Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of Sept. 1, 2014

ACC Football Power Poll

The ACC Power Poll is compiled each week by ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel. Give Jeff your feedback via Twitter (@JeffFischel)!

SCHOOL (Record)

Florida State (1-0) | Last: W 37-31 vs. OSU | Next: 9/6 vs. Citadel
Jeff's Take: I heard all summer about the attitude of domination.. so blaming poor practices feels like a rationalization. Killer instinct was definitely missing. Jameis needs a WR to trust besides the spectacular Rashad Greene.


Louisville (1-0) | Last: W 31-13 vs. Miami | Next: 9/6 vs. Murray State
Jeff's Take: This is my “Welcome to the ACC” gift. The Cards will only stay here, though, if Gardner starts to thrive in Petrino’s offense. Awesome crowd for opening night.


Clemson (0-1) | Last: L 45-21 vs. Georgia | Next: 9/6 vs. SCST
Jeff's Take: Clemson should probably still be 2, but that 2nd half was disappointing—outscored 24-0 and 15 yards of total offense. Dabo loses an opener for the first time.


Duke (1-0) | Last: W 52-13 vs. Elon | Next: 9/6 @ Troy
Jeff's Take: Ho hum. 52 points & 567 yards of offense vs Elon. Wait, has that really become the expectation? We need a nickname for Sirk like Connette had ‘Phantom’. I’m taking suggestions.


Miami (0-1) | Last: L 31-13 vs. UofL | Next: 9/6 vs. Florida A&M
Jeff's Take: Kaaya’s 2nd half struggles don’t dissuade me from being on the bandwagon. The Canes’ defense looked vastly improved until they ran out of gas because the offense couldn’t sustain anything.


Virginia (0-1) | Last: L 28-20 vs. UCLA | Next: 9/6 vs. Richmond
Jeff's Take: Ahead of VT. That’s right, Hokies. You have a problem with it? You get a top 10 team this week. Talk to me after Ohio State. The Cavs D dominated #7 UCLA. If the Hokies look as good, they move up.


Virginia Tech (1-0) | Last: W 34-9 vs. W&M | Next: 9/6 @ Ohio State
Jeff's Take: I was thinking #10 (FCS win), but David Teel told me the Hokies looked good. Teel knows all. I think Swofford even uses him as his consigliere. That’s my story until there’s a denial.


Pitt (1-0) | Last: W 62-0 vs. Delaware | Next: 9/5 @ Boston College
Jeff's Take: 62-0. Over 400 yards rushing. James Conner had 4 TD. The numbers sparkle. But then I remember it was Delaware. Voytik will need to do more.. soon.


North Carolina (1-0) | Last: W 56-29 vs. Liberty | Next: 9/6 vs. SDSU
Jeff's Take: The Tar Heels beat an FCS opponent by 27. But it was 29-28 Liberty other than a 28-0 4-minute stretch in the 3rd. Marquise knew he was starting 2 weeks ago? Fedora--Liar, liar pants on fire!


Boston College (1-0) | Last: W 30-7 vs. UMass | Next: 9/5 vs. Pitt
Jeff's Take: Andre Williams is gone, and there’s some spread in the offense now with Tyler Murphy taking over for Chase Rettig, but one thing hasn’t changed: Addazio’s O-Line Dudes want to run you over.


Georgia Tech (1-0) | Last: W 38-19 vs. Wofford | Next: 9/6 @ Tulane
Jeff's Take: 1st half: Cover your eyes, Atlanta. Go to the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coke, anything but Bobby Dodd. 2nd half: Wow, Atlanta. Justin Thomas might even be better at this than Tevin Washington & Josh Nesbitt.


NC State (1-0) | Last: W 24-23 vs. Ga. Southern | Next: 9/6 vs. ODU
Jeff's Take: NC State gets the nod over Cuse, but it’s close. Ga. Southern > Nova. Brissett justified Doeren’s mancrush with a wonderful 2nd half.


Syracuse (1-0) | Last: W 27-26 vs. Villanova | Next: BYE
Jeff's Take: The Orange should’ve lost. But #collegekickers trends at some point every fall weekend for a reason. If Cuse goes 6-6 & gets into a bowl, remember this. Hunt will learn from his bad mistake. Move on.


Wake Forest (0-1) | Last: L 17-10 vs. ULM | Next: 9/6 vs. Gardner-Webb
Jeff's Take: Clawson is a master at rebuilding. A loss to ULM is an important reality check so that in a few years, everyone remembers exactly where he started. He’s changing everything. He needs time.


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