Week 3 ACC football power poll | Cavalier Insider


1. Clemson 2-0/0-0 (1): Despite a little controversy at the end (it looked like a fumble out of bounds, not out of the end zone, to me), Clemson survived, 28-26, against Texas A&M. Kelly Bryant (12-17, 205 yards, TD) was efficient, but his 54 rushing yards also led a backfield that struggled to produce on the ground. Next: vs. Georgia Southern, 3:30 p.m., Saturday

2. Virginia Tech 2-0/1-0 (2): As expected, Virginia Tech had little trouble with in-state foe William & Mary. Josh Jackson (12-16, 217 yards, TD) was one of six different Hokies to score a rushing touchdown. The defense limited the Tribe to 34 rushing yards in a 62-17 rout. Next: vs. East Carolina, canceled

3. Miami 1-1/0-0 (3): The Hurricanes started slow against Savannah State but eventually got rolling in a 77-0 victory. Malik Rosier (8-12, 131, 2 TD) was one of four quarterbacks to see snaps. Running back Lorenzo Lingard needed just four carries to rack up 82 yards and two touchdowns, and two of freshman tight end Brevin Jordan’s seven catches went for touchdowns. Next: at Toledo, noon, Saturday

4. N.C. State 2-0/0-0 (4): The Wolfpack had to overcome a sluggish start against Georgia State, but quarterback Ryan Finley went 31-38 for 370 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 41-7 victory. N.C. State still struggled to run the ball, though, finishing with just 115 yards. Next: vs. West Virginia, canceled

5. Boston College 2-0/0-0 (5): AJ Dillon, last season’s top rusher in the ACC, needed just six carries to put up 149 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Matt McDonald went 5-6 for 107 yards and two touchdowns in a 62-14 win over Holy Cross. The secondary limited Holy Cross to a total of 13 catches for 66 yards. Next: at Wake Forest, 5:30 p.m., Thursday

6. Duke 2-0/0-0 (7): Quarterback Daniel Jones threw three touchdown passes and the defense limited Northwestern’s offense to seven points after it opened the season in a shootout against Purdue. Northwestern sophomore Jeremy Larkin put up 176 total yards (121 rushing) but the Blue Devils’ defense took advantage of two interceptions and four sacks. Jones fractured his clavicle in the game and is out indefinitely. Next: at Baylor, 3:30 p.m., Saturday

7. Louisville 1-1/0-0 (6): Slow starts were the theme of the week. Louisville went into halftime tied, 7-7, with Indiana State before pulling away for a 31-7 victory. Quarterback Jawon Pass (8-14, 89 yards, INT) struggled, but three running backs finished with at least 50 yards. The defense held Indiana State to 211 total yards but surrendered 102 rushing yards to running back Ja’Quan Keys. Next: vs. Western Kentucky, 7:30 p.m., Saturday

8. Florida State 1-1/0-1 (8): Quarterback Deondre Francois threw three touchdowns, running back Cam Akers averaged more than five yards a carry and the defense intercepted four passes, but the panic level in Tallahassee, Florida, is still high after a 10-point (36-26) win over Samford. The FSU defense gave up 475 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Next: at Syracuse, noon, Saturday

9. Virginia 1-1/0-0 (9): The Cavaliers’ offense struggled in its road opener at Indiana and the defense gave up 204 rushing yards to 236-pound freshman Stevie Scott, but UVa was within a last-second heave of improving to 2-0. Quarterback Bryce Perkins put up more than 100 rushing yards for the second week in a row. Next: vs. Ohio, 4:30 p.m., Saturday at Vanderbilt University

10. Syracuse 2-0/0-0 (12): Quarterback Eric Dungey (23-32, 218 yards) threw touchdown passes to five different players and the defense limited Wagner to 41 rushing yards and forced three interceptions in a 62-10 victory. Next: vs. Florida State, noon, Saturday

11. Pittsburgh 1-1/0-0 (10): Quarterback Kenny Picket (9-18, 55 yards, INT) struggled as the Panthers got steamrolled, 51-6, by Penn State. Pitt running back Qadree Ollison finished with 119 yards and a touchdown, and the Panthers outrushed the Nittany Lions, 245-211, but they lost a pair of crucial fumbles. Next: vs. Georgia Tech, 12:30 p.m., Saturday

12. Georgia Tech 1-1/0-0 (11): Quarterback TaQuon Marshall put up more than 100 rushing yards for the second week in a row, but he also threw two interceptions and South Florida outscored Georgia Tech, 21-7, in the fourth quarter of a 49-38 victory. Marshall joined Tobias Oliver and Jordan Mason with more than 90 rushing yards. Losing RB KirVonte Benson for the rest of the season with a knee injury is a big blow. Next: at Pittsburgh, 12:30 p.m., Saturday

13. Wake Forest 2-0/0-0 (13): True freshman quarterback Sam Hartman went 17-27 for 242 yards and two touchdowns and freshman wide receiver Sage Surratt added four catches for 63 yards in a 51-20 rout of Towson. The Deacons’ defense did surrender 345 yards and three touchdowns through the air to Towson quarterback Tom Flacco, the younger brother of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Next: vs. Boston College, 5:30 p.m., Thursday

14. North Carolina 0-2/0-0 (14): A week after playing a fairly competitive game against California, North Carolina lost, 41-19, to a bad East Carolina team. Quarterback Nathan Elliott (22-38, 219 yards) was more efficient than in the opener, but he couldn’t get the Tar Heels in the end zone. The UNC defense surrendered 510 yards. Next: vs. UCF, cancelled



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