Georgia Tech Football: ACC power rankings for week four

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: TaQuon Marshall
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 04: TaQuon Marshall /
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9. NC State: 2-1 (49-16 win over Furman)

  • Last week: 8
  • Change: -1

NC State earned a 49-16 win over Furman but it wasn’t enough to keep them at the number eight position. It’s not necessarily a knock on the Wolfpack but both Duke and Wake Forest at this point have showed more. As a whole, NC State is just getting rolling and should return to the middle part of the ACC in a few weeks. There’s no question that NC State is talented it’s all about execution.

Next up: at Florida State

10. North Carolina: 1-2 (52-23 win over Old Dominion)

  • Last week: 11
  • Change: +1

The Tar Heels finally earned their first win of the season but it was against a weak team in Old Dominion. For the Tar Heels, it may be the game that gets everything clicking but it’s a team that didn’t show much in the first two weeks of the season. There are still plenty of questions for North Carolina going forward.

Next up: vs Duke

11. Syracuse: 2-1 (41-17 win over Central Michigan)

  • Last week: 12
  • Change: +1

After dropping a game to Middle Tennessee State a week ago, Syracuse came out on Saturday and looked like a power five team facing a group of five program. The Central Michigan Chippewas were no match for an offense clicking on all cylinders this past weekend. A tough schedule ahead awaits the Orange.

Next up: at LSU

12. Virginia: 2-1 (38-18 win over UConn)

  • Last week: T-14
  • Change: +2

It’s easy to see that Virginia is improving in just year two under Bronco Mendenhall. After losing 34-17 last week to Indiana, the Cavaliers came out and threw the ball at will against UConn. They’re still going to be near the bottom of the ACC with a rather tough schedule going foward.

Next up: vs Boise State

13. Pittsburgh: 1-2 (59-21 loss to Oklahoma State)

  • Last week: 10
  • Change: -3

The Panthers have had the unfortunate schedule of facing back-to-back top 10 teams. That being said, even against their season opener against Youngstown State, it could be seen that Pittsburgh is just not a good team. The Panthers offense is not the same as it was a year ago with a lot of pieces missing including offensive coordinator Matt Canada. The defense might be slightly better but overall is still  pretty bad.

Next up: at Georgia Tech

14. Boston College: 1-2 (49-20 loss to Notre Dame)

  • Last week: T-13
  • Change: -1

Boston College had a tough match up against Notre Dame on Saturday night and while the Irish are not nearly as talented as you would expect them to be, they are a tough challenge. The offense was able to put up 20 points but they’re going to struggle throughout the season and will be the worst in the conference.

Next up: at Clemson