7. Duke: 2-0 (41-10 win over Northwestern)
While still early, the Blue Devils looked like a hugely improved team through the first two weeks. After a huge win over North Carolina Central in week one, the Blue Devils followed up with a 41-10 win over a Northwestern team that had big expectations entering the season. With a struggling Baylor team coming up the Blue Devils could get out a to a quick 3-0 start.
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Next up: vs Baylor
8. NC State: 1-1 (37-20 win over Marshall)
The Wolfpack entered the season expecting to be one of the better teams in the conference. A loss to South Carolina in week one despite dominating the game offensively leaves major questions about the Wolfpack’s defense and special teams. They didn’t help themselves by struggling with Marshall on Saturday before pulling away for the win late in the game.
Next up: vs Furman
9. Wake Forest: 2-0 (34-10 win over Boston College)
The good news for Wake Forest is two games into their season their offense is looking much better than it did last year. In week one they dominated Presbyterian 51-7 before taking care of Boston College last week 34-10. The Eagles were expected to have a pretty decent defense this season and the Demon Deacons were able to score at a pretty strong pace on Saturday which is a good sign for things to come offensively for Wake Forest.
Next up: vs Utah State
10. Pittsburgh: 1-1 (33-14 loss to Penn State)
In week one, it took Pittsburgh overtime to beat FCS Youngstown State. This past weekend, they took on the 4th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions and did not help any cases against them. The Panthers offense is simply not the same with offensive coordinator Matt Canada and their defense while better still has a way to go. If they want to have a chance to go bowling this year they must bench former USC Trojan Max Browne.
Next up: at #9 Oklahoma State