Here we go, it’s week twelve of the regular college football season. Including this week, which begins on Thursday, we’ve got three weeks of action left on the schedule. The last regular weekend, that features a lot of non-conference play, is Saturday November 30. A week later it’s the ACC Football Championship in Charlotte on December 7. Let’s call it official, we’ll see Clemson against…..oh, yeah, the Coastal Division is still up for grabs. Check back with us in three weeks as teams sprint to the finish.
It will take a whole lotta ballin’ out over the next three weeks to push teams up the ladder in the ACC Nation Power Poll. The voters are getting set in their ways especially after watching one messy week after another. Will things change this week? The upcoming ACC Nation Pigskin Picks finds pretty much everyone in agreement. Almost, everyone.
This week may well be the first in a long time where the teams that should win will actually do just that. But, it’s the ACC, so we’ll simply have to watch and see.
ACC Nation Power Poll
Moving On Up
Would you be surprised if the teams that are moving up constitute a large portion of the Coastal Division? Yes, a literal sprint to the finish for Virginia, Pitt, Virginia Tech and Miami. Some of that second wind mad dash is for the championship and a shot at Clemson.
Who else improves their status in the ACC Nation Power Poll? Florida State moves up while Georgia Tech is working diligently to keep themselves from owning the status of ACC ‘cellar dweller’.
Coastal Division Top 4
Virginia 5-2 7-3
Pitt 3-2 6-3
Virginia Tech 3-2 6-3
Miami 4-3 6-4
Atlantic Division Top 4
Clemson 7-0 10-0
Wake Forest 3-2 7-2
Florida State 4-4 5-5
Louisville 3-3 5-4
Who’s rightfully feeling down in the dumps this week? Wake Forest, Louisville, Boston College, Duke and Syracuse fill out the list. The Demon Deacons not only have slipped from the AP Top 25 but they’ve lost a key element to their offense. Wide receiver Sage Surratt suffered a shoulder injury against Virginia Tech and will be out for the remainder of the season.
For the first time this season there’s a new resident at the bottom of the ACC Nation Power Poll. Syracuse has had a no-good, lousy season that has landed them at No. 15. The frustration of going from an exciting season in which you are ranked to tanking the next year is wearing on Orange fans.
A couple of interesting games that you’ll want to keep an eye on are on the schedule this week.