Two weeks into the season, it’s becoming clearer who are the stronger teams and who are the weaker teams in the ACC.
1. Clemson: 2-0 (14-6 win over #13 Auburn )
The Clemson Tigers are without a doubt the best team in the ACC through two weeks and it looks like they haven’t missed a beat with Deshaun Watson now in the NFL. This past week, the Tigers showed their still a national title contender as their defense dominated in a 14-6 win over the 13th ranked Auburn Tigers.
Next Up: at #14 Louisville
2. Louisville: 2-0 (47-35 win over North Carolina)
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While they don’t return as strong of a team overall compared to last season, the Cardinals are still going to be a force in the Atlantic division. After struggling with an improved Purdue team in week one, the Cardinals played a better game this past Saturday against Louisville. Defending Heisman winner Lamar Jackson is looking even better than he was last year and could make a strong case for another Heisman run with a big game on Saturday against Clemson.
Next Up: at #3 Clemson
3. Florida State: 0-1 (Game against UL-Monroe canceled)
The Seminoles most recent game against Louisiana-Monroe was canceled which leaves the Seminoles 0-1 heading into week three. It’s hard to say where they truly stand now with Deandre Francois, their defense will be strong enough to beat the weaker teams in the conference but are they good enough to get by Louisville and Clemson if the offense isn’t able to get back on track? Despite the uncertainty on offense, they still remain one of the best teams in the conference.
Next Up: vs NC State (9/23)
4. Virginia Tech: 2-0 (27-0 win over Delaware)
The Hokies had an impressive week one victory over West Virginia and backed up with an easy win over Delaware. The Hokies never played down to their FCS opponent this past weekend and won easily which is always a good sign. The Hokies at this point look like the best team in the ACC Coastal but there is still a lot of football to be played. Their next two games are against ECU and Old Dominion. Their first real test will be against Clemson on September 30th.
Next up: vs ECU
T-5: Georgia Tech: 1-1 (37-10 win over Jacksonville State)
The Yellow Jackets picked up their first win of the season this past weekend. While they came out a bit slow in the first half playing their second game in five days, their second half effort was extremely strong. The offense this year will be among the best in the ACC, if their defense can improve, the Jackets will be competing for the ACC Coastal division. As long as TaQuon Marshall continues his performance, they’ll be a tough team to beat.
Next up: vs Pittsburgh (9/23)
T-5: Miami: 1-0 (Game against Arkansas State canceled)
Like Florida State, it’s hard to judge where the Hurricanes truly are after the week two game against Arkansas State was canceled. Also like Florida State, the Hurricanes get week three off and will be fully rested for a showdown with Toledo. While their defense will most likely be good as advertised, still a ton of questions surrounding the offense.
Next up: vs Toledo (9/23)