The Confidential ACC Football Top 10 Poll: Week 6
We are into October now… and the Confidential correspondents have identified some trends. So how do the ACC teams stack up? Well, here is the Confidential Correspondents Football top 10 Poll for Week 6. 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 (3-2), 8 points. The win over Wake Forest looks better, now that the Demon Deacons beat North Carolina State. The losses at USC and to Florida State are not surprising. The Eagles are halfway to bowl-eligibility. Just think how much that UConn donor wanted to hire Boston College’s head coach Steve Addazio before the A.D. hired Paul Pasqualoni. Maybe he was right? It gets a lot hotter for BC though, with Clemson on deck. Next up: @ Clemson.
9. Pitt (3-1), 15 points. You’ve got to like Pitt’s chances of a bowl game now. First, they are halfway there, with three wins. Second, they have games against Old Dominion, Navy, Syracuse, and North Carolina. And Navy might be the best team of the four. Next up: Virginia Tech.
8. Maryland (4-1), 16 points. In fairness, few expected Maryland to beat Florida State. But most people figured that the Terps would score. And the way Maryland’s defense has played, it was assumed that they could keep the Seminoles under 50 points–having demolished West Virginia (who had beaten Oklahoma State and played Oklahoma tough). Losing 63-0 was style points in reverse, causing Maryland to drop to #7. Next up: Virginia.
7. Georgia Tech (3-2), 18 points. With a two-game losing streak, the Yellow Jackets moved UP in the standings here. Hmmm. Losing to Miami is not the end of the world, but it probably says more about the lack of certainty after the top 6 teams. Next up: @ Brigham Young.
6. Notre Dame (4-2), 34 points. With 4 wins, Notre Dame is about where they should be. The Fighting Irish get a week to prepare for a visit from USC in the annual rivalry game. The Trojans play on Thursday this week, so don’t feel too sorry for them either. Next up: USC on October 19.
5. Virginia Tech (5-1), 35 points. The Hokies are holding steady at #5 here, beating a down North Carolina team last week, 27-17. Virginia Tech is not winning pretty, but they are winning. And now they are one win away from bowl-eligibility. Next up: @ Pittsburgh.
4. Louisville (5-0), 43 points. The Cardinals lost their first place vote this week, perhaps because they did not look overly dominant in defeating winless Temple, 30-7. In a week where the top 3 ACC teams combined to score 157 points against Georgia Tech, Syracuse, and Maryland… Louisville’s 30 against Temple just does not compare. Next up: Rutgers.
3. Miami (5-0), 49 points/1 first place vote. The Hurricanes got a first place vote for defeating Georgia Tech, but it makes you wonder what Florida State and Clemson have to do to impress the voter that refused to give them a #1. But Miami looked quite fine in defeating Georgia Tech. Miami gets a weekend off before traveling to North Carolina next Thursday. Next up: @ North Carolina on October 17.
2. Florida State (5-0), 54 points/2 first place votes. If you weren’t sold on Florida State before the Maryland game, you have to be now. Maryland was undefeated, having beaten West Virginia handily. All the Seminoles did was wallop them, 63-0. Next up: @ Clemson on October 12.
1. Clemson (5-0), 55 points/3 first place votes. Syracuse players were excited to take on Clemson. The Tigers went into Syracuse and took a 21-0 lead before the Orange knew what hit them. Welcome to the ACC, Syracuse. But this Clemson team is special. Very special. Enjoy it Tigers’ fans. Next up: Boston College.
Others receiving votes: NC State 2, Duke 1, Wake Forest 1. No votes for Syracuse, North Carolina, and Virginia.
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