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ACC baseball power rankings: 4/5

With the halfway point of the season nearing, which teams have emerged as legitimate contenders in the ACC?

Jay Chantlos

Four weeks into the ACC baseball slate, the picture of which teams will be competing for an ACC crown at the end of the season grows clearer each day. To help distinguish the competitors, Tomahawk Nation will be providing a weekly power ranking of the entire conference, top to bottom.

1. Miami (23-4, 10-2 in ACC, no change from last week's rankings)

The Hurricanes had a midweek game against Florida Atlantic cancelled last week but showed no rust over the weekend, sweeping all three games at home against North Carolina, who entered the weekend 20-4 on the year. The Hurricanes have labeled themselves as a team to beat going forward and seem poised to hang near the top of these power rankings for the foreseeable future.

This week: UM spends the entire week on the road, traveling to Fort Myers for a midweeker against FGCU before heading to South Bend to take on Notre Dame for a weekend series.

2. Louisville (23-5, 9-3 in ACC, up one spot from last week)

The Cardinals leaped into the No. 2 spot in the latest power rankings off of a 4-0 week that saw them earn a win over Western Kentucky and a home sweep of the lowly Virginia Tech Hokies. The talent is there for UL and if things can click right, they will definitely be contender not just in the ACC but also nationally.

This week: Louisville travels for four games this week, beginning with a single midweek game on the road at rival Kentucky and then making the trip down to Tallahassee for a weekend series against Florida State in a battle of two of the top teams in the conference.

3. Florida State (19-6, 7-1 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

The Seminoles were on the wrong end of some weather luck once again last weekend, winning the only game that they were able to play at Boston College after falling to the Florida Gators once again in Jacksonville. FSU only being able to play two games this week is the main reason for moving UL up in the rankings.

This week: Florida State plays a pair of recently-added midweek games against Texas Tech at home before welcoming in Louisville this weekend for a three-game set between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the ACC Atlantic standings.

4. Clemson (21-7, 7-5 in ACC, up two spots from last week)

A 4-1 week for the Tigers helps them make one of the biggest jumps of any team in this week's power rankings, Clemson defeated Furman and Western Carolina on the road during the week before taking two of three games at home against Pittsburgh.

This week: Clemson spends the entire week on the road this week, playing one game at UGA on Tuesday before traveling to North Carolina to take on Duke in a three-game series.

5. North Carolina (20-7, 6-6 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

Although UNC's 1-3 record over the past week looks bad, all three losses came on the road against white-hot Miami. The Tarheels salvaged something last week by defeating Davidson at home in a midweek matchup.

This week: North Carolina begins a five-game week on Tuesday when it welcomes High Point for a midweek game. The Heels also play host to UNC Asheville on Wednesday and Virginia Tech for a weekend series.

6.  NC State (19-9, 5-5 in ACC, up two spots from last week)

NC State bounced back from losing the only game it played at FSU two weeks ago to hold a 3-1 record in last week's games. The Wolfpack won a neutral-site game against Charlotte and followed that up with a series win on the road against Virginia.

This week: Four games at home this week as NC State welcomes Charlotte to Raleigh this week before extending the same welcome to Wake Forest for a weekend series.

7. Georgia Tech (20-7, 6-6 in ACC, down two spots from last week)

GT took a big step back from its series win on the road against UNC two weeks with a 2-2 week that saw the Jackets defeat Georgia Southern at home before losing two games of a home weekend series against struggling Duke.

This week: It's a busy week for the Yellow Jackets who travel to take on Mercer on Tuesday, come back to Atlanta Wednesday for a single game against Kennesaw State, and then make the trek to Pittsburgh to take on Pitt in a three-game set.

8. Notre Dame (15-11, 6-6 in ACC, up one spot from last week)

The Irish had a very successful week, winning a home midweek game over highly-touted Oregon and taking two of three from Wake Forest to complete a 3-1 week.

This week: ND plays host for five games this week. First, a Tuesday grudge match agains Michigan followed by a Wednesday matchup with visiting Valporaiso. Finally, Notre Dame welcomes the Hurricanes of Miami for a three-game series this weekend.

9. Virginia (18-11, 6-6 in ACC, down two spots from last week)

The defending national champions suffered another setback last week, losing three of the four games they played including a home midweek loss to Old Dominion and falling twice in three home games against NC State.

This week: It's a full slate for the Cavaliers this week. They travel to Richmond to play VCU, take on George Washington at home, and ends the week with a three-game series on the road at Boston College.

10. Wake Forest (18-11, 5-7 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Demon Deacons held stable with a 2-2 record last week beginning with a midweek win over Elon before being capped off by a 2-1 series loss on the road at Notre Dame.

This week: Four road games upcoming for Wake this week as the Deacs first trek to Davidson for a midweek game before staying in-state to take on NC State on the road in a three-game set.

11. Pittsburgh (13-11, 5-7 in ACC, no change from last week)

Pitt kicked off the week well with a midweek win over Kent State at home before coming up short in a two games to one weekend series loss on the road to Clemson.

This week: The Panthers travel to take on in-state rival Penn State in their stadium on Tuesday before playing host to Georgia Tech for a series this weekend.

12. Duke (14-4, 4-8 in ACC, up one spot from last week)

A 3-1 week for the Blue Devils, spurned by a midweek win over Liberty and a series win on the road at Georgia Tech, sees them move a smidge ahead of Boston College and a step closer to emerging from the cellar.

This week: Duke looks to build off last week's momentum with a four-game week that will see them bring in UNC Greensboro for a single midweeker and Clemson for a three-game series.

13. Boston College (14-10, 3-7 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

After two would-be home games against Florida State were cancelled last weekend due to inclement weather, the Eagles were left with an undesirable 1-2 record for the week which was marked by losses to Connecticut and FSU, with the sole win coming against Massachusetts.

This week: BC has already had Tuesday's home game against Holy Cross postponed, leaving a Wednesday matchup against UMass in Amherst before welcoming in Virginia for a weekend series.

14. Virginia Tech (10-19, 1-11 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Hokies' massive struggles carried over into last week as their 0-4 record puts VT's losing streak at 14 games, dating all the way back to March 12th. Last week, the losses came in the form of a midweek loss at VMI and a road sweep at the hands of the Louisville Cardinals.

This week: As they try to put an end to their losing streak, the Hokies play host to William and Mary on Tuesday and travel to Chapel Hill for a three-game set against UNC this weekend.