Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 7

Nearly Halfway Through the Season, Alabama Seems to Be Rounding Into Shape

Nearly Halfway Through the Season, Alabama Seems to Be Rounding Into Shape

This weekend was supposed to shake things up. Instead, things are pretty similar to what they were about seven days ago. A few top teams got very close to upsets, but again, everything’s largely as it was around the top 10 or so.

Completely disagree with the way in which these teams are ordered? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game? Share your thoughts/gripes/manifestos in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 7)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (5-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (5-0) (Last: 2)

3. Stanford Cardinal (5-0) (Last: 3)

4. Clemson Tigers (5-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (6-0) (Last: 5)

6. Florida State Seminoles (5-0) (Last: 8)

7. Georgia Bulldogs (4-1) (Last: 6)

8. Louisville Cardinals (5-0) (Last: 7)

9. Texas A&M Aggies (4-1) (Last: 9)

10. LSU Tigers (5-1) (Last: 10)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 6

After Topping LSU on Saturday, Georgia's Right Back in the National Title Chase

After Topping LSU on Saturday, Georgia’s Right Back in the National Title Chase

Finally, real games were played this weekend, and we’re already seeing some of the effects in the polls. Conference and national title contenders are trying to separate themselves from the pack, and over the next month, we’ll see who’s for real and who isn’t. As always, anything can happen week to week, and we’re anxious to see what develops next.

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 6)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (4-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (4-0) (Last: 2)

3. Stanford Cardinal (4-0) (Last: 3)

4. Clemson Tigers (4-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (5-0) (Last: 5)

6. Georgia Bulldogs (3-1) (Last: 9)

7. Louisville Cardinals (4-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (4-0) (Last: 8)

9. Texas A&M Aggies (4-1) (Last: 10)

10. LSU Tigers (4-1) (Last: 6)

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ACC Football 2013 Previews & Predictions: Week 5

Jeremiah Attaochu and the Georgia Tech Defense Are Aiming to Deliver a Big Win Over Virginia Tech

Jeremiah Attaochu & the Georgia Tech Defense Aiming to Deliver a Big Win Over Virginia Tech

Finally, some actual games that matter (a few anyway). The ACC‘s still got five undefeated teams (sort of six), but will that continue to be the case much longer. I’m sure we all hope so… Just like normal, we’re running down the list of every ACC (plus Louisville) game and predicting outcomes that will almost undoubtedly be wrong. Have some picks of your own? Predict away in the comments!

Game of the Week

Virginia Tech Hokies (3-1) (0-0) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (3-0) (2-0): For all but one year of divisional play, this game has decided the Coastal. And while it may seem like a remote possibility given the state of Virginia Tech’s offense in particular, that’s still on the table for this season’s edition of the matchup. But this one’s not going to last long if the Hokies can’t cut down on mistakes. The kicking game’s a mess and despite some flashes of success, Logan Thomas is still as rough around the edges as he’s ever been — and as error-prone as he’s ever been too. Georgia Tech’s aggressive defense should take advantage of those opportunities, while Vad Lee could have the offense closing the deal by the third quarter. Prediction: Georgia Tech 31, Virginia Tech 21

The Rest of the Slate (in order of start time):

Miami Hurricanes (3-0) (0-0) at USF Bulls (0-3): In the past, this contest has actually been pretty close. But that was the old version of the USF program. The version we’ve come to know lately has fallen on some hard times, and that’ll likely continue this weekend. USF can’t seem to score points (just 12.3 per game this season), though over the last two games, the defense hasn’t been all bad. It’s certainly not the best MIami’s seen though, after facing and beating Florida in week two. Expect the ‘Canes to breeze through yet another contest en route to a 4-0 record. Prediction: Miami 30, USF 13

East Carolina Pirates (2-1) at North Carolina Tar Heels (1-2) (0-1): Considering the high expectations UNC had going into the season and the way things have gone instead, this ECU game is now a must-win. The defense is a bit of a concern, especially after last week’s second-half collapse versus Georgia Tech, but the bigger issue has been and remains the offense. North Carolina’s line is struggling to protect Bryn Renner and can’t open up holes for the running game either. The result has been a neutered attack that pales in comparison to what we’ve seen from previous Larry Fedora teams. They’ve got to figure things out this week against ECU or they’re in full-on crisis mode. Prediction: UNC 41, ECU 28

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 5

Bryce Petty and Baylor are This Week's Big Gainers in the Rankings

Bryce Petty and the Baylor Bears are This Week’s Big Gainers in the Rankings

This was a tough weekend of football for most fans to watch, though the large majority of the top 25 teams won in blowout fashion. You’ll notice the minimal shifts below as a result, but that all changes next week. As conference play starts up in earnest, there will be plenty of shake-ups in the rankings. So for many programs, enjoy your time at the top while you can.

Completely disagree with the way in which these teams are ordered? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game? Share your thoughts/gripes/manifestos in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 5)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (3-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (3-0) (Last: 2)

3. Stanford Cardinal (3-0) (Last: 3)

4. Clemson Tigers (3-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (4-0) (Last: 5)

6. LSU Tigers (4-0) (Last: 6)

7. Louisville Cardinals (4-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (3-0) (Last: 8)

9. Georgia Bulldogs (2-1) (Last: 9)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (3-1) (Last: 10)

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 4

Alabama Stays at Number One This Week, After Outlasting a Tough Texas A&M Squad

Alabama Stays at Number One This Week, After Outlasting a Tough Texas A&M Squad

No enormous shake-ups this week in a mostly lackluster slate of games. And even the country’s most competitive contest (‘Bama/A&M) still tells us very little about which of those teams is truly “better.” If anything, most of the movement after week 3 happened near the bottom or completely outside of the polls, which is where you’ll see the most shifting around.

