Each week, the Confidential will rank the top 15 teams (includes Notre Dame) in the A.C.C. and provide a brief explanation for the decision. Feel free to list your own below or otherwise comment. Here it goes for the week between Weeks 1 and 2:
- Clemson. The Tigers get the nod here because they did not fall way behind against Auburn. That gives them a slight edge over Florida State.
- Florida State. Again, Clemson looked slightly better in beating Auburn, but Florida State certainly dominated the second half. Then again, the opposite happened in the first half. These things will sort themselves out in due time.
- Louisville. We are having some fun at Bobby Petrino’s expense, and others have REALLY taken him to task, but Louisville looked real, real good in beating Charlotte. The Confidential may have under-valued Louisville by a win. Still, need to take care of business against upstart Syracuse.
- Miami. With a lot of teams beating FCS opponents, the nod has to go to a team beating an FBS opponent, even if a lesser opponent, but a substantial margin.
- Georgia Tech. The Yellow Jackets beat Boston College, but it is possible that “hapless” may end up being a modifier for Boston College this year. Then again, the Eagles have a pathetically easy schedule. So we’ll slot Ga Tech behind Louisville and Miami, but ahead of the other winners. Also skeptical that Georgia Tech can stay here, while the above teams have more perceived staying power.
- North Carolina. This came down to a battle between Notre Dame and North Carolina for the 6th spot, with the Tar Heels taking the edge this week. Georgia was primed for a victory under its new coach and had a home field advantage (despite a technically neutral location). If UNC cannot topple Illinois, could be a big step back for the Tar Heels this year.
- Notre Dame. Losing to Texas usually is not shameful. Losing to Charlie Strong usually is not shameful. But the recent struggles suggest otherwise. Plus, Texas played Notre Dame last year, so there should have been some familiarity. Edge to the Tar Heels.
- Wake Forest. On the one hand, Wake Forest beat Tulane–a well coached team in the American. On the other hand, Tulane’s not a defensive team and the Demon Deacons mustered only 7 points. On yet another hand, Wake Forest BEAT an FBS foe. SO we give them #8.
- Boston College. If losing to Texas and Georgia are enough to keep UNC and Notre Dame above Georgia Tech, what about losing to Georgia Tech? Well, B.C. just did not look good enough to inspire confidence. But fair is fair.
- Pittsburgh/Virginia Tech/Syracuse/Duke/NC State. Rather than try to separate them this week, we can just lump them together into one slot–as they all did what they needed to against FCS opponents.
- Virginia. If beating an FCS foe is unimpressive, losing to one is disastrous. Being blown out is indescribable. The easiest ranking of the week is Virginia in last.
So, what do you think? Should we have dropped Wake Forest and BC behind the FCS beaters? Swapped Clemson/FSU? Let us know.