Posted by Chip Patterson
This week's polls have been released. Here's how the ACC fared, from the top of the polls to the bottom, and what it means.
Those who have been claiming this could be a special year for Clemson football received some great support from the Tigers' come-from-behind performance. Entering as a touchdown favorite over their division rivals at Maryland, Clemson sputtered and found themselves facing an 18-point deficit. Only one other time in program history (1992 against Virginia) has a Clemson team come back from an 18+ point deficit to win. Saturday's game was the perfect example of the type of loss that has frustrated Clemson fans for the last two decades. A talented roster with conference title hopes shows up flat and gets stunned in a game they should win. That script was shredded by Sammy Watkins' school-record 345 all-purpose yards, keeping this new group of young Tigers undefeated and in the Top 10.
16/14. Virginia Tech
After turning the corner against Miami, the Hokies continued to improve their offensive execution against a relentless Wake Forest defense. After falling behind 14-0 early, Logan Thomas battled Virginia Tech back into the game and pulled away late with a 38-17 victory. Thomas and star running back David Wilson combined for 524 all-purpose yards of offense, gashing an undersized Demon Deacons squad and controlling the pace of the game deep into the final quarter. As usual, Frank Beamers squad has bounced back from an early loss and is playing some of their best ball in the conference season. With Georgia Tech's loss, the Hokies are back in the race to defend their ACC Coastal Division crown.
20/19. Georgia Tech
Last week the Yellow Jackets got their first scare, and failure to improve on the offensive mistakes led to their first loss a week later. Georgia Tech has slowly regressed as the season has progressed, and now Paul Johnson needs to find a way to re-focus this team. Injuries on defense left Georgia Tech vulnerable to a physical Virginia rushing attack, and the Cavaliers exposed a uncharacterstic lack of physicality along the Tech offensive line. Georgia Tech's fast start will give them one more chace in the eyes of the voters, but another performance like Saturday's loss to Virginia could drop them from their brief stay in the polls.
Others receiving votes: Wake Forest continues to collect some momentum from voters, even in their losing effort to Virginia Tech. Despite suffering a loss at the hands of Miami, North Carolina still saw some action from the coaching poll voters. The coaches/SIDs also showed some respect to Mike London and Virginia, who received a few votes in their poll.
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