ACC Power Rankings

The Atlantic Coast Conference has certainly had a topsy-turvy first month of the season. After starting slowly, the conference earned enough respect in recent weeks to move as high as fourth in comparative conference rankings.

The events of this past weekend certainly didn’t help our image. (Why can’t we ever play a Wake Forest team that turns the ball over 4 or 5 times in ONE HALF?!)

A couple of weeks ago ESPN’s ACC Blog ran a really good entry on the ACC being ‘down but not out’ that can be seen by clicking here.

1. Youth. Check this out:

* Georgia Tech is the youngest team in the ACC with 75 players that are either freshmen or sophomores.

* 22 true freshmen played in Florida State’s season opener.

* 21 true freshmen played in Miami’s season opener.

* Nine true freshmen have played for Virginia Tech.

* Virginia has had a dozen players make their first career starts in two games and has 72 freshmen and sophomores on its roster.

* UNC has the fewest scholarship seniors in the ACC with 11. Only four other teams in the country have fewer seniors than the Tar Heels (Alabama, Middle Tennessee, Central Michigan and Toledo).

* Boston College started the year with 30 new players who had never played a down with the Eagles before.

* Clemson has played eight true freshmen and 11 redshirt freshmen.

Since NC State wasn’t mentioned in that list allow us to turn your attention here and you will realize that NC State is currently playing football with only TEN SENIORS:

1. QB D. Evans (RS)
2. RB A. Brown
3. OL J. Bedics (RS)
4. OL M. Green (RS)
5. DT A. Holmes
6. DT K. Willis (RS)
7. DE J. Clemmons
8. LB R. Leonard (RS)
9. CB J. Gray (RS)
10. S JC Neal

Heather Dinich has updated power rankings for the ACC. Can’t complain too much with her list. Even though GobblerCountry’s power rankings aren’t as close to reality, one can’t argue this comment:

Clemson has stopped caring.

Lastly, Joe Giglio ranks the worst teams in the BCS in his comments linked here. Virginia deservedly ranked one of the three worst teams in the country. Of course, NC State couldn’t be so lucky to actually have Virginia on our schedule this year. Of course.

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10 Responses to ACC Power Rankings

  1. wufpup76 09/29/2008 at 9:06 AM #

    Wake Forest losing at home to Navy was the knockout blow for the league’s collective rep. this season … Tough to overcome your highest ranked “supposed best” team losing at home to a service academy (Navy has a decent team, but if you’re gonna be in the Top 15 you have to beat Navy at home, probably by 2 scores or more) … That said, I’m generally happy when the service academies can get a win unless it’s against us 😉

    Speaking of, if we get some of our D guys back in time I think we stand a good shot of turning Wake (and everyone else) over a lot like we had been doing to teams prior to the USF game … If, if, if, if, if … Bah, will never happen – more injuries to come

  2. Noah 09/29/2008 at 9:10 AM #

    I think this team is made of papier mache.

    Until we get some depth, I have no expectations. I just want to win one more game.

  3. choppack1 09/29/2008 at 9:28 AM #

    2 of those 10 were walk ons…I guess the worst news for us is that we aren’t the only one who is young. GaTech – who arguably is the best team in the conference thus far – is just as young. Of course, I think we’ll be OK when we play the rest of the teams on our schedule.

    I think it’s a strong statement to say that Clemson has stopped caring. They pull this crap a couple of games every year – and they manage to overcome it.

    We’ll see though – I think the good news is that TOB has thus far managed to redshirt a bunch of our linemen. But it looks like next year, we’ll be losing 60% of our OL. Also, isn’t Crouch a senior?

  4. Oldwolf 09/29/2008 at 10:01 AM #

    according to the rostor at the seniors are:

    Bradsher, Scott S 6-0 196 Sr.
    Brown, Andre HB 6-0
    Clemmons, Jamaine DE 5-11 255 Sr. W
    Crouch, Curtis OG 6-5 320 Sr. Fayetteville
    Dooley, Evan WR 6-2 190 Sr.
    Holmes, Antoine DL 6-2 281 Sr.
    Neal, J.C. S 5-11 195 Sr.
    White, Matthew OT 6-6 325 Sr.
    Bedics, John OL 6-4 295 RSr.
    Goodman, Ryan LB 6-2 205 RSr.
    Green, Meares C/OG/OT 6-4 306 RSr.
    Hill, Anthony TE 6-6 265 RSr.
    Leonard, Robbie LB 6-0 205 RSr.
    Pierson, Bradley P/K 5-9 163 RSr.
    Willis Jr., Keith DT 6-1 284 RSr.
    Evans, Andrew WR 5-10 180 RGr.
    Evans, Daniel QB 6-2 200 RGr.
    Gray, Jeremy CB 6-2 188 RGr.

    I know that Hill, Crouch are injured now, but what about the rest? Are they no longer on the team or are they all injured too? Just wondering (GoPack could have some listed wrong also)

  5. RAWFS 09/29/2008 at 10:07 AM #

    Wow. That list right there should tell you how bad Chuck Amato’s overall recruiting really was. And it should also tell you that there really is a lot of rebuilding to do. It’s going to take a couple more years, I am afraid, for TOB to get the roster stocked with solid players from R-Sr down to true freshmen.

  6. JN 09/29/2008 at 12:01 PM #

    What does our Junior Class look like? This will start to give an indication as to what we look like next year and how long this rebuild process takes.

  7. Zen Wolf 09/29/2008 at 12:22 PM #

    I would like to say that I was proud of the way our guys continued to fight even when the war appeared to be over. Heavily Over matched, In a driving rain storm and with all but a hearty hand full of fans running for cover this team fought until the very end. Every second half punt by USF was a victory. Every time Beck threw the ball more than twenty yards in the air, no matter the resutls, it was a victory. Every time our wide recievers were open, catch or otherwise it was a victory. This young team of rag tag walk ons, two and three star athletes and sons of past heroes were taking and giving punches right until the very end. From the fires of tribulation comes a stronger and sharper steel. The Marine knows this and he is tempering that fire. This young pack of warriors will rise from this fire and flash their steel. This young pack of wolves will howl again. They will howl that the rest of us can come out from our cover and join them at the fire in the Den. And we can howl with them. Our Howls will inspire them to Victory!


    Seriously I was very proud of the fight we showed. We will heal and when we do “Look out Baby it’s going to be fun to watch!”

  8. Greywolf 09/29/2008 at 12:49 PM #

    Zen Wolf,
    You might be a little over the top(chuckle) with your comments,but what you are pointing to is right on. IMNSHO This can be attributed to the players character and that TOB is playing those with character be they scholarship players or walk-ons.

    Your post balances my first thoughts about our apparent lack of effort. The Pack did fight til the last whistle blew when mailing it in could have been expected. TOB has something positive to build on.

  9. Noah 09/29/2008 at 1:46 PM #

    The current senior class was Amato’s last class assembled by Doc Holiday. It was a very highly-regarded class.

    JC Neal was the player of the year in South Carolina. Andre Brown and Toney Baker were HS all-americans. Curtis Crouch was a top-10 guy.

    It’s just that half of that class either got arrested, flunked out or just quit.

  10. b 09/29/2008 at 2:14 PM #

    The junior class is okay, with Cash, Eugene, Bowens, McCuller, Michel, and Willie Young. Its just the injuries have been horrific, and there was no depth to start. This year has been worst case scenario.

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