Yes, I’m calling these “Preseason” rankings even though Miami already played. Pitt hasn’t played yet, so the name still applies from a certain point of view. I still accounted for that one game when coming up with these rankings because it’s literally the only real data point we have, so I’m gonna grab onto it like it’s the last burger at Saturday’s tailgate. Before we get started, you’ll notice below that I’ve separated the teams into Tiers. Basically, I feel that the teams within the tiers can be placed in any order for the most part as they’re pretty close to each other. Where a new tier starts is where I feel there’s a bigger drop-down in team quality. Without further ado, the inaugural Dream Backfield ACC Power Rankings!
Tier A: It’s Just Clemson
1. Clemson (0-0)
Could it have been anyone else? Clemson is the undisputed juggernaut of the conference. They are the defending National Champions and have won the conference each of the past 4 seasons. They return Heisman hopeful Trevor Lawrence at Quarterback, Travis Etienne at Running Back, and their Top 3 receivers from last year. Overall, they had nearly half of the Preseason All-ACC team (13/27), which should not happen in a 14-team league. Right now, it’s Clemson’s World and we’re all playing for 2nd Place.
Tier B: Playing for 2nd Place
2. Miami (0-1)
Despite losing to Florida, Miami made it a much closer game than most expected. They have legitimate concerns at Offensive Line, but they may have found a Quarterback in Jarren Williams. Going into this season, this was the position with the biggest question mark and despite getting zero protection against the Gators, Williams...
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