Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of Sept. 15, 2014

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Florida State (2-0) | Last: BYE | Next: 9/20 vs. Clemson
Jeff's Take: Longtime Florida State beat writer Corey Clark says FSU-Clemson has passed FSU-Miami as the Noles’ #2 rivalry behind only FSU-Florida. He said it, Canes fans. Not me.


Clemson (1-1) | Last: BYE | Next: 9/20 @ Florida State
Jeff's Take: Here we are again: the top 2 teams in the ACC meeting early in the season. I was called out for having the Tigers lower. Guilty as charged.


Virginia (2-1) | Last: W 23-21 vs. Louisville | Next: 9/20 @ BYU
Jeff's Take: If the schedule doesn’t destroy the Cavs, it’ll be a QB situation that is taking shape like an amoeba. That defense, though, can keep them in every Coastal game.


Pitt (3-0) | Last: W 42-25 vs. FIU | Next: 9/20 vs. Iowa
Jeff's Take: The Panthers aren’t 3 because UVA nearly beat UCLA & did beat UofL. Pitt hasn’t played anyone that tough. And Iowa just lost to Iowa St. which lost by 20 to N. Dakota St.


Duke (3-0) | Last: W 41-3 vs. Kansas | Next: 9/20 vs. Tulane
Jeff's Take: At this point, Anthony Boone is the clear #2 QB in the ACC behind Jameis Winston. And now he can hand the ball off to this guy. The offense is a thing of beauty.


Virginia Tech (2-1) | Last: L 28-21 vs. ECU | Next: 9/20 vs. GT
Jeff's Take: The theme song for the up-and-down emotions I’m having for this team. But the freshmen offensive weapons--Isaiah Ford, Shai McKenzie & Marshawn Williams—are amazing.


Boston College (2-1) | Last: W 37-31 vs. USC | Next: 9/20 vs. Maine
Jeff's Take: BC outgained USC on the ground 452-20. Let that sink in. The Welles Crowther tribute Saturday night is well worth another look.


Louisville (2-1) | Last: L 23-21 vs. UVa | Next: 9/20 @ Florida International
Jeff's Take: The Cards were leading 21-20 on the road against a tough defense when their punter muffed a punt, which set up the game-winning FG. So why did I drop them 5 spots???


Miami (2-1) | Last: W 41-20 vs. Arkansas State | Next: 9/20 @ Nebraska
Jeff's Take: Brad Kaaya had his 1st career 300-yard passing game vs Arkansas State. What’s that, Canes fans? You don’t think you should be 9? Beat Nebraska. You’ll move up.


NC State (3-0) | Last: W 49-17 vs. South Florida | Next: 9/20 vs. Presbyterian
Jeff's Take: With 315 yards on the ground, the Pack had its biggest rushing day in 20 years. And the celebration afterward was well deserved.


North Carolina (2-0) | Last: BYE | Next: 9/20 @ ECU
Jeff's Take: I will stand up and apologize in next week’s Power Poll for the low ranking if UNC takes ECU to the woodshed. Non sequitur: Caleb Pressley interviewed Larry Fedora.


Syracuse (2-0) | Last: W 40-3 vs. Central Michigan | Next: 9/20 vs. Maryland
Jeff's Take: Maybe Cam Lynch should interview himself on #CamsCam because Lynch was a 1-man wrecking crew vs Central Michigan.


Georgia Tech (3-0) | Last: W 42-38 vs. Ga. Southern | Next: 9/20 vs. @ VT
Jeff's Take: Yes, a 3-0 team fell to 13. The Jackets barely won Saturday. I’m worried about that defense. They practice against the option every day and couldn’t stop Georgia Southern.


Wake Forest (1-2) | Last: L 36-24 vs. USU | Next: 9/20 vs. Army
Jeff's Take: The loss to Utah State is another reminder Clawson has a long way to go. Army is a great chance to even the ledger on the season.


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