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In the first round of recruiting commitments, Florida jumps out to the #1 class in the nation, signing six 5.0 potential players.

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    [2022] ACC Power Rankings: Week 2

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    1. :duke: Duke Blue Devils (2-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: W 41-0 vs. :nmsu: New Mexico State

    Cause for Celebration: Just about everything went right for the Blue Devils in a routine victory over bottom-feeder New Mexico State. The ground game was explosive, receivers asserted their dominance, the defense harassed Matthew Erwin all day, and the Aggies were kept off the scoreboard. None of this should come as a surprise for even the most casual of ACC football fans, but the Blue Devils doing what was expected of them is always a good sign. It means they're not fraudulent, in case anyone thought that.

    Cause for Concern: Try pulling negatives out of this game. The only two areas of minor concern that I can pull from this game are Duke's kick coverage team and Duke's offense on third down. 83 kick return yards isn't a hefty number but better teams could use that field position to damage the Blue Devils. Duke only gave up 44 yards on kickoffs against Old Dominion, so this might be a blip in the radar, or it could just be a one-off. 40% on third down isn't too great either, especially against this Aggies' defense. They'll likely need to improve in both of these fields, especially with a raw but inconsistent Miami team coming to Durham in two weeks.
    Up Next: BYE

     

    2. :clemson: Clemson Tigers (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: W 52-13 vs. :houston: Houston
    Cause for Celebration: Well that's one way to show the world you're reaI. A thorough spanking of Houston saw senior JuCo quarterback Akiem Williams III rush for 136 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with his 235 passing yards. The Clemson offense looked absolutely dominant against the Cougars, racking up 500 yards and 52 points, mostly on the ground between AW3 and Josiah Brock (139 yards). A team that in previous years has hung on the coattails of a dominant defense now has an offense that might be unmatched in the conference. Speaking of defense, three sacks and a pair of picks just continue to show that Clemson's defense remains a near-immovable object over the years, with last season's debacle looking far behind them.
    Cause for Concern: Similar to Duke, the Clemson kick coverage team didn't look too assured against the Cougars. 75 kick return yards might not seem like much, but Houston's offense did manage to use that field position to get points, even if that offense was stifled for most of the day. Clemson's offensive line also looks a little shaky, though Brock and AW3 were more than capable of dealing damage despite their flaws. A tough SMU team, the fellow suitor of AW3, should be able to expose these weaknesses more than their AAC rivals did on Saturday.
    Up Next: vs. :smu: SMU

     

    3. :uva: Virginia Cavaliers (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: BYE
    Cause for Celebration: The Cavaliers travel to Champaign to play a tough Illinois team, but this same Illinois team looked less than stellar against measly FIU a week ago. The Illini rush defense wasn't assuring in the slightest, and this bodes well for Isaiah Clinton after his massive debut against UL-Lafayette. Illinois isn't as strong defensively anymore, and their offense is a lot more pass-reliant than a year ago. I'm sure the Cavalier secondary wouldn't mind a few passes their way.

    Cause for Concern: Illinois still provides the first real test for Virginia this season. They look absolutely dominant against UL-Lafayette, but how will they fare against a well-built Illinois team that's known for being a defensive powerhouse? Mike Lucas needs to put in a confident performance to erase any doubts over the sophomore's consistency, which was a big point of concern for him last season. If the offense falters here, who knows where else it might falter in conference.

    Up Next: at :illinois: Illinois

     

    4. :bc: Boston College Eagles (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: BYE

    Cause for Celebration: UConn just got smacked by Buffalo two weeks ago. The Huskie run defense was shambolic against Denzel Porter, whereas Eagles' running back Jordan Godwin tore through UMass like a hot knife through butter. If that isn't reason enough to start licking your chops, then I don't know what is anymore. This should be a routine beatdown by the newly-ranked Eagles, even if the game is in Storrs.
    Cause for Concern: Rob Anderson to Gavin Faulk looked to be an insane connection against the Bulls, with Faulk putting up 195 yards on 14 receptions two weeks ago. William Gary is a far bigger challenge and should be able to keep Faulk under wraps, but it's definitely a matchup to keep eyes on throughout the game. Also look for the the Eagles' offensive line to improve from an average performance against UMass, though a lack of such improvement will only foreshadow to a few rough performances they might have against a certain orange-colored team in their division. 
    Up Next: at :uconn: Connecticut

