ACC Football Power Rankings Week 7: Clemson remains on top, Virginia climbs

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 13: Ervin Philips
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The Clemson Tigers and Miami Hurricanes remain on top while Virginia and Syracuse have climbed.

The Tigers are coming off a shocking loss to Syracuse but that doesn’t mean they’re still not the best in the ACC.  They were bound to lose eventually but they have no room for error now. Kelly Bryant has a week off to get healthy and as long as he’s able to come back at full strength the Tigers will be fine.

The Hurricanes needed a last-minute drive for the second straight week but are still undefeated. They’re not a perfect team and they are beatable but until they are, they belong at the top of the ACC until proven otherwise.

The Wolfpack are on a roll recently, and Pittsburgh didn’t really stand a chance. The Wolfpack will have the opportunity to end Clemson’s playoff hopes in two weeks, don’t count the Wolfpack out for the ACC Championship. The Wolfpack were dominant offensively in their win over Pittsburgh. The only reason they dropped is that their win over Louisville is looking less impressive with the Cardinals latest loss.

The Hokies had the week off and will look to get back into a groove. Last time out they defeated Boston College 23-10 but didn’t look overdominant. Their offense sputtered in their last two games and will need to pick back up at the pace it was earlier in the season if they hope to have a chance to win the ACC Coastal. North Carolina is a good game for the Hokies to get back in a groove again.

A collective two minutes and two points away from being 5-0 but instead the Jackets are 3-2 entering this weekend. Both the offense and defense had its’ lapses against Miami in a game where a lot went wrong late and was hard to overcome. That being said, the Jackets are still a good team and aren’t quite out of the ACC Coastal race yet but it may take a miracle. A win over Wake Forest is what they need if they hope to restore a buzz about the program in the ACC Coastal race. TaQuon Marshall will need to find his form from the beginning of the season for the Jackets to have any hope.