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)!

RANK
SCHOOL (Record)
LAST WEEK
1.

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.

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2.

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.

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3.

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.

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4.

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.

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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.

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6.

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.

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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.

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8.

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.

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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!

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10.

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.

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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.

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12.

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.

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13.

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.

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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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