     

    5. :louisville: Louisville Cardinals (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +1)

    Last Result: BYE
    Cause for Celebration: The Cardinals look primed to start 2-0 once again with a meeting with Kent State on the horizon. Two weeks after Erik Gray bowled over Cincy and Lloyd Samuels ran through the Golden Flashes, look for Gray to replicate his performance and then some against a flimsy Kent State defense. Louisville's sack-happy defense gets a shot at an offensive line that gave up three sacks against Oregon State. Everything points to a Louisville win; it's just a matter of how convincing of a win.

    Cause for Concern: The offensive line, like many others in the conference, needs to perform better. It'll look better against Kent State presumably, but the Cardinals need better performances out of their offensive line. It's far from the best unit in the conference, but it needs to be among the most consistent given some of the heavy hitters that await later on in the season.

    Up Next: vs. :kent: Kent State

     

    6. :vt: Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +1)

    Last Result: W 34-17 vs. :tulane: Tulane

    Cause for Celebration: Beckett Morrison and Julius Whitaker haven't missed a beat. Outside of a slip of the ball from Whitaker, the two looked comfortable both in the air and on the ground, with the former helping his receivers adapt rather nicely. Trevor McKinney shut down Mordechai Caron after his stellar game against Troy, and the defense was able to harass Oscar Waters for the better part of the evening. A strong fourth quarter helped put the result to bed, showing that the Hokies have the mettle to close out tight affairs.

    Cause for Concern: The fact that the Hokies needed a strong fourth quarter to close this out should be concerning, especially after the game was tied at the half and only a 4-point game at the end of the third. Tulane's offense was anything but special, and they weren't the benefit of any turnovers, although they were inches from recovering the Whitaker fumble. Tech struggled to assert their dominance until the end, and their receivers missed an opportunity to really make a statement, even if they didn't have poor performances necessarily. They'll be put to the test in Coral Gables this weekend, and a performance like this against a Miami team on their game could put a quick and painful end to the Hokies' title chances.

    Up Next: at :miami: Miami (FL)

     

    7. :fsu: Florida State Seminoles (2-0, 0-0 ACC, +1)

    Last Result: W 41-16 vs. :charlotte: Charlotte

    Cause for Celebration: That was a lot better from the Seminole offense. Noah Wooten got back to his hard-hitting best with a 126-yard performance, being joined by Brett England and his pair of scores on the ground. The ground game thrived against the 49ers as expected, but the passing game was better than it has been in recent games as well. The defense took to the Niners with three sacks and a pair of turnovers, and Chris Billings was, for the most part, contained. A very dominant win for Florida State.

    Cause for Concern: The Seminoles gave up three sacks against Arkansas and another sack against Charlotte. This offensive line has the potential to be really good, but they're going to have to play a ton better against Georgia State than they have so far. The Panthers don't quite have the hitters that Arkansas or even Charlotte had though, but keeping England protected in what should be a free win is very important.

    Up Next: at :gsu: Georgia State

     

    8. :pitt: Pittsburgh Panthers (1-1, 0-0 ACC, +2)

    Last Result: W 30-10 vs. :cincy: Cincinnati

    Cause for Celebration: A much better performance from Brayden Pepper was needed, and he delivered fantastically with a 111-yard performance. Pepper will grow into his role sure enough, but performances like this must be reassuring. Defensively, the Panthers shut down Noel Ransom and Cincy's offense, holding the Bearcats to under 200 yards and not giving them any breathing room whatsoever. This defensive performance was worlds better than the one that saw them drop to Penn State, and they'll need a similar performance to stifle Virginia Tech in two weeks.

    Cause for Concern: Messiah Winston looked horribly off his game today, completing just over 50% of his passes for 190 yards. He was better at taking care of the ball, but he had many a stray passes throughout the day. The offensive line didn't do Winston any favors, although the quarterback was lucky not to be sacked. Kareem Jackson had a down game, but that's to be expected from a freshman receiver at any level. There's a lot of positives to take from this, but there's still quite a few negatives that could plague Pittsburgh going into conference play.

