And then there was only one — for now, at least. After defeats this weekend, Wake Forest and Virginia — ranked 19th and 20th, respectively, a week ago — have fallen from the AP Top 25. Currently, there’s just one ACC team in this week’s poll: Clemson. And the Tigers, even after a blowout win over Florida State, dropped a spot — down to No. 3.
LSU, following its best Saturday night win over a(n) (overrated) Florida, moved up to No. 2. Alabama, of course, remains on top.
POLL ALERT: LSU jumps three spots to No. 2 behind Alabama in Top 25 poll presented by @askRegions; Clemson, Ohio St, Oklahoma round out top five. No. 24 Appalachian St among four teams in.
Full poll: https://t.co/DWCBw9xytP
— AP Top 25 (@AP_Top25) October 13, 2019
On the outskirts of the poll, though, Wake Forest and UVA at least received some votes.
- Wake Forest, 25
- Virginia, 8
This is truly not a bright spot for the league; however, this week’s poll is just one data point in a long, winding season. The ACC has six teams in the top 40 of ESPN’s FPI, but only one of those teams — Clemson at No. 3 (no duh) — ranks inside the top 30.
Even in victory, Clemson’s offense looked a little disjointed at times, too. Dabo Swinney was frustrated; the Tigers turned the ball twice, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence missed on see key throws. Lawrence’s completion rate on third down has dropped to 45 percent.
— ACC Football (@ACCFootball) October 13, 2019