ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week One

Posted by Brandon Rink on September 6, 2011 under ACC Football | Comments are off for this article

Clemson freshmen, like the pictured RB Mike Bellamy, led the way in the Tigers' triumph over Troy (Pic per ranks the ACC after week one…

1)..(1)..Virginia Tech Hokies…………………1-0 (0-0 ACC)
Can’t start much better with a 66-13 slaying of FCS giant-killer Appalachian State in the home opener. Logan Thomas had a solid day with two touchdown passes, and sophomore RB David Wilson lived up to the hype – posting 162 rushing yards and three touchdowns. There was even a little BeamerBall in there with a blocked punt TD from Kyle Fuller. Next up is a trip to Greenville NC to face East Carolina.

2)..(2)..Florida State Seminoles………….1-0 (0-0 ACC)
We’d heard a lot about the ‘Noles defense coming into this season, and wow, they were impressive against LA-Monroe in a 34-0 win. The Warhawks didn’t get over 100 yards in passing or rushing with 191 total on the day. The FSU offense needed it as they scuffled for awhile through the first half with your typical first game jitters, but QB E.J. Manuel recovered to a strong 22-for-34 with 252 passing yards, two TDs and a pick. The ‘Noles have a tune-up with Charleston Southern this week.

3)..(T-3).. Maryland Terrapins………..1-0 (1-0 ACC)
Hear anything about these new Terrapins jerseys? Apparently, they have the Maryland flag in them or something – I’ll have to Google search them or something. Oh, there was a football game, and Terps QB Danny O’Brien was a rock solid 31-for-44 with 348 passing yards, a TD and INT. Maryland hit the red zone seven times, but had to kick six field goals (making five, missing one). Most importantly, they’re 1-0 in ACC play going into a bye week.

T-4)..(T-3)..North Carolina State Wolfpack ………..1-0 (0-0 ACC)
Contributor J.J. Greenstein has your NC State/Liberty review here – Wolfpack won 43-21.

T-4)..(5)..North Carolina Tar Heels…………1-0 (0-0 ACC)
In a 42-10 win over James Madison, UNC QB Bryn Renner hit 22-of-23 passes for 277 yards, two TDs and a pick in his first career start. Not bad at all. The Heels get a little ACC/Big East action with Rutgers coming to town.

6)..(6)..Clemson Tigers………………….1-0 (0-0 ACC)
The new offense debut did not go off without a hitch, as the Tigers trailed 16-13 at the half to Troy, but most of that, I’d put on defensive miscues in tackling. The second half was led by the offense with 30-points, including a stretch where Tajh Boyd hit 13-straight passes (including two TDs) to the 43-19 win. Clemson plays in-state FCSer Wofford this week.

7)..(8)..Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets…………..1-0 (0-0 ACC)
When you think Paul Johnson, Georgia Tech – obviously, 365 passing yards and three TDs through the air are what come to mind. The Jackets sent a warning message to the ACC – this year’s GT team can throw it around the yard, led by junior QB Tevin Washington in a 63-21 win over Western Carolina. They hit the road to Murfreesboro TN to play Middle Tennessee State, who nearly knocked off Purdue on the road last week (losing 27-24).

8)..(9)..Miami Hurricanes………………………0-1 (0-1 ACC)
My immediate response is – it could’ve been worse. When a team lives in your red zone, and you have a shot to tie at the end – that’s not the worst thing in the world. The defense clearly was hurting from suspensions, but the offense kept them in the game – especially sophomore RB Lamar Miller and his 119-yards and a TD. In the final line, Stephen Morris’ stats are reminiscent of the QB he subbed-in for, but the second pick (to the house) was a great break on the ball by MD’s Cameron Chism. It’ll be interesting to see if Morris can hold on to the job with Jacory Harris back to compete for the next two weeks before Ohio State comes to town.

9)..(7)..Boston College Eagles………………0-1 (0-0 ACC)
This one hurts. BC started strong, faded in the middle and couldn’t finish off a comeback at the end to a 0-1 start against Northwestern, falling 24-17. Add to that, leading receiver on the game, Ifeanyi Momah, tore his ACL and is out for the season. It doesn’t get much easier this week with a trip to UCF, who won 62-0 over Charleston Southern last week.

10)..(11)..Virginia Cavaliers…………………..1-0 (0-0 ACC)
Virginia provided the blueprint for how to handle a tough FCS team over the weekend – just never letting William & Mary breathe offensively and putting the game away by the third quarter, winning 40-3. The Tribe only managed 169 total yards. UVa QB Michael Rocco was a decent 21-for-29 for 174 yards on the game. The ‘Hoos hit Indiana this weekend.

11)..(12)..Wake Forest Demon Deacons…0-1 (0-0 ACC)
Ouch. Up 12 with the clocking rolling in the 4th quarter on the road, driving in Syracuse territory – game looked all but sealed. Then, Tanner Price got hurt. Then, Wake had to settle for a FG – 15 point lead, 11:02 to go. Safe? Nope. Syracuse would score on three of their next four possessions into overtime for the 36-29 win. All eyes are on Tanner Price’s health as the Deacs host NC State in a crucial home and conference opener.

12)..(10)..Duke Blue Devils…………………………0-1 (0-0 ACC)
Ouch, part two. All of the optimism and momentum going into this season was just sent down the tubes, and now, some crazy folks are calling for Cutcliffe’s head. I don’t know exactly what went wrong in the 23-21 loss to Richmond, but any game where Sean Renfree only has 201 passing yards and zero/nada/zilch TDs is a problem. Oh, and Stanford comes to town this week.


Brandon Rink

1) VT 2) FSU 3) Maryland 4) UNC 5) NC State 6) Clemson 7) GT 8) BC 9) Miami 10) UVa 11) Wake 12) Duke

J.J. Greenstein

1) FSU 2) VT 3) Maryland 4) UNC 5) NC State 6) Clemson 7) GT 8) Miami 9) UVa 10) BC 11) Wake 12) Duke

Griffin Wong

1) VT 2) FSU 3) NC State 4) Maryland 5) UNC 6) Clemson 7) GT 8) Miami 9) BC 10) UVa 11) Wake 12) Duke

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