ACC Football – Week 5 Power Rankings: Clemson, VT lead the way

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Cornerback Trayvon Mullen
CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 23: Cornerback Trayvon Mullen /
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CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: Cornerback Trayvon Mullen
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 23: Cornerback Trayvon Mullen /

Week four of the college football season in the books which means it’s time for the week five edition of the ACC football power rankings.

Through the first three-quarters on Saturday, Clemson simply did not look the part of a second-ranked team. That being said, a bit of an emotional letdown following two huge games against ranked opponents is understandable.

That being said, Clemson pulled away in the fourth quarter pretty convincingly and were able to put away Boston College. The Tigers will have to wake up next week for Virginia Tech as they take on the Hokies in Blacksburg, at night.

Another week, another strong defensive showing for the Hokies. The Hokies took apart Old Dominion on Saturday but got off to a semi-slow start. That being said, the Hokies have shown themselves to be the best bet to beat Clemson this season. Josh Jackson continues to look the part of a future star quarterback.

Next week is the real test for the Hokies who will be looking to jump into the top ten with a win over Clemson.

The Cardinals are getting the edge over Louisville due to having more of a resume at this point of the season. While the Cardinals did get blown by Clemson, they’ve been able to show their offensive might against their three other opponents.

The Cardinals may finish with two or three losses in the ACC at this point but they’re still a team that would beat most teams in the country any given day. Having the defending Heisman winner helps.

The Hurricanes 52-30 win over Toledo was impressive as the Rockets are expected to be the MAC Conference champions when the season is all said and done. While the rust of not playing since the first weekend of the month showed early on, the Hurricanes were able to play extremely well in the second half.

The Hurricanes also appear to have found their quarterback in  Malik Rosier. Next week’s matchup against Duke should be an indicator where both programs stand.

Despite falling to NC State at home, the Seminoles remain in the top five. While they do sit at 0-2 on the season, the Seminoles still have one of the top defenses in the entire country and should get better offensively as their offense is able to gel together. It’s not the time to worry in Tallahassee yet but a loss to Wake Forest next week and it will be time to sound the alarm.