Completely disagree with the way in which these teams are ordered? Believe that you’re better at ranking teams that have yet to play a game? Share your thoughts/gripes/manifestos in the comments.

Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 Top 25 (Week 4)

1. Alabama Crimson Tide (2-0) (Last: 1)

2. Oregon Ducks (3-0) (Last: 3)

3. Stanford Cardinal (2-0) (Last: 2)

4. Clemson Tigers (2-0) (Last: 4)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (3-0) (Last: 5)

6. LSU Tigers (3-0) (Last: 8)

7. Louisville Cardinals (3-0) (Last: 7)

8. Florida State Seminoles (2-0) (Last: 9)

9. Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) (Last: 10)

10. Texas A&M Aggies (2-1) (Last: 6)

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ACC Football 2013 Power Rankings: Week 3

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Miami’s Big Upset of Florida Has Them Thinking ACC Championship, and Possibly More

Two weeks into this young season and things seem awfully positive for the ACC. There’s a collective conference pride rooted not just in hilarious gestures of solidarity, but in actual on-field results. The ACC is beating the SEC on the field, and (at least from a public relations standpoint) putting to bed the rhetoric about it being a weak league. As always, the poll includes all 14 current ACC members, plus future member Louisville. Feel like I’m totally right or completely off-base? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

ACC Football Power Rankings 2013 (Week 3)

1. Clemson Tigers (2-0) (0-0) (Last: 1): Even without Tajh Boyd for most of the game, Clemson was able to breeze through South Carolina State on Saturday. But the biggest win may have been what happened in Georgia. The Bulldogs beat up on South Carolina in front of a national audience and staked their claim to the SEC East crown. But if Georgia’s the best team in the SEC East, then how good is Clemson? It appears the answer is “very” and now everyone seems to be buying in on the Tigers. The team moved up to no. 3 in the AP rankings this week and even received a first-place vote.

2. Florida State Seminoles (1-0) (1-0) (Last: 2): Florida State had the week off, but it doesn’t mean the hype around Jameis Winston vanished. If anything, it just continued to grow as pundits began to wonder what he might do for an encore. Against Nevada on Saturday, he should have ample opportunity to replicate his success from Labor Day, though it does feel like we’re already entering Clowney-type territory when it comes to expectations for him. At some point, he’ll remind folks he’s a freshman quarterback and the ESPN hivemind will inevitably turn on him. But until then, FSU fans will certainly enjoy the ride.

3. Louisville Cardinals (2-0) (0-0) (Last: 3): What does Louisville have to do to make their case for a national championship? Simply put: just win. And so far, they’ve done that, winning two contests by a combined score of 93-14. Teddy Bridgewater is on an absolutely torrid pace in terms of statistics, and with the American Athletic Conference looking even worse off than people thought this season, we could be seeing something truly special from him this year.

4. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (2-0) (0-0) (Last: 4): Is the U back? That depends on your point of view, though Saturday’s upset over Florida is certainly a nice start to that conversation. The Hurricanes weren’t perfect against the Gators, but maybe that’s what makes this victory resonate a bit more. Everyone has a tendency to celebrate a team for playing a flawless game en route to a big victory, when it’s the team that can win an ugly contest that’s probably better set up for long-term success. While the offense had its moments, the biggest plus from Saturday was the defense, which (Florida’s inept offense aside) did appear to have taken major leaps forward from last season’s disastrous effort.

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ACC Football 2013 Week 2 Lessons: After Wins over Florida & Georgia, Does ACC Have What it Takes in 2013?

Following Miami's Upset Over Florida, the Narrative Around the ACC Has Drastically Shifted

Following Miami’s Upset Over Florida, the Narrative Around the ACC Has Drastically Shifted

Each Monday morning (or sometimes Tuesday), we compile our top five takeaways from the weekend’s action. Here’s what we got out of Week 2 of the ACC football season:

1. The ACC Looks Ready to Contend: Three matchups between the perceived upper crust of the ACC and the perceived upper crust of the SEC have yielded two wins (over Georgia and Florida, respectively) for the former. It’s no national championship, of course, but it’s those types of victories that completely change the narrative for the ACC and barring some typical #goacc upsets (please, no), we may be set up for a very fun finish in 2013. With three potential title contenders all hovering around the top 10-15 spots in the rankings, this is exactly what the league needed to show it’s a new era. Moments like this one also do their part.

2. Boston College and Maryland on the rebound?: Over the past couple seasons, Boston College and Maryland’s respective struggles have been well chronicled and ridiculed, but both programs suddenly appear to be on the mend. The Terps and Eagles are both 2-0 to start the season, and while Maryland has won with a high-powered offense, BC has done it with a formidable defense. We’ll see if the trends hold, but for right now, things are looking up for both programs.

3. Syracuse, Virginia, NC State Experiencing Quarterback Troubles: While each team has experienced different results (0-2, 1-1, 2-0), they all do face very similar issues at the quarterback position. Syracuse’s Drew Allen has proven himself to be turnover-prone and unable to make quick reads. David Watford of Virginia has also been plagued by turnovers — though he’s also been up against two of the nation’s best defenses. Since jumping into the starting job part of the way into game one, State’s Pete Thomas has done very little to prove he deserves the position long-term, especially after struggling against an FCS team like Richmond. Expect all three situations to be watched very closely over the coming couple weeks.

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