The ACC is off to a rough start to the season overall. Last week saw teams struggle against FCS opponents and other just embarrassing losses. In fact Pitt’s close loss to Penn State can probably be considered one of the better outcomes this weekend for the ACC, although everyone is too busy laughing at Pat Narduzzi’s 4th Down decision-making to really acknowledge this. These things are cyclical and eventually teams in the ACC will improve across the board. The good news for now though is that hopefully, this means Pitt can take advantage and win a bunch of conference games.
Tier A: Maybe we Should Just Give Clemson the Trophy Now
1. Clemson (3-0) LW: 1
I’ve got nothing else to really add about Clemson at this point. Honestly, the biggest danger for them at this point seems to be overconfidence. They plastered Syracuse during Primetime in the Carrier Dome and they’ve really been the only conference team to give them fits the past two seasons. I just don’t really see any other losses on their schedule, though that means they’ll randomly lose to Boston College or something. Regardless, everyone else is just playing for 2nd place right now.
Tier B: Playing for 2nd Place
2. Virginia (3-0) LW: 3
Virginia had a dramatic victory over Florida State last weekend, stopping them just a few yards short of the Goal Line as time expired, denying them a tying Touchdown. As exciting as the win was, Florida State has looked lackluster so far this season, and with the game at home in primetime I expected a more secure victory. Despite this, they’re the early Coastal favorite and Bryce Perkins is a very talented Quarterback. It’s still a long season though and there’s ample opportunity for Coastal Chaos to make its presence known.
3. Wake Forest (3-0) LW: 10
The Demon Deacons haven’t exactly faced a murderer’s row of opponents in Utah State, Rice, and UNC. However, they’ve still managed to navigate the first quarter of their season undefeated, which is more than most other teams in the conference can say. They survived a late surge from UNC last Friday night and received a little help from the refs who should have put another second on the clock to give the Tar Heels a final chance. It should be noted that Wake Forest is 5-0 since Pitt went to Winston-Salem last season and beat them to clinch the Coastal.
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