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Week three ACC power rankings

Caleb Browder, Alum

The Clemson Tigers raise their helmets prior to their 2019 game against the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tigers nearly escaped defeat at the hands of the Tar Heels with a 21-20 win.

1. Clemson Tigers (3-0)
Junior quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has started to come into his own for the Tigers, especially in their 48-20 win over Louisiana Tech. Clemson’s wide receiver core and defensive back play will be challenged next week when they take on the Demon Deacons in Winston-Salem, N.C.
2. NC State Wolfpack (3-0)
After a tumultuous start against Eastern Carolina, NC State has stepped up on both sides of the ball in its victories over the emerging Texas Tech Red Raiders. Devin Leary and the Wolfpack have UConn at home this week before they take on Clemson next week. 
3. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (3-0)
Sam Hartman and Wake Forest survive at home against a strong Hugh Freeze-led Liberty team on the back of their defense. Although Hartman threw for 325 yards last week, he’s going to have to be better than his 26/44 passing performance against the shutdown Clemson defense this weekend in order to beat the Tigers.
4. Syracuse Orange (3-0)
Nothing but praise should go the way of this impressive Syracuse team after their victory over the Purdue Boilermakers this weekend. Syracuse looks to continue their hot streak at home versus the Virginia Cavaliers.
5. Miami Hurricanes (2-1)
Miami had a rough weekend being shut down by the elite defense of Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies slowing Mario Cristobal’s rise through the ACC. Tyler Van Dyke and the Hurricanes look to bounce back against Middle Tennessee.
6. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-1)
After a rough overtime loss against Tennessee with Nate Yarnell at the reins after Kedon Slovis was hurt early in the game, Pittsburgh bounced back against Western Michigan winning 34-13. With Slovis slated to return, Pitt has to put on their blinders and power ahead going into the ACC schedule if they want a chance to repeat as champions. Narduzzi and the Panthers have Rhode Island this weekend before they play Georgia Tech.
7. Florida State Seminoles (3-0)
Florida escaped Louisville after Jordan Travis went down early in the Friday primetime game. It looks like Tate Rodemaker will have to take over for this week versus Boston College, Seminole fans are praying that Travis returns quickly with a tough road ahead after Boston College.
8. North Carolina Tar Heels (3-0)
A lot has been left to desire for this Tar Heel defense after letting Appalachian State score 61 points in week one and a narrow escape from a bad Georgia State team. Drake Maye, a quick riser in the Heisman race, will have his hands full this weekend against Marcus Freeman’s Fighting Irish who hope to use their win over Cal to springboard and get a win against the Tar Heels after a rough start.
9. Louisville Cardinals (1-2)
After postseason hype and a big recruiting boom, the Cardinals have had a disappointing start to the season. Malik Cunningham, who came into the season as a Heisman dark horse, was contained for the second time this season by the Seminoles. Louisville looks to bounce back versus a feisty South Florida team this weekend
10. Duke Blue Devils (3-0)
With low expectations to start the season, the Blue Devils have been on a roll. Although they’ve been against bad opponents, Duke has an opportunity to continue their hot streak and start the season 6-0. The first step for the Blue Devils is beating an undefeated and suddenly scary Kansas team for the least expected undefeated matchup of the week.
11. Virginia Cavaliers (2-1)
The Cavaliers narrowly escape an embarrassing loss vs Old Dominion. The Cavaliers and quarterback Brennan Armstrong have an uphill battle in front of them after being embarrassed by Illinois, but it starts this weekend at Syracuse.
12. Virginia Tech Hokies (2-1)
The Hokies beat up on Wofford this weekend, but only the future will tell if their loss against Old Dominion was a fluke or if it’ll be indicative of a long season for the Hokies in ACC play. This week, they play in a cross-conference rivalry game against West Virginia which may be the make-or-break game for this Hokies team.
13. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-2)
The Yellow Jackets let up 40+ points in a loss for the second time this season as Geoff Collins continues to ramp for another potential three-win season. The Yellow Jackets have a chance to prove something this weekend against a talented UCF team.
14. Boston College Eagles (1-2)
BC picked up their first win this year against Maine, which they struggled with until pulling away in the second half. Phil Jurkovec has to step up for this team especially with their upcoming schedule starting this week with Florida State.

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