The Confidential ACC Football Top 10 Poll: Week 3
With two weeks wrapped up, the Confidential correspondents generated a lot more similarity in their polls this week. So how do the ACC teams stack up? Well, here is the Confidential Correspondents Football top 10 Poll for Week 3. Remember, we include Notre Dame and Louisville. This year, we’ll start with team number 10 and work our way to #1.
10. Boston College. After surging to the #8 spot with a win over Wake Forest, the Eagles came back down to reality. A loss to USC and then Wake Forest loses to something SunBelt-y. Oh well. But this reality is so much better than the realities of recent years. A week off before Florida State visits.
9. Maryland. The Confidential is not going to let a little thing like abandoning the conference keep a deserving Maryland team out of the top 10. With a win over UConn…. well, that is not so impressive. But the Terps are 3-0–halfway to a bowl game! With West Virginia and Florida State up next, going to get markedly tougher.
8. North Carolina. The bright spot was a loss to South Carolina where the Tar Heels did not look utterly awful. We’ll see how it goes with Georgia Tech this week. The Yellow Jackets look pretty good this year.
7. Virginia Tech. The Hokies eked by East Carolina–a tough road game, really. Still, the Confidential correspondents knocked Virginia Tech down a spot to #7. Marshall is next up.
6. Georgia Tech. With a win over Duke, Georgia Tech moved up in the standings. That says a lot about how much improved Duke football is. And perhaps a little bit about the skepticism of the Yellow Jackets. That 70-0 romp over Elon did not impress many. North Carolina looms.
5. Notre Dame with 31 points. As expected, the Purdue Boilermakers rose to the occasion against the Fighting Irish. But Notre Dame pulled it out in the end, improving to 2-1. The next four games for the Irish will be tough: Michigan State, Oklahoma, Arizona State, and USC.
4. Louisville with 37 points. The Cardinals dropped a spot, ostensibly for looking mortal against a weak Kentucky team. We know it is a rival game, but this was a game that Louisville needed to win by a lot. It may not be fair, but it is what it is. The good news for Louisville is that UCF’s win over Penn State gives the schedule a slight boost.
2. Miami and Florida State (tie) with 41 points. Not sure what Florida State did to justify dropping in the standings. Sure, it was close against Nevada for 20 minutes. The end result was the expected romp. Meanwhile, Miami was idle–not like they did anything to justify moving up. This week will not help either, as Florida State plays Bethune-Cookman, while Miami plays Savannah State, in a case of cupcakes aplenty for these two.
1. Clemson with 47 points. Next up for the Tigers is a North Carolina State squad that barely eked by Richmond 10 days ago. However, the Wolfpack have been good for an upset per year lately. This is a huge test for Clemson–can they “hold serve.” With Wake Forest, Syracuse, and Boston College coming up before Florida State, it is important for Clemson to concentrate and get the wins. Starts on Thursday this week.
Others receiving votes: NC State 5, Duke 1. No votes for Syracuse, Pitt, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
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