by Dave Miller
September 04, 02012
The 2012 college football season is off and running, and we’ve already had plenty of exciting action.
Every Monday during the season I will release league power rankings, which you can find under the College tab at the top of this page. The six BCS conferences will all have their own power rankings, while I will also rank the best of the non-BCS squads.
Since the first week of the season didn’t conclude until last night, the power rankings are being released today.
With that in mind, let's take a look at how the ACC shapes up:
1. Virginia Tech: The Hokies snagged an overtime victory over Georgia Tech on Monday night, giving them a huge ACC Coastal division win. The offense didn't look great, but Bud Foster's defense will be tough to deal with all season long.
US PRESSWIREDabo Swinney's Clemson squad snagged another win over SEC foe Auburn.
2. Clemson: For the second straight season, Dabo Swinney's squad was able to claim a win over Auburn. The home showdown in October against Virginia Tech will be one of the better ACC games of the season.
3. Florida State: The Seminoles routed Murray State, but their deep defensive line took a hit with the season-ending injury to star end Brandon Jenkins.
4. Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets suffered a heartbreaking loss to Virginia Tech, but Al Groh's defense played exceptional. Can GT put the loss behind and get back into the Coastal division race?
5. N.C. State: All-America cornerback David Amerson had a rough game in the loss to Tennessee, and Mike Glennon tossed four picks as the Wolfpack started the season with a major disappointment.
6. Virginia: Michael Rocco threw for 311 yards and a touchdown as the Cavaliers defeated Richmond.
7. North Carolina: The Larry Fedora era began in a big way as Gio Bernard had three first-half touchdowns en route to the Tar Heels' biggest scoring day in 17 years.
8. Miami: Al Golden's squad shook off a rough start and received a big day from freshman running back Duke Johnson as the Hurricanes claimed a 41-32 road victory over Boston College.
9. Wake Forest: Jim Grobe's team suffered through an ugly win, having to come from behind to defeat Liberty 20-17.
10. Duke: David Cutcliffe's crew scored 30 points in the second quarter of its 46-26 rout of Florida International.
11. Boston College: Chase Rettig completed 32 of 51 passes for 441 yards and two touchdowns for BC, but the Eagles could not defeat Miami despite jumping out to a 14-0 lead.
12. Maryland: Randy Edsall's Terps claimed an ugly 7-6 win over William & Mary despite turning the ball over four times and missing a short field goal.
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