The ACC Race

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Could we see a Clemson-Virginia Tech rematch in the ACC Championship Game? (Photo by Ivan Morozov)

Virginia Tech’s season is half over, and the Hokies are going into their bye week at just the right time. Today we’ll take a closer look at the ACC race as whole. Things are still open to a certain extent, though in reality only five teams have a legit shot at winning the conference.

Let’s start with the Atlantic Division…

Atlantic Division

Clemson is in first place, and though they were picked to finish second, it’s really no surprise to see them at the top of the standings. As expected, Boston College is in last place. There are a couple of major surprises though. NC State, picked fourth, is 3-0 and has aspirations to win the division. Florida State, picked first, is 1-3 overall and 1-2 in the ACC. Their lone win came in a very close game against Wake Forest. The Seminoles are extremely close to being winless.

Here are the Atlantic Division Standings…

1) Clemson (6-0, 4-0)
2) NC State (5-1, 3-0)
3) Syracuse (3-3, 1-1)
4) Florida State (1-3, 1-2)
5) Louisville (4-2, 1-2)
6) Wake Forest (4-2, 1-2)
7) Boston College (2-4, 0-3)

I think we can safely say that the Atlantic Division is a two-team race. Besides Clemson and NC State, only Syracuse has fewer than two ACC losses, and I don’t think anybody is going to mistake the Orange for legitimate contenders. The Tigers and the Wolfpack will face each other on Nov. 4 in Raleigh. That’s setting up to be a big day for the ACC, with Virginia Tech also playing at Miami that day.

From bottom to top, here are my thoughts on each of the Atlantic Division teams…

7.  Boston College (2-4, 0-3). Death, taxes, and BC finishing last in the Atlantic Division. Outside of maybe defeating Syracuse, does anybody see the Eagles winning an ACC game this

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