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ACC football power rankings: Week 5

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After four weeks, who reigns supreme in the Atlantic Coast Conference?

In one of the final weeks where multiple Atlantic Coast Conference teams had non-conference matchups, the ACC impressed, going 8-0 in these non-conference matchups in the fourth week of the season. That being said, how much, if any, impact did these non-ACC games have on this week’s power rankings? It’s time to find out.confere

1. Louisville (4-0, 2-0, no change from last week)

The sandwich game for the Cardinals between matchups with FSU and Clemson proved little challenge for UL. The Cards went on the road, leaving little doubt in the 59-28 win over Marshall. Quarterback Lamar Jackson accounted for seven touchdowns once again, proving more and more each week that he is no flash-in-the-pan Heisman contender.

Next up: Louisville has its second College GameDay matchup in three weeks, traveling to Clemson for a top-five matchup. If UL comes out on top, the Cardinals virtually lock up the ACC Atlantic, pending a collapse of epic proportions.

2. Clemson (4-0, 1-0, no change from last week)

Clemson showed that its impressive week three showing against South Carolina State was no fluke, going on the road and taking down Georgia Tech in a tricky Thursday night matchup. The defense, particularly the line, impressed but the offense showed that it is still not all the way back to its 2015 form.

Next up: In another matchup of the top two teams in the ACC power rankings, Clemson plays host to upstart playoff candidate Louisville, working to ensure the second step of what needs to happen to cause a three-way tie atop the Atlantic Division.

3. Florida State (3-1, 0-1, no change from last week)

FSU bounced back from its devastating loss to Louisville with an offensive explosion at USF, taking the victory 55-35. Star Seminole running back Dalvin Cook got back to his 2015 ways, going for a career-high 267 rushing yards, but head coach Jimbo Fisher made no secret of his issue with the defense’s complacency in the second half which allowed the Bulls to hang around.

Next up: FSU returns home for a challenging top-25 matchup with North Carolina as the Seminoles’ difficult stretch of their schedule carries on.

4. North Carolina (3-1, 1-0, up two spots from last week)

The Tarheels needed a late-game comeback to take down Pitt in Chapel Hill in a showdown of two of the top-tier Coastal Division teams. It was truly a coming out party for UNC QB Mitch Trubisky, who threw for 453 yards and five touchdowns in the 37-36 win.

Next up: It only gets tougher from here as North Carolina treks to Tallahassee for a difficult road test against a Florida State team desperate to remain relevant in the Atlantic Division race.

5. Miami (3-0, 0-0, down one spot from last week)

UM was one of the two first teams to have a bye week this season, taking advantage of the early off week to rest up for the upcoming stretch of the season which will go a long way towards determining exactly how good this Miami team is.

Next up: The Hurricanes get back to action with a noon kick on the road at Georgia Tech on Saturday.

T-6. Virginia Tech (3-1, 1-0, up two spots from last week)

The Hokies continued their statement season in Justin Fuente’s first year at the helm with a 54-17 thrashing of East Carolina. What Fuente has been able to do so far with a roster filled with only mild talent has been nothing short of impressive.

Next up: Virginia Tech is the sole ACC team

7. Wake Forest (4-0, 1-0, up two spots from last week)

The Demon Deacons improved to 4-0 for just the second time in the last 25 years with their road win against Indiana. The last time that happened? 2006 when they went to the ACC Championship Game.

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8. Pittsburgh (2-2, 0-1, down three spots from last week)

The Panthers squandered a two-touchdown fourth quarter lead on the road at North Carolina, falling 37-36 to the Tarheels and putting a sizable dent in their contention chances for the Coastal crown.

Next up: Pitt looks to bounce back in its final non-conference game of the season, playing host to Marshall.

9. Georgia Tech (3-1, 1-1, down two spots from last week)

GT’s first real test of the 2016 brought the Yellow Jackets plummeting back down to Earth. The Ramblin’ Wreck seemed completely overwhelmed at home against Clemson, managing just 124 yards of offense in the 26-7 loss.

Next up: Georgia Tech looks to rebound in another challenging home game, this time facing off with an undefeated Miami team.

10. NC State (2-1, 0-0, no change from last week)

The Wolfpack enjoyed a timely bye in week four while preparing for their final nine games on their schedule.

Next up: NCSU will be put to the test in week five, welcoming in a 4-0 Wake Forest team for its ACC opener, slated for a 3:30 kick.

11. Syracuse (2-2, 0-1, no change from last week)

In week four, Syracuse did what Virginia could not, traveling to UConn and coming away with a victory, defeating the Huskies 31-24.

Next up: The Orange has the interesting task of going up against a 1-3 Notre Dame team in a neutral-site matchup at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey. The Orange will likely be double-digit underdogs but so was Duke against ND last week.

12. Duke (2-2, 0-1, up one spot from last week)

The Blue Devils earned their move up the rankings this week with an impressive 38-35 victory at Notre Dame. That being said, the game may be more of an indictment of the Irish than it is a sign of positive things to come for Duke. Only time will tell.

Next up: Duke looks to build off its positive momentum with a chance to get back to even keel in ACC play when the Devils take on lowly Virginia at home.

13. Boston College (2-2, 0-2, down one spot from last week)

The Eagles rolled to a 42-10 win over FCS foe Wagner at home last week, getting back to .500 on the year. Still, BC has yet to defeat a team with any sort of relevance and as such, its spot in the rankings suffers.

Next up: Week five presents another non-conference matchup for Boston College, who plays host to Buffalo.

14. Virginia (1-3, 0-0, no change from last week)

Virginia survived a roller coaster of a game which saw the Cavaliers blow a 28-0 lead before notching their first victory of the 2016 season over Central Michigan in their final non-conference game of the season.

Next up: UVA looks to make it two in a row in its ACC opener which sees the Hoos travel to Durham to take on Duke.