After all the votes are tabulated and numbers added up, ACC football becomes a race to the middle. The top 4 teams in this week’s ACC Nation Power Poll aren’t budging. Now, the teams in the middle begin their battle to roll off six plus wins for a post-season bowl bid. The vast majority of the schedule is in-conference. Those games are becoming critical in a manner we never would have imagined when the season began.
The top 4 teams remain Clemson, Notre Dame, Wake Forest and Virginia. The latter two are now tied in this week’s ACC Nation Power Poll.
When it comes to the race to the middle the poll becomes a bit congested. The difference between the No. 5 team and the No. 9 team is a mere six points. Should Pitt and Florida State be that close? Are Syracuse and North Carolina that similar overall? Does Duke really fit in between North Carolina and Florida State?
The ESPN FPI wouldn’t agree with the ACC Nation Power Poll. But, they have Miami ranked at No. 3 (among ACC Nation teams), Florida State at No. 4, Virginia at No. 5 and Duke at No. 6. However, this is comparing apples to oranges in the grand scheme of things. We toss these numbers in merely for entertainment purposes. We’ll let you quibble over the differences between the two.
In the national polls (AP & USA Today), Clemson and Notre Dame held onto their spots within the top 10. Both Wake Forest and Virginia moved several notches into the top 20.
The key word of this past weekend in ACC football was, narrow. Teams either won or lost by a narrow margin. The one exception being North Carolina’s win over Georgia Tech.
Remember that word because it may come in handy again this week. In a number of games the outcome may again be narrow. Between struggling offenses and struggling defenses some match-ups may be maddening for fans.
Here’s a recommendation – don’t make any presumptions about who will win this week. Be sure to check out this week’s ACC Nation Pigskin Picks to for a look at who the staff thinks will pick up a win this week.