Posted: 4:09 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013
By Joey Weaver
Clemson followed up their huge win over uga with a snoozer against South Carolina State. They won 52-13. Not much of a story here.
Florida State also had a bye week to follow up their matchup against Pittsburgh. This week they host Nevada, and it could get ugly.
Miami made a major statement this weekend by beating Florida. That said, I can't promise that it was them beating Florida, because it sorta seemed like Florida beating Florida...but no matter, Miami had more points at the end of the game. They won't move this week, but they put more distance between them and #3.
The Yellow Jackets move up without playing due to the Hokies' struggles and the health returning to the team for their matchup with Duke.
Virginia Tech won 45-3 against the Catamounts of Western Carolina, but will be falling in this set of rankings due to their continued offensive struggles. Their 21 points at halftime and Logan Thomas's 2 INTs made them look as though they were playing a considerably well-matched conference opponent, which is concerning when they're playing an FCS-level team. To their credit, that defense will be very solid this year though.
They played Middle Tennessee State and were able to come away with a 20-point win. Not typically worthy of moving up, but it was a considerably better outcome than Virginia saw.
The game wasn't over at halftime, but it was shortly after. The Cavaliers got rolled (predictably) by Oregon. Hate to penalize the team for a poor performance against a far superior team, but North Carolina deserves to move up after a win.
Pitt had the week off after the shellacking laid on them by Florida State, but moves up after NC State's nonsense.
Duke travelled to Memphis and won 28-14 despite being tied at halftime and up 14-7 after 3 quarters. They'll take on Georgia Tech this week at home as considerable underdogs.
The Wolfpack was under a minute from losing to FCS Richmond, before kicking a last-minute field goal to win. NC State turned the ball over 4 times and had 10 penalties for 89 yards, and had all of this self-destruction at home. That sort of mess isn't going to fly, nor will it next week when they play Clemson in Death Valley on Thursday night.
Syracuse lost its second straight game to a tough team, although this time by 3 TD's on the road against Northwestern. They return home this week to take on FCS team Wagner, as they desperately try to get some momentum working.
Maryland won handily against Old Dominion, and although that makes 2 wins for them, they're victims of Strength of Schedule here as 2 losses to Penn State and Northwestern still puts Syracuse above 2 wins over Florida International and an FCS team.
Boston College won the Friday Night Cripple Fight over Wake Forest, 24-10. They've now scored 24 points in each of their first two games, which unfortunately for them may be the weakest two opponents they see this year.
Wake displayed offensive ineptitude in a 2 TD loss on the road to a division foe. If there's a worse team in the conference, they've yet to show themselves. The race isn't over yet, though.
Those are my rankings for this week, readers. What are yours? Where did I get it wrong?