    Up Next: BYE

     

    9. :gt: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: BYE

    Cause for Celebration: The Yellow Jackets play Western Michigan next, and the Broncos just had the hammer dropped on them by Michigan State. The most notable thing to pull from that game is that the Broncos were abysmal against the pass, giving up 397 yards and 4 touchdowns to Isaac Tyson and, more specifically, 185 yards and a pair of scores to receiver Ajani Jennings. Enter Josh Beckett, among the purest pocket passes in the country, infamous for his 400-yard+ performances. A front seven that put up five sacks against Ball State should have their way with the Broncos' offensive line.

    Cause for Concern: What happened against Ball State? Damani Laws was effective against the Yellow Jackets, and the Jackets looked very vulnerable on the offensive line yet again. The passing game looked out of sorts, with Beckett looking more inaccurate as the game went on. Anthony Swanson appeared to be the only target worth a glance from Swanson as Alexander Bundy and Jonah Driver had a case of the dropsies and Gabriel Sewell was seldom visible to the naked eye. A lot went wrong against the Cardinals, and if those same mistakes come back again, a better team in WMU could punish the Yellow Jackets dearly.

    Up Next: vs. :wmu: Western Michigan

     

    10. :miami: Miami (FL) Hurricanes (0-1, 0-0 ACC, -5)

    Last Result: L 13-28 at :zips: Akron

    Cause for Celebration: How do you pull positives from this? Ronnie Peterson looked alright, putting up 86 yards on 18 carries while also scoring from the backfield as a receiver, showing that he's likely to be the reliable workhorse of the offense yet again. The two outside linebackers of Matthew Winn and Patrick Malone troubled the Akron backfield, even taking down Donahue for a combined sack. This is where the positives end though.

    Cause for Concern: Why are you running the wildcat? Ronnie Peterson took three passes as a quarterback, and two of them were intercepted. The offensive line showed its youth in giving up a pair of sacks, one of which led to a turnover via a Jason Ledford fumble. Joaquin Bond is not meant to run the ball, and that showed as he lost five yards rushing on three carries. The usual playmakers on defense went missing. The pass defense looked nonexistent at times as Donahue had a relatively comfortable performance. So much went wrong for the Hurricanes, and while we expected inconsistency from this very youthful team, the leaders went invisible when they were needed, and Miami never even had a chance against a team that just got blown out by Middle Tennessee. They're going to have to be a completely different team if they're going to make a run at the division title, and that starts next week against the Hokies.

    Up Next: vs. :vt: Virginia Tech

     

    11. :ncsu: North Carolina State Wolfpack (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: BYE

    Cause for Celebration: The Wolfpack took care of East Carolina last season in Greenville, and this time they'll be welcoming the Pirates to Raleigh for the next round of a renewed rivalry. The Pirates' defense was torn apart by E.J. McGuire and Northwestern, looking particularly week against the pass. The Wolfpack are a lot more comfortable throwing the ball now than in recent seasons as Jacob Eubanks has shown to be a confident passer. If the game ends up being a shootout as expected, then Eubanks is going to have to be at the top of his game, as is Felix Browning and the receiving corp.

    Cause for Concern: Kyler Wilson looked like a beast against Northwestern. The Wolfpack have never been dominant against the pass, an Kyler Wilson looks to have a very very good arm, even if his receiving corp isn't anything special. Amir Turner Jr. appears to be a steady force on the ground, meaning the Wolfpack are likely going to have to make ECU a one-dimensional offense. The offensive line has to be wary of East Carolina's pass rush, one that got to McGuire three times a week ago. 

    Up Next: vs. :ecu: East Carolina

     

    12. :wake: Wake Forest Demon Deacons (2-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: W 30-27 vs. :miao: Miami (OH)

    Cause for Celebration: This was a much-needed win for the Demon Deacons, who showed that they can pull out the tough victories against teams that should be better than them. Zion Hayward looked so much better against the Redhawks with a 132-yard showing. The defense reaped the benefits of an injury to Miami's starting running back in Ajani Garrett, so the ground game quickly became no cause for concern, though it wasn't much of a concern early on anyways. James Betts didn't have his best showing, but a rather accurate performance was just enough to pull Wake through.

