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ACC baseball power rankings 4/26

For the first time this season, there's a new leader atop the power rankings.

Jana Howser

After sitting in the No. 1 spot for the first four weeks of the Tomahawk Nation ACC baseball power rankings, Miami has been unseated from the top after a truly chaotic week in the Atlantic Coast Conference by another team from the state of Florida. The madness extends to the very bottom of the rankings though as only one team, Virginia Tech in last place, remained in the same spot from a week ago. Let's take a closer look at the aftermath of the crazy week that was with this week's power rankings:

1. Florida State (28-11, 13-4 in ACC, up three spots from last week)

In a week full of chaos, the Seminoles were one of only three ACC teams with a perfect record, going 5-0 with a pair of wins against Stetson during the week before sweeping a weekend series with the visiting Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Seminoles' .765 conference winning percentage is the best among all ACC teams and justifies their top ranking this week.

This week: FSU has no midweek games this week on account of the players taking finals and then treks to Clemson for a weekend series against the slumping Tigers.

2. Miami (30-8. 14-5 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

UM had by far its worst week of the 2016 season last week, finishing 1-3 with a home midweek loss to Florida Atlantic before dropping two of three at home to Virginia. The Hurricanes hold onto the No. 2 spot because it was their first conference series loss of the year and although too much emphasis should not be placed on any single week, the drop in performance has to be a bit concerning.

This week: Miami's non-conference weekend series seems to be perfectly timed as this upcoming weekend, the Florida A&M Rattlers visit Mark Light Field for a three-game series against the 'Canes.

3. Louisville (31-9, 14-7 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

It was a step-back week for the Cardinals, who narrowly defeated rival Kentucky on Tuesday before dropping two of three games on the road against Boston College, managing only eight runs over the three games against BC. UL's road issues are a bit disconcerting as the Cards have won zero of their three road conference series.

This week: Louisville has a four-game slate this week, welcoming Florida International on Wednesday before playing three at home against St. John's in a non-conference series.

4. NC State (28-11, 10-6 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

NCSU drops a spot partially due to not playing any ACC opponents last week. The Wolfpack finish the week 2-1, ending the week with an impressive two-game sweep of North Carolina A&T, outscoring them 34-2. However, they were dragged down by a 15-3 blowout loss to East Carolina during the midweek, most recently getting their revenge against ECU, 6-1, in a rare Monday night midweeker last night.

This week: After Monday's win against ECU, NC State only has three games left this week in the form of a weekend series at home against Duke.

5. Virginia (26-17, 11-10 in ACC, up three spots from last week)

UVA's 2-2 week was far better than the record would show as the Hoos bounced back from a Wednesday loss to VCU to take two of three games on the road against Miami.

This week: The Cavaliers look to stay hot on the road this week, first facing off against Old Dominion in Norfolk in a midweek matchup before traveling to Pittsburgh for a three-game set.

6. Wake Forest (26-17, 10-11 in ACC, up four spots from last week)

The Demon Deacons make the largest leap of any team so far this season in a single week thanks to a 4-0 week which began with a midweek win at Appalachian State and was capped off by an impressive home sweep of the formally top-25 North Carolina Tarheels. This marks the second straight week in which WF has taken a weekend series over a top-25 team at home, vastly improving the possibility of Wake making the postseason.

This week: Wake Forest, assuredly the hottest team in the conference, has an untimely off weekend as the Deacs will go up against App State and Elon in the midweek but then face a bye week in ACC play this weekend.

7. Notre Dame (23-15, 9-10 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

The Fighting Irish  started the week well with a pair of midweek victories over Central Michigan and Michigan State before falling flat in their weekend series at Florida State, failing to take even a single game from the Seminoles.

This week: It's another packed slate for Notre Dame this week, first battling with Indiana on Tuesday and Eastern Michigan on Wednesday before taking their conference break with a weekend series at home against Ohio.

8. Georgia Tech (27-13, 10-10 in ACC, up one spot from last week)

GT gains a spot in this week's rankings thanks to a 3-1 week that saw the Jackets take two of three games on the road against Clemson after winning convincingly at Georgia State during the week.

This week: The Ramblin' Wreck looks to even the season series with their bitter rivals, the Georgia Bulldogs, in Athens on Tuesday ahead of playing host to Coastal Carolina for a three-game series this weekend.

9. North Carolina (26-15, 9-12 in ACC, down four spots from last week)

UNC began the week well with a 17-2 trouncing of William & Mary at home before finding itself on the wrong side of a sweep at the hands of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. The series loss means that North Carolina has lost four of their last five weekend series and the Tarheels' once-prestigious season is now in jeopardy.

This week: UNC has the weekend off for final exams but will go up against UNC-Wilmington and Campbell at home this Tuesday and Wednesday.

10. Clemson (26-14, 9-12 in ACC, down three spots from last week)

The Tigers got off to a hot start last week, shutting out the visiting Georgia Bulldogs 12-0 and taking the opening game of their weekend series at home against GT. However, the week ended poorly, losing the last two games to Georgia Tech and dropping their third straight ACC series, falling back to the middle of the pack after a strong start in ACC play.

This week: Clemson has no games during the week, giving the Tigers more time to prepare for their home weekend series with Florida State.

11. Boston College (21-15, 7-12 in ACC, up two spots from last week)

BC had one of the best weeks in the conference, taking a midweeker against Northeastern and following that up with a weekend series win over the visiting Louisville Cardinals, one of the most talented teams in the country.

This week: The Eagles look to build off their momentum but must overcome a packed week, first facing off against UMass-Lowell and Bryant in midweek games before hosting the Virginia Tech Hokies.

12. Duke (23-18, 9-12 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

It was a 3-1 week for the Blue Devils, who won their midweek matchup against Liberty and took two of three at Virginia Tech. BC passed Duke on account of the Louisville series win being significantly more impressive than a series win over VT.

This week: Duke first welcomes in North Carolina Central before entering a crucial series on the road against NC State as the Devils aim to remain in the ACC Tournament conversation.

13. Pittsburgh (21-14, 8-9 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

Pitt enjoyed its week without an ACC opponent last week, traveling to defeat Youngstown State 17-5 and sweeping its weekend series with Miami (Ohio). Despite the 4-0 mark, the weak level of the opponents faced puts a dent in the Panthers' standing in the rankings.

This week: No midweek games this week for Pittsburgh, who faces just three games this weekend at home against the Virginia Cavaliers.

14. Virginia Tech (13-28, 4-17 in ACC, no change from last week)

A 1-3 week seems like the status quo for this Virginia Tech team. The Hokies lost a game to Western Carolina on Tuesday and took just one of three from Duke in their home weekend series. VT, which has found itself in the bottom spot of each edition of power rankings, seems destined to spend the remainder of the season in the basement.

This week: Virginia Tech travels to Lynchburg to take on Liberty during the week before a three-game set on the road against Boston College.