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ACC baseball power rankings 5/10

With only two weeks before the ACC Tournament, it is getting to be crunch time in conference play.

Jana Howser

The top of this week's ACC baseball power rankings look very similar to what we saw last week. In fact, the top five spots remain identical to last week. However, there has been a large amount of movement among the teams in the 6-14 spots. Only two of those nine teams are in the same place as they were a week ago and showing that we could be in for a very interesting final few weeks of the regular season.

1. Miami (36-9, 16-6 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Hurricanes retain the top spot once again thanks to a 3-1 week which saw them avenge their earlier loss to FAU with a 5-2 home win and taking two of three games on the road against Georgia Tech.

This week: UM hosts four games this week, first taking on in-state Bethune-Cookman on Tuesday before playing host to Pitt for the final weekend series of the regular season at Miami's Mark Light Field.

2. Louisville (38-10, 16-8 in ACC, no change from last week)

UL took care of Cincinnati on Tuesday, dispatching the Bearcats 7-1, and traveled to Chapel Hill to take two of three games from UNC last weekend.

This week: The Cardinals hit the road this week to take on Vanderbilt in Nashville on Tuesday before heading back home for a three-game set against NC State.

3. Florida State (32-13, 14-6 in ACC, no change from last week)

FSU had a midweek game with Stetson postponed due to bad weather but did sweep Bowling Green State, outscoring the Falcons 22-2 over the three games. Florida State stays where it was in the rankings due to how poor an opponent BGSU is (RPI>250).

This week: It's a busy week for the Seminoles as they play Jacksonville on the road on Tuesday, FGCU at home on Wednesday, and then hit the road to North Carolina for a three-game series with the Duke Blue Devils.

4. NC State (32-14, 13-9 in ACC, no change from last week)

North Carolina State proved unable to get consistent success on the road last weekend, losing two of three at Clemson in the only games played last week.

This week: The Wolfpack's national seed stock took a hit last week but they have a big chance to re-enter the conversation this weekend with a road trip to Louisville for a weekend series with the established Cardinals.

5. Virginia (31-17, 14-10 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Cavaliers won the sole game they played a week ago, a 7-3 victory over Liberty in Lynchburg, VA last Tuesday.

This week: UVA has a crucial three-game set at home against fellow mid-tier ACC opponent Georgia Tech this weekend.

6. Clemson (31-16, 13-14 in ACC, up two spots from last week)

Clemson is among this week's biggest risers up the rankings due to a 3-1 week which began with an extra-innings win over Furman and was capped off by a two-games-to-one series win over NC State at home.

This week: The Tigers have a packed slate this week. First, Clemson plays host to College of Charleston for a pair of midweek games and then the Tigers travel to Statesboro, GA for a weekend series with Georgia Southern.

7. Georgia Tech (31-15, 11-11 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

After an impressive sweep of Coastal Carolina two weeks ago, Georgia Tech seemed poised for another successful week, taking the series opener at home against Miami, but came up short in each of the next two games, losing 12-2 and 17-6 and missing a golden opportunity for an impressive series win.

This week: GT welcomes in-state foe Savannah State on Tuesday for a midweeker before trekking to Virginia for a weekend series with UVA.

8. Wake Forest (28-19, 11-13 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

The Demon Deacons started their week well with a victory over Boston College in the first of three games between the two teams. However, they fell to the Eagles in the ensuing two games and the hot streak that they had been riding may be over.

This week: WF spends a week on the road, first challenging High Point in their own stadium and then facing off with Virginia Tech for a three-game set in Blacksburg.

9. North Carolina (30-17, 10-14 in ACC, no change from last week)

UNC holds the same spot as last week after a 2-2 week which saw the Heels shutout VCU in a midweek matchup at home before winning just one of their three weekend games with Louisville.

This week: The Tarheels will keep themselves occupied this week, first going up against East Carolina (home) and UNC-Wilmington (road) during the week before a three-game set at home against Notre Dame, who enters Chapel Hill in the middle of a slump.

10. Boston College (27-18, 11-14 in ACC, up one spot from last week)

Boston College jumps one spot in the rankings due to a 4-1 week which saw the Eagles earn road midweek victories over Rhode Island and Northeastern as well as a series victory at home over Wake Forest.

This week: BC has only two games this week in the form of a two-game series against visiting Niagara this Saturday and Sunday.

11. Notre Dame (26-20, 10-12 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

ND's rough skid continued last week as the Irish lost their first two games of the weekend series with Pitt, salvaging a win on Sunday to prevent the sweep. Still, they have eight of their last eleven games dating back to the sweep by Florida State and their postseason chances are in rough shape.

This week: Notre Dame looks to boost its resume and get a few impressive wins this week with a pair of midweek games at home against LSU ahead of a three-game set at UNC.

12. Pittsburgh (24-19, 10-13 in ACC, up one spot from last week)

Pitt went 3-2 in the five games it played last week, beginning the week with a midweek split against UMBC and finishing by taking two of three from struggling Notre Dame.

This week: It's another five-game week for the Panthers this week as they host Youngstown State and Penn State in midweek matchups and then take a lengthy trip down to Miami for the three-game series with the ACC-leading Hurricanes.

13. Duke (27-20, 10-14 in ACC, down one spot from last week)

It was a relatively idle week for the Blue Devils, who won a pair of weekend games over Gardner Webb in their late-season non-ACC matchup. Still, only playing two games last week hurt their standing in the rankings.

This week: Duke returns to ACC play this week, playing host to Florida State for a weekend series after a pair of scheduled midweek games against Longwood and Norfolk State.

14. Virginia Tech (18-31, 5-19 in ACC, no change from last week)

The Hokies went 3-1 last week, one of their better weeks all season, ending the productive week with a three-game sweep of visiting Alcorn State. Still, they did suffer a Tuesday loss at West Virginia and have created a steady distance between themselves and the rest of the conference.

This week: No midweek games this week for VT but the Hokies do stay at home this weekend, going up against Wake Forest in a three-game set.