    Cause for Concern: Zack Cera had his way with the secondary bar one awry pass that was picked off by Devon Newton. Wake's secondary wasn't strong as expected, but it put up little fight against Miami's deadly passing game. Deshaun Pickens was nowhere to be seen throughout the evening; performances like this will come back to bite the Demon Deacons for sure down the road. The punting game was oddly poor today, and Wake looked dreadful on third down. But at the end, of the day, a win is a win for a team that isn't expected to grab many more after the Charlotte game.

    Up Next: at :charlotte: Charlotte

     

    13. :cuse: Syracuse Orange (0-1, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: L 24-26 at :purdue: Purdue

    Cause for Celebration: I would imagine that a two-point loss to the defending national champs on the road is cause for celebration on its own, as Syracuse was expected to lay down and take a beating to the Boilermakers. The Orange actually had a lead going into the fourth quarter but were duped by a trio of field goals. They sacked Kyle Jefferson twice and held the running game to just 75 yards. Gabe Ramsey found the endzone twice, even if he only managed 3.64 yards per carry. Nobody expected this to be close but Syracuse hung in with the best of them.

    Cause for Concern: Was this Syracuse being really good  or Purdue being really poor? A pair of drops plagued Purdue's passing game, and the Boilermaker offensive line looked a bit overmatched, not typical of a title-winning team. Syracuse's offensive line was pitiful on its own, giving up three sacks and not creating any holes for Ramsey, reflected by Ramsey's longest run being just nine yards. The passing game doesn't seem like it'll be too much of a factor this year, though that could just be a result of Purdue's secondary still being chock full of talent. We'll see the real 'Cuse against the Black Knights of Army, and we'll learn more about both the Orange and Purdue next week.

    Up Next: at :army: Army

     

    14. :unc: North Carolina Tar Heels (1-1, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: W 23-20 vs. :wyoming: Wyoming

    Cause for Celebration: A win is a win! The Tar Heels faced their best chance at getting a non-zero number in the win column against Wyoming, and though it was never pretty, the Tar Heels were able to get the job done. Every member of the three-man defensive line got a sack, with the Heels getting four in total against the Cowboys. Luka Beckman and Finn Harwood showed up in the passing game, putting together 164 yards and 2 scores between the two, giving Mitchell Denton two very reliable targets on the evening. 

    Cause for Concern: This isn't a very good Wyoming team, and the Heels had to go to the wire at home to clutch this one out. The offensive line gave up a pair of sacks and didn't give Kristian Noel any room to run. The run defense still looks flimsy, although Wyoming never really put that to the test on this particular occasion. Punter Ronald Perales continues to look without confidence, meaning the Heels' defense has to deal with a shorter field to defend. The Heels can celebrate now, but they'll quickly be brought down to Earth this week as they travel to Happy Valley to take on Penn State.

    Up Next: at :PSU: Penn State

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    3. :uva: Virginia Cavaliers (1-0, 0-0 ACC, +/-0)

    Last Result: BYE
    Cause for Celebration: The Cavaliers travel to Champaign to play a tough Illinois team, but this same Illinois team looked less than stellar against measly FIU a week ago. The Illini rush defense wasn't assuring in the slightest, and this bodes well for Isaiah Clinton after his massive debut against UL-Lafayette. Illinois isn't as strong defensively anymore, and their offense is a lot more pass-reliant than a year ago. I'm sure the Cavalier secondary wouldn't mind a few passes their way.

    Cause for Concern: Illinois still provides the first real test for Virginia this season. They look absolutely dominant against UL-Lafayette, but how will they fare against a well-built Illinois team that's known for being a defensive powerhouse? Mike Lucas needs to put in a confident performance to erase any doubts over the sophomore's consistency, which was a big point of concern for him last season. If the offense falters here, who knows where else it might falter in conference.

    Up Next: at :illinois: Illinois

     

     

     

    You know your stuff for sure and I look forward to reading these every week.    Lucas's consistency is a concern here, as we lost a few close games last year and they tended to coincide with turnovers.  If he plays well and mistake free, I think we should win.  If not....we will be in for a rough one.  

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