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ACC Power Rankings: Week 4

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Disney came to Death Valley, UNC fell flat, and Pitt struck again!

NCAA Football: Central Florida at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

1 Clemson (4-0, 2-0) (LW:#1)

It was an easy win over Charlotte. It was nice to have a sellout in Death Valley despite playing a G5 opponent. I was very impressed that Disney had the authentic Bowden Era jerseys with piping and everything. That was certainly a neat scene having the second hill running at half time. It was a very cool night.

#2 Notre Dame (2-1, 1-0 vs ACC) (LW:#2)

Despite constant talk from the media that UGA was going to slaughter Notre Dame, the Irish played tough and took UGA to the wire. Brian Kelly may be one of the worst big game coaches in college ball as Notre Dame drops another game to a top 10 opponent in heartbreaking fashion.

Tough break for ND fans. Irish host UVA on Saturday.

#3 Virginia (4-0, 2-0) (LW:#3)

Ohhhhh, the Cavs tried their hardest to drop one to Old Dominion, but were able to rally for a 28-17 win. The Wahoos head to South Bend on Saturday.

#4 Wake Forest (4-0, 0-0) (LW:#4)

Easy 49-7 win for the Deacs over Elon. Now Wake heads to Chestnut Hill for their “first” conference game of the season.

#5 Duke (3-1, 0-0) (LW:#6)

Duke wins 41-18 over MTSU. Heads to Blacksburg Friday for a game with VT.

#6 Boston College (3-1, 1-0) (LW:8)

BC avoided back to back embarrassing upsets by staving off Rutgers 30-16. Really shouldn’t have been too hard for the Eagles as Rutgers was content on beating themselves.

BC hosts Wake this weekend.

#7 Syracuse (2-2, 0-1) (LW:#8)

‘Cuse’s offense opened up some in a 55-32 win over Western Michigan. Orangemen host Holy Cross on Saturday.

#8 Pitt (2-2, 0-1) (LW:#13)

If you missed this game I’m sorry, because Pitt-UCF may have been the game of the weekend. In typical Pitt fashion, Pitt got a healthy lead, let UCF rally, and then won on a ridiculous play.

After last weeks botched late game playcalling, Pitt hit the walk off Philly/Clemson special to upset UCF, thus making America very happy. Now, Pitt hosts Delaware on Saturday.

#9 North Carolina (2-2, 1-1) (LW:#5)

So at one point people thought Clemson-UNC could get Gameday, be Clemson’s “toughest” remaining game, but then UNC flopped to Appalachian State 34-31. So the Heels may not be much better than last year, and South Carolina definitely isn’t claiming a “quality loss” to them now. U of SC and Miami may just be pretty bad.

#10 NC State (3-1, 0-0) (LW:#10)

NC State lumbered through a 34-23 win over Ball State. The Pack head to Tallahassee for a night game against the Noles. I wouldn’t recommend actually watching this one unless you need something to help you sleep.

#11 Virginia Tech (2-1, 0-1) (LW:#11)

No Hokie football this past weekend. VT hosts Duke Friday night, which looks like a good way to start the weekend. It may not be the best game, but sipping some bourbon and watching this game wouldn’t be the worst way to spend a Friday. Maybe get Wild Turkey if you’re feeling Hokie.

#12 Miami (2-2, 0-1) (LW:#12)

The Canes barely survived Central Michigan 17-12 in Miami. The U is off this weekend.

#13 Florida State (2-2, 1-1) (LW:#15)

The Noles got a win over Louisville 35-24 in front of maybe a half full Doak Campbell Stadium.

Not a great look from Nole fans. The win this past weekend and a night game against NC State coming up should lead to a fuller house this weekend, one would hope.

#14 Louisville (2-2, 0-1) (LW:#7)

The Cards stumbled in Tallahassee falling 35-24 to FSU. The Ville has the weekend off.

#15 Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1) (LW:#14)

GT didn’t play this past weekend. The Jackets head to Philly to take on Geoff Collins’s old school, the Temple Owls.