Duke Football: Update on the entire ACC Football standings

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: The Clemson Tigers and Miami Hurricanes participate in the coin toss to start the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: The Clemson Tigers and Miami Hurricanes participate in the coin toss to start the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) /
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It has been a bit of a strange year in the ACC, but as Duke Football gets ready to get back on the field after the bye week, we check in on the rest of the league.

It has been a bit of a strange season in the ACC thus far and through six weeks of the season there are still many games left to be played and a lot to be figured out in the ACC.

While the Duke Blue Devils have only played one ACC game this season, there are many more conference games to come from them down the road, but there are many teams that have already asserted their dominance in the ACC in already a short period of time.

However, we will start in the Atlantic Division:

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1. Clemson Tigers – (6-0, 3-0)

Dabo Sweeney’s bunch looks to be sitting pretty at 6-0 and 3-0 in the ACC, but the Tigers have had their fair share of trouble this season as Trevor Lawrence was named the starting quarterback over Kelly Bryant who then decided to transfer from the program.

The Tigers best win of the season so far came in Week 2 on the road against Texas A&M 28-26, while they had a real nail biter in Week 5 at home against Syracuse 27-23.

Clemson looks poised to make a run at the College Football Playoff once against meaning they might roll to yet another ACC Championship, which isn’t that bold of a prediction.

After a bye week this week, Clemson will host North Carolina State on October 20.

2. North Carolina State Wolfpack – (5-0, 2-0)

The Wolfpack have been a bit of a surprise so far this season, but almost coughing up a big time lead at home over Boston College last week may have brought expectations back down to earth.

However, NC State may have caught a break when their Week 3 game against West Virginia was canceled due to Hurricane Florence. It’s likely the ‘Pack’ would have lost to the Mountaineers and their high powered offense.

Like Clemson, the Wolfpack are also on a bye this week which sets up a battle for first place in the Atlantic Division in Death Valley next Saturday.

3. Boston College Eagles – (4-2, 1-1)

The Eagles were out to a flying start this season as they cracked the AP Top 25 heading into Week 3 as they went on the road to face Purdue, but the Boilermakers topped BC, 30-13.

Boston College then responded by soundly beating Temple before falling to NC State the following week.

As the Eagles return home they will host Atlantic Division rival, the Louisville Cardinals.

4. Syracuse Orange – (4-2, 1-2)

The Orange flew out of the gates as they were off to a 4-0 start, with one blowout conference win over Florida State in the Carrier Dome.

Since that 4-0 start, Syracuse fell in a heart breaker on the road against Clemson and then once again fell on the road in Pittsburgh.

Syracuse will have this week to rest and regroup before hosting North Carolina in the Carrier Dome on October 20.

5. Florida State Seminoles – (3-3, 1-3)

Florida State? Yikes!

The high expectations that players and fans rolled into the season with were basically over after Week 1 as Virginia Tech rolled into Tallahassee and stomped on the Seminoles.

It seems nothing has gone right for Florida State this season after dropping two of the first three games, the Seminoles tried to bounce back after a big time road win against Louisville, but lost a 27-7 lead to rival Miami on the road.

Like many teams in the Atlantic Division, the Seminoles will have a bye this week before hosting Wake Forest the next week.

6. Wake Forest Deamon Deacons – (3-3, 0-2) 

Wake Forest has three wins over less than stellar teams in Tulane, Towson, and Rice.

The Deamon Deacons got pummeled by College Football Playoff hopefuls Notre Dame and Clemson while losing a heart breaker at home to Boston College.

Going forward for Wake, it looks like they have some winnable games left on the schedule but they will have to try and tighten some things up if they hope to be eligible for a bowl game once again this season.

Wake is on a bye this week before traveling to Florida State on October 20.

7. Louisville Cardinals – (2-4, 0-3) 

Let’s just be honest when talking about Louisville, it started bad and has continued to get worse as the season came on.

An absolute thrashing by the Crimson Tide in Week 1 followed by wins over Indiana State and a three point win over Western Kentucky followed by three straight losses to ACC foes Virginia, Florida State, and giving up 66 points to Georgia Tech.

It only gets more difficult from here for the Cardinals as three ranked teams remain on their schedule.

Louisville will travel to Massachusetts this week to take on Boston College.