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.

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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

Miami Florida Gators Hurricanes Upset 2013 ACC Football SEC Stephen Morris

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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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 2

With a Hot Start, Oregon is One of a Handful of Non-SEC Teams Challenging Alabama

With a Hot Start, Oregon is One of a Handful of Non-SEC Teams Challenging Alabama for No. 1

Week two of the college football season provided a significant shake-up in and around the top 10, after two of the SEC East’s top squads suffered defeats over the weekend. Coupled with losses by Notre Dame and Texas, the trickle-down effect gives way to quite a bit of shake-up after just two games, with plenty more to come as schedules get tougher.

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 2)

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

2. Stanford Cardinal (1-0) (Last: 2)

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

4. Clemson Tigers (2-0) (Last: 5)

5. Ohio State Buckeyes (2-0) (Last: 6)

6. Texas A&M Aggies (2-0) (Last: 4)

7. Louisville Cardinals (2-0) (Last: 8)

8. LSU Tigers (2-0) (Last: 14)

9. Florida State Seminoles (1-0) (Last: 10)

10. Georgia Bulldogs (1-1) (Last: 11)

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ACC Football 2013 Power Rankings: Post-Week 1

After a Huge Win Over Georgia, No One Can Deny Clemson the Top Spot in the ACC

After a Huge Win Over Georgia, No One Can Deny Clemson the Top Spot in the ACC

One week down, and things seem to be trending positively for the ACC. Conference teams are rising in the polls, everyone has positive things to say about the ACC and (knock on wood), things really couldn’t be much better for the league as a whole. I don’t know how long this will last, but it’s fantastic. 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 (Post-Week 1)

1. Clemson Tigers (1-0) (0-0) (Last: 1): Up to number four in the recent AP rankings, Clemson is riding high right now. And why not? You beat a top-five team in Georgia, your quarterback is now assumed to be a Heisman front-runner… There’s very little left to question about this Tigers squad, and given how unimposing the remaining schedule is for them, it’s unlikely much more doubt creeps up between now and November. This is a team capable of winning the national title, and believe it or not, they just might go ahead and do it this year.

2. Florida State Seminoles (1-0) (1-0) (Last: 2): There was hope that Jameis Winston could step right in and run this Seminoles offense. But no one could’ve known just how good the freshman would be in his debut on Monday night. Accounting for five touchdowns against Pittsburgh, Winston has quickly thrown himself into the national spotlight very early in the season. In a surprising move, his team’s also joined him, putting to rest concerns about how they’ll replace EJ Manuel and much of last year’s defense.

3. Louisville Cardinals (1-0) (0-0) (Last: 3): Louisville understands what it needs to do to keep observers’ respect this season, whether that’s fair or not. And thus far, they’ve met the challenge. Teddy Bridgewater was a star against Ohio, putting up 355 passing yards and five scores against a team that was thought to be among the best in the MAC. We’ll see if that’s true or not, but we do know is that the Cardinals will be tough to beat on both ends this year. Now, the rest may be up to the voters.

4. Miami (FL) Hurricanes (1-0) (0-0) (Last: 4): Miami didn’t meet much of a test in Florida Atlantic on Friday, but they took care of business and collected a solid victory. Duke Johnson was the game’s standout performer, picking up right where he left off in 2012 by picking up over 200 total yards and a score. Obviously, the Owls are no worldbeaters, but it’s also worth noting the defense’s improved effort in the 34-6 win, too. We’ll see if that’s a mirage or not next week versus Florida.

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Atlantic Coast Convos 2013 College Football Top 25 Rankings: Week 1

The Two-Time Defending National Champs, Alabama, Picks Up Right Where it Left Off

The Two-Time Defending National Champs, Alabama, Picks Up Right Where it Left Off

After one week of game action, don’t be too surprised at what you see below. With minimal upsets in the top 25, there wasn’t a ton of shake-up, though it was certainly interesting to see which teams were ready to be considered among the best in the nation. A few others, on the other hand, displayed some of the characteristics which instilled doubt in them the entire offseason — giving way to even more doubt.

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 1)

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

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

3. Oregon Ducks (1-0) (Last: 3)

4. Texas A&M Aggies (1-0) (Last: 4)

5. Clemson Tigers (1-0) (Last: 8)

6. Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0) (Last: 6)

7. South Carolina Gamecocks (1-0) (Last: 7)

8. Louisville Cardinals (1-0) (Last: 9)

9. Florida Gators (1-0) (Last: 10)

10. Florida State Seminoles (1-0) (Last: 13)

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ACC Football 2013 Previews & Predictions: Week 1 (Part 1)

Down a Few Defensive Backs, Can Georgia Keep Clemson's Sammy Watkins in Check?

Down a Few Defensive Backs, Can Georgia Keep Clemson’s Sammy Watkins in Check?

Welcome back, football!  Tonight begins another fantastic season of our favorite chaos-ridden soap opera, also known as college football. And with that, there are actual games being played, and actual predictions to be made. Just like normal, we’re running down the list of every ACC (plus Louisville) game and predicting outcomes that will almost undoubtedly be wrong. Every conference team is in action this weekend too, so we’re splitting things up into two posts to make things more easily digestible. You’re welcome, and happy football season!

Game of the Week

Georgia Bulldogs at Clemson Tigers: Two top-10 teams with National Championship dreams, facing off on the first Saturday night of the season. It just doesn’t get any better than this. Clemson has a distinct home field advantage and completely understands what’s at stake: perception, which is most of the battle in college football. If Tajh Boyd wins his second straight contest against an elite SEC defense, then expectations are off to the races and the Tigers appear to be a legitimate threat to win it all. Lose, and they spend the rest of their season digging out of a hole. Preseason injuries have seemingly ravaged this ‘Dogs secondary, and that won’t do them any favors against the likes of Sammy Watkins & co. Clemson grabs win number one. Prediction: Clemson 31, Georgia 23

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

North Carolina Tar Heels at South Carolina Gamecocks: Old ACC rivals reunite in a battle for who gets to be called “Carolina” for the rest of the season. The Gamecocks program has risen to previously unseen heights these past few years, while the Tar Heels are looking to embark on a similar upward trajectory. It could start here for UNC, though they’ll have to figure out a way to deal with SC’s Jadeveon Clowney first and foremost. The country’s best defensive lineman will give the Heels’ line all they can handle tonight. Despite some optimism that they’re up to the task, it still won’t stop Clowney from making a huge impact, though. Prediction: South Carolina 33, North Carolina 24

Presbyterian Blue Hose at Wake Forest Demon Deacons: Presbyterian was very bad last year (2-9), so this matchup is the exact type of body bag game Wake Forest needs to start off their season on the right foot. Outside of winning the football game (not a difficult task in this case), the main goal is getting out of the contest with everyone healthy — a struggle for the Deacs lately. With an ACC game coming up in week two, I’m also curious if Wake looks to break out some of the new spread-option elements of the offense, or if they’re keeping it under wraps until they head up to BC. I’d bet they keep things pretty basic tonight. Prediction: Wake Forest 38, Presbyterian 7

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