There’s just so much stress on Bryce Perkins to move this offense behind a line that’s also allowed 3.25 sacks per game.
Up Next: at North Carolina
No. 5 North Carolina
North Carolina is coming off an emotional and wild win over Duke, snapping a three-game losing slide to the neighboring rivals. Can the Heels repackage that energy when a strong Virginia squad comes to Chapel Hill?
Watching Chazz Surratt's game-winning interception with Titanic music makes it so much better pic.twitter.com/ELZ6nV1tA9
— Luke Buxton (@LukeBuxton_) October 27, 2019
Up Next: Virginia
No. 6 Pittsburgh
Pitt dropped a crucial Coastal game on Saturday against Miami; the conditions were rough, as was the performance on the field. The Panthers turned the ball over three times and averaged a measly 4.6 yards per pass attempt. Next week provides a winnable road game in the division, though.
Up Next: at Georgia Tech
No. 7 Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech has won three straight and is coming off an open week; however, things get tricky for the Hokies, starting this week. Justin Fuente’s club has two straight games against top-25 foes: at Notre Dame, and then home Wake Forest.
Justin Fuente's here speaking to reporters. Says QB Hendon Hooker it out there and looks good. Sounds like he'll play this week. #Hokies
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) October 28, 2019
Note: after suffering a tough injury against UNC, quarterback Hendon Hooker returned to practice this week and has, reportedly, looked good.
Up Next: at Notre Dame
No. 8 Duke
After a tough loss in Chapel Hill, Duke has a week off to collect its pieces before hosting a powerful Notre Dame team in two weeks. Duke had it chances against UNC. Can the Blue Devils rebound?
Up Next: Bye Week (Notre Dame, 11/9)
No. 9 Miami
Yo, shoutout to Jarren Williams for an impressive performance off the bench against a tough defense in Pittsburgh. Williams completed 4-of-8 passes for 50 yards and the game-winning touchdown — a 32-yard strike to K.J. Osborn.
Miami’s offense was far from perfect, but in a battle with Pittsburgh’s Field Goal Militia, it was just enough to keep things afloat.
Up Next: at Florida State
No. 10 Florida State
For Florida State’s offense, it’s The Cam Akers Show. As FSU reaches to the far corners of its playbook to drum up offensive production, Akers is central to basically everything. In the win over Syracuse, Akers ran for 144 yards and four touchdowns. Akers, a former high school quarterback, even attempted three passes in Saturday’s victory.
Of course, Florida State couldn’t hit on one of the greatest plays we’ve ever seen without Akers touching the ball, too. This is art.
you already know what time it is pic.twitter.com/kf7jCT67ab
— Scary Kostidakis (@perrykos) October 26, 2019
Things are fairly interesting, for good and bad reasons, as Florida State gets set to host Miami.
Up Next: Miami
No. 11 Boston College
It’s hard to play at Clemson, and nothing of note went right for Boston College on Saturday — losing by 52 points in Death Valley. The Eagles completed just 6-of-18 passes for 80 yards in one of the worst passing games in the FBS this season.
Up Next: at Syracuse
No. 12 NC State
NC State has lost two straight games against Wake Forest — both one-possession contests, both when NC State was ranked, too. Since taking over at NCSU, Dave Doeren is 1-2 in Winston-Salem against the Deacons.
Oh, let’s check in on the #DevinLearyHive after Monday’s big news: Devin Leary was named NC State’s starting quarterback.
🎶AND THEN A HERO COMES ALONG🎶 https://t.co/qVGHRS83iT
— Josh Goodson (@joshwgoodson) October 28, 2019
Up Next: at Wake Forest
No. 13 Georgia Tech
There should be legitimate excitement around Georgia Tech to see what sort zany stuff Geoff Collins has cooked up during the team’s bye week.
Up Next: Pittsburgh
No. 14 Syracuse
Man, this program misses Eric Dungey. Apologies for sounding like a broken record here, but for Dino Babers — a well-thought-of offensive mind — and Syracuse, it’s been a serious struggle in 2019. Things just haven’t worked with Tommy DeVito under center; Syracuse ranks last in the ACC in yards per play (4.81) and 103rd nationally in offensive efficiency, per ESPN.
Syracuse has serious NFL-level pass rushers on defense; however, it’s not enough to prop up an offense that can’t convert on third down and can’t stay on the field.
Up Next: Boston College
|David Glenn||Brian Geisinger||Josh Graham||Consensus|
|2||Louisville||Wake Forest||Wake Forest||Wake Forest|
|8||Pitt||Virginia Tech||Virginia Tech||Duke|
|10||Duke||Florida State||Florida State||Florida State|
|11||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College||Boston College|
|12||NC State||NC State||NC State||NC State|
|13||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech||Georgia Tech|