FSU football: ACC Power Rankings after week three

I had FSU football in the top half of my preseason ACC Power Rankings, and I look like I was on the right track overall.

The ACC has gotten off to a decent start after a rocky first week. There are seven teams with a 3-0 record, five of them in the ACC Atlantic, and only three teams have losing records after three weeks.

Week four could be pivotal for a couple of ACC Atlantic teams, and undefeated Clemson and Wake Forest squared off with someone losing their zero. FSU football hosts Boston College in their third consecutive primetime slot, and Virginia travels to undefeated Syracuse in ACC action.

Anyways, here are my updated rankings after three weeks by division and then overall as a conference:

ACC Atlantic

  • Clemson (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
  • FSU (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
  • Syracuse (3-0, 1-0 ACC)
  • NC State (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Wake Forest (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Louisville (1-2, 0-2 ACC)
  • Boston College (1-2, 1-1 ACC)

The only thing that changed here was NC State leaping Wake Forest after the Demon Deacons almost lost to Liberty and NC State covered the spread against Texas Tech. Boston College for their first win, but it’s not enough for them to leap frog Louisville.

ACC Coastal

  • Pittsburgh (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
  • Duke (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Miami (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
  • North Carolina (3-0, 0-0 ACC)
  • Virginia (2-1, 0-0 ACC)
  • Virginia Tech (2-1, 1-1 ACC)
  • Georgia Tech (1-2, 0-1 ACC)

Overall Power Rankings

  1. Clemson
  2. FSU
  3. Syracuse
  4. Pittsburgh
  5. NC State
  6. Wake Forest
  7. Duke
  8. Miami
  9. North Carolina
  10. Louisville
  11. Virginia
  12. Virginia Tech
  13. Georgia Tech
  14. Boston College

Parting Thoughts

We don’t have too much change other than NC State leapfrogging Wake Forest and Duke jumping Miami. Wake Forest nearly lost to Liberty, and NC State handled Texas Tech. Duke looks like a more complete team in Mike Elko’s first year than Miami, who’s yet to beat a Power Five team.

They didn’t score a touchdown against a Texas A&M team that got dominated by Appalachian State. Miami will play another non-Power Five team in week four, and it’s a joke they continue with a ranking in the top 25. Some important games this week will be Wake Forest taking on Clemson and FSU football hosting Boston College for a shot at a 4-0 start. The Noles will host Wake Forest in week five.