ACC Blogger Power Poll – Week Six

Posted by Brandon Rink on October 8, 2012 under ACC Football | Read the First Comment

Updated with late vote…

On a night where FSU struggled to move the ball, bruiser-back James Wilder Jr. had just one carry (Pic per OrangeandWhite.com)

ACCBlogger.com ranks the ACC through six weeks…

1) Florida State Seminoles (LW: 1) – 5-1 (2-1 ACC)

Final: NC State 17 No. 3 FSU 16 (Raliegh)
Turning Point:
Leading 16-10 with under 3 minutes to go, three FSU runs go nowhere, and the ensuing punt is blocked – giving State the ball at the ‘Noles 43. The rest is history – the Wolfpack converting on three fourth downs en route to the game-winning score.
Glaring stat: 7 – Seven-straight drives, all in the second half, without one game-clinching score for FSU.
Read Option:
I believe this where I make a joke about FSU being back or something like that, but here’s the deal, a team that was good-to-great all-around through five games – was only great on defense Saturday in Raliegh and really not good enough offensively. The Seminoles are still going to win the ACC, if their heads are screwed on right. This is the test for Jimbo Fisher’s squad, dealing with adversity for the first time. A date with BC this week should get them on the right track though.

2) Clemson Tigers (LW: 2) – 5-1 (2-1 ACC)

Final: No. 15 Clemson 47 Georgia Tech 31 (Clemson)
Turning Point: After a Tajh Boyd interception, Georgia Tech was setup in Tiger territory, going for a two-possession lead in the third quarter, but on a fourth-and-short attempt, Tevin Washington fumbled the snap and turned it over. Clemson outscored GT 20-3 the rest of the half for the win.
Game-ball:
Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins – Seven catches for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
Read Option: Clemson’s struggles with Georgia Tech, and specifically stopping the spread option, are well-known, so Dabo Swinney will take a win in any way from this series. Defensively, it certainly wasn’t a masterpiece, but Brent Venables had a few step up and make plays. The Tigers now enter a bye just about at the perfect time of the season, after a physical game with Georgia Tech and before Virginia Tech comes to town in two weeks.

3) Duke Blue Devils (LW: 4) – 5-1 (2-0 ACC)

Final: Duke 42 Virginia 17 (Durham)
Turning Point: Trailing for the first time in the second half, the ‘Hoos went for it fourth-and-one at their 47, and were stopped short – Duke extended their lead to two possessions shortly after and Virginia didn’t have answer the rest of the game.
Game-ball: Duke QB Anthony Boone – 18-for-31 with 212 passing yards, four touchdowns and 41 rushing yards in his first career start.
Read Option: Here we are – after six weeks of college football – and Duke has five wins and looking like one of the best teams in the ACC. No Sean Renfree – no problem as Boone stepped up from the opening pass (a 54-yard score). Said last week they had to have this one to make a bowl – the way they’re playing, it’s hard to figure a way they can’t squeeze a win from somewhere on the remaining schedule to break the bowl hex now.

4) NC State Wolfpack (LW: 6) – 4-2 (1-1 ACC)

Final: NC State 17 No. 3 FSU 16
Game-ball: NC State QB Mike Glennon – 30-for-55 with 259 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Read Option: Wow. They hung around and hung around and hung around, and a blocked punt gave them a chance late with a short field against an FSU defense that had been on the field a bunch in the second half. It’s a big win, as in theory, Tom O’Brien’s Pack control their destiny in the Atlantic. I don’t think anybody expects State to run the table, but heck, nobody expected them to beat FSU. At the very least, they have a marquee win to build on going forward with some tough games ahead.

5) Miami Hurricanes (LW: 3) – 4-2 (3-0 ACC)

Final: No. 9 Notre Dame 41 Miami 3 (Chicago)
Turning Point:
Up 13-7 at the half, the Irish scored on three consecutive touchdown drives of 60-plus yards to start the third quarter, and the ‘Canes had no answer offensively (6-and-out, 3-and-out and stalled drive in Notre Dame territory).
Glaring stat:
92-13 – Combined score of Miami’s road trips to face ranked teams this season.
Read Option: Well, back to reality – Miami is 3-0 in ACC play, but smarting from a second-blowout loss of the season. Can’t dwell on this one for long though – hosting a crucial game with UNC in the wide-open Coastal.

6) North Carolina Tar Heels (LW: 8) – 4-2 (1-1 ACC)

Final: UNC 48 Virginia Tech 34 (Chapel Hill)
Turning Point: Already down 38-26, things started to spiral out of control for the Hokies – not gaining a yard with four tries from the UNC 36 and two plays later, UNC scoring a touchdown, and to cap it off – Logan Thomas’ next pass getting intercepted.
Game-ball: UNC RB Gio Bernard – 262 yards and a touchdown (11.4 yards per carry).
Read Option: Larry Fedora can coach an offense, huh? UNC almost scored more points Saturday than they had in the last three games against Virginia Tech. Fedora has an ACC contender team that can’t contend for the ACC. He has to hate that.

