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Opening week AP Top 25 Poll: No. 2 Clemson leads the way for the ACC

Here’s our first look at the AP Top 25 poll after the first week of the college football season. It wasn’t exactly a banner week for some ACC teams in previous polls, like Miami and Florida. However, there league is still represented by three teams: in this week’s poll:

  • No. 2 Clemson
  • No. 12 Virginia Tech
  • No. 22 Miami

After Monday night’s shellacking at the hands of Virginia Tech, Florida State fell out of the AP Top 25 Poll. Three other ACC programs — including Florida State — received votes:

  • Boston College (31)
  • NC State (9)
  • Florida State (8)

 

Quick Stats

No. 2 Clemson

  • Against in-state FCS foe Furman, Clemson racked up 520 total yards; according to Football Study Hall, the Tigers averaged over 7.2 yards per play (73), and scored 48 points on nine scoring opportunities.

No. 12 Virginia Tech

  • Florida State shut itself in the football with penalties; however, Virginia Tech’s defense brought the pain: 35 of their 63 of FSU’s offensive plays went for zero or negative yard, per ESPN Stats & Information.

No. 22 Miami

  • Malik Rosier struggled all night against LSU: 15-of-35 (42.9 percent) through the air for 259 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Yeah, not great. According to Sports Reference, this was just the 43rd time since the 2000 season that an ACC quarterback has attempted at least 30 passes, completed under 45 percent of those attempts and thrown at least two interceptions.

 

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