Jeff Fischel's ACC Power Poll: Week of Nov. 3, 2015

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CLEMSON (5-0 ACC | 8-0 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Deshaun Watson hasn't had to put the offense on his shoulders. But he reminded us Saturday that he absolutely can. He and I talked this week about the big FSU game. Look for that on theacc.com. Plus, watch Dabo & Jimbo together(!!) talking Clemson/FSU.

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FLORIDA STATE (5-1 ACC | 7-1 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: So, the B team showed against Syracuse that it can do just fine, thanks. Maguire may have made the QB debate more interesting. And Patrick is the RB of the future. I say that and yet Cook still has at least 1 more year. Yep, the Noles' future is in good shape. But what about the present? Can they upset Clemson?

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NORTH CAROLINA (4-0 ACC | 7-1 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Carolina is 7-1, and as you'll see when you watch the Power Poll, even Dabo Swinney is noticing the job Gene Chizik is doing on defense. Dabo has also been impressed with Marquise Williams, who's making plays like this week after week now.

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DUKE (3-1 ACC | 6-2 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Look, I respect people who are doing what they think is right--such as one Duke fan who started a petition to overturn the outcome Saturday night. Bottom line: You still control your destiny with games the next 2 weeks against UNC & Pitt.

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PITT (4-1 ACC | 6-2 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: I love Pitt's 4th quarter party. An important question though: If a fan believes in the pre-party, will (s)he still have enough energy for an all-out 4th quarter party?

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LOUISVILLE (3-2 ACC | 4-4 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The win over Wake Forest was not the most dominant performance from the Cards, but it keeps them in the good graces of the Power Poll.

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MIAMI (2-2 ACC | 5-3 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Whatever you believe about the final seconds, the bottom line is they played a top 25 Duke team basically even for 60 minutes. That's worth moving up 1 spot. And it was great to see Malik Rosier play so well.

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VIRGINIA TECH (2-3 ACC | 4-5 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: A sad week in Blacksburg. I have the utmost respect for the way Frank Beamer looked around at the world and decided it was the right time to step aside. His success on the field mirrors his class and dignity off the field.

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NC STATE (1-3 ACC | 5-3 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Yes, Clemson keeps rolling. But the Pack is the first team all season to really put a dent in that Tigers defense. That's worth moving up 1 spot.

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VIRGINIA (2-2 ACC | 3-5 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Virginia returns to the top 10 after the win over Georgia Tech. The Wahoos have Miami, Louisville, Duke & Virginia Tech. I just don't see 3 wins there.. which is what they'd need to go to a bowl game.

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GEORGIA TECH (1-5 ACC | 3-6 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Tech was up to 6 last week after The Miracle on Techwood. But the loss to UVA has me wondering if it was a miracle to stick with FSU for 60 minutes.

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SYRACUSE (1-3 ACC | 3-5 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Like UVA, the Cuse needs to go 3-1 to be bowl eligible. And like UVA, the schedule doesn't offer much hope. Louisville, Clemson, NC State and BC are left. It's still been fun seeing the dawn of the Eric Dungey Era.

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WAKE FOREST (1-5 ACC | 3-6 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: The Deacs' Cortez Lewis certainly made one of the catches of the year in the ACC. In Wake's last 3 games, I'm sure Clawson will focus on getting a read on who his QB will be next year.

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BOSTON COLLEGE (0-6 ACC | 3-6 OVERALL)

JEFF'S TAKE: Without any reliable offense all season, BC has been eliminated from bowl contention. 2016 will be a good measuring stick for Addazio. It'll mainly be his guys. Hopefully, there's a QB amongst his guys.

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