ACC Football Power Rankings, Sept. 13: NC State drops, Kenny Pickett and Pitt handle business

All 14 teams have played two games, including plenty of twist and turns. With that in mind, let’s react (irrationally) in this week’s ACC Football Power Rankings.


1. Clemson

  • Refreshed from not having to go up against Georgia’s defense, the Tigers cruised to a victory in the home opener. Clemson defeated South Carolina State 49-3. Justyn Ross caught his first touchdown pass in nearly two full years, dating back to Clemson’s 2019 ACC title game domination of Virginia.

2. Virginia Tech

  • Virginia Tech continued to run the ball well in a 35-14 win over Middle Tennessee State and former NC State quarterback Bailey Hockman. Raheem Blackshear posted two rushing touchdowns.

3. Pittsburgh

  • With veteran QB Kenny Pickett at the controls, Pitt’s offense load great on the road vs. Tennessee. While Pickett threw for 285 yards and two touchdowns, Tennessee split its quarterback duties between two transfers: Hendon Hooker (Virginia Tech) and the erratic Joe Milton (Michigan).

4. Tied: North Carolina, Boston College

  • Playing in front of home fans and an inferior opponent, Sam Howell looked really good β€” posting an impressive dual-threat performance.

Boston College

  • Boston College took care of business with a 45-28 win over UMass; however, it came with a cost, too. Zay Flowers and Phil Jurkovec, BC’s two offensive stars, both suffered injuries. Flowers returned to the game, which was encouraging. Jurkovec’s status for next week’s matchup with Temple is unclear, though.

6. Virginia

  • Through two games, including a win over Illinois, Virginia’s offense (2-0) leads the ACC in yards per play (8.04) and yards per game (550.5).

7. Miami

  • Given the disparity of size and athleticism, Miami’s two-point victory over Appalachian State may seem underwhelming. However, beating App State is nothing to sneeze at: you take what you can get.

8. Wake Forest

  • Wake Forest trailed for a brief period before blowing the doors off Norfolk State, 41-16. Still, we’ll know more about Wake Forest after next weekend’s matchup against Florida State in Winston-Salem.

9. NC State

  • NC State took its show on the road for a rather embarrassing defeat at the hands of Mississippi State. It was a disastrous offensive performance for the Pack. Quarterback Devin Leary attempted 49 passes for a total of 140 yards β€” an average of 2.9 yards per attempt.

10. Tied: Louisville, Duke

  • Louisville breezed by Eastern Kentucky (30-3) and improved to 1-1 on the season. Duke got to .500, too, with 45-17 win over North Carolina A&T.

12. Syracuse

  • Syracuse fell in a snoozer of a matchup between Power 5 programs β€” dropping a home game to Rutgers, 17-7.

13. Georgia Tech

  • Jordan Yates had a really nice game β€” four touchdown passes, 11.0 yards per pass attempt β€” as Georgia Tech defeated Kennesaw State, 45-17.

14. Florida State

  • Welp.

Consensus Rankings

2Virginia TechVirginia TechVirginia Tech
9NC StateNC StateNC State
13Georgia TechGeorgia TechGeorgia Tech