7) Virginia Tech Hokies (LW: 5) – 3-3 (1-1 ACC)

Final: UNC 48 Virginia Tech 34 (Chapel Hill)
Glaring stat:
339 – No, UNC hasn’t switched to the triple option, that’s three hundred and thirty-nine rushing yards from the Fed-spread offense inflicted on Bud Foster’s D.
Read Option: Wrote about giving Virginia Tech the benefit of the doubt in the Coastal after a couple of puzzling out of conference losses…um…well – that happened. But the caveat is UNC, who would be a Coastal favorite, can’t actually win the division, so really I have no idea what to think about the Coastal. What I do know is Virginia Tech’s next four games (Duke, at Clemson and Miami and hosting FSU on a Thursday) are all losable if the Hokies check out mentally in face of these uncharacteristic struggles.

8) Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (LW: 7) – 2-4 (1-3 ACC)

Final: No. 15 Clemson 47 Georgia Tech 31 (Clemson)
Glaring Stat: 6-of-19 – The amount of times Georgia Tech was able to stop Clemson on third down.
Read Option: Last year, 31 points was good enough for a two-touchdown win over Clemson, but the same number fell short Saturday. Al Groh’s defense already couldn’t stop anybody coming in, and 601 yards later, Clemson was no different. The margin of error is slim for a bowl trip for Paul Johnson’s Jackets.

9) Maryland Terrapins (LW: 11) – 3-2 (1-0 ACC)

Final: Maryland 19 Wake Forest 14 (College Park)
Turning Point: Perry Hills hit his star freshman Stefon Diggs on the run for a 63-yard throw-and-catch to setup what would be the game-winning score in the fourth quarter.
Game-ball: Maryland WR Stefon Diggs – 105 receiving yards (back-to-back 100-yard receiving games now)
Read Option: Not pretty, but it’s a win – bringing the season total to one more win than last season. Taking care of business in winnable games is a good sign for Randy Edsall’s Maryland program.

T-10) Wake Forest Demon Deacons (LW: 9) – 3-3 (1-3 ACC)

Final: Maryland 19 Wake Forest 14 (College Park)
Glaring stat:
7-of-10 – One way or another, seven of Wake’s first 10 possessions ended in Maryland territory, with just two scores, and they didn’t cross the 50 in their final six possessions.
Read Option: With the six suspensions pregame, Wake Forest played like it was missing some playmakers, but the Terps weren’t good enough to run away with it – the Deacs just didn’t take advantage of ample opportunities.

T-10) Virginia Cavaliers (LW: 8)  – 2-4 (0-2 ACC)

Final: Duke 42 Virginia 17 (Durham)
Glaring stat:
0 – Points scored in the second half.
Read Option: Negatives: Basically everything. Positives: That Penn State win is looking better! Coming off four-straight losses, the Maryland game in Charlottesville next week becomes a must-win if Virginia has any hopes of bowling this season.

12) Boston College Eagles (LW: 12) – 1-4 (0-2 ACC)

Final: Army 34 Boston College 31 (West Point, NY)
Turning Point: It started with not being able to move the ball out of the endzone after a fourth-and-goal stand, and ended with Army quarterback Trent Steelman getting free for a game-winning 29-yard touchdown rush.
Glaring Stat: 516 – Rushing yards given up by BC Saturday, and with just sub-500 rushing yards, they probably had a win.
Read Option: It was every bit the back-and-forth game the Black Knights had with Wake, except the Eagles couldn’t put Army away in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for BC, the offense has improved – just in time for the defense to continue to drop-off, and that falls on the head coach.

Voters: W. Gustin Vandiford, Brandon Rink, J.J. Greenstein, Griffin Wong and Billy Watson.


  • Brandon Rink said,

    ACC ballots this week…

    Brandon Rink

    1. FSU
    2. Clemson
    3. Duke
    4. UNC
    5. Miami
    6. NC State
    7. Virginia Tech
    8. Maryland
    9. Georgia Tech
    10. Wake Forest
    11. Virginia
    12. Boston College

    J.J. Greenstein

    1. Florida State
    2. Clemson
    3. Duke
    4. Miami
    5. NC State
    6. UNC
    7. Virginia Tech
    8. Georgia Tech
    9. Maryland
    10. Wake Forest
    11. Virginia
    12. Boston College

    Griffin Wong

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

    Billy Watson

    1. FSU
    2. Clemson
    3. Miami
    4.UNC
    5. NC State
    6.Virginia Tech
    7. Duke
    8. Maryland
    9. Georgia Tech
    10. Virginia
    11. Wake Forest
    12. Boston College

    W. Gustin Vandiford

    1. NC State – For this week at least
    2. Clemson
    3. Duke
    4. FSU
    5 Miami
    6 UNC
    7 Virgina Tech
    8 Georgia Tech
    9 Virginia
    10 Maryland
    11 Wake Forest
    12 Boston College