Florida State maintained its spot at No. 8 in my colleague Mark Schlabach's latest Top 25 for 2012, followed by No. 22 Virginia Tech and No. 23 Clemson.
He and I have Virginia Tech and Clemson flip-flopped today, as I had the Tigers No. 2 in the Power Rankings, followed by No. 3 Virginia Tech. Flip a coin. You might have the best team in the ACC if you combined Virginia Tech's defense with Clemson's offense. The Tigers no doubt have questions to answer on both lines, and that's a legitimate concern. They also have a new defensive coordinator to adjust to in Brent Venables. What they do have, though, is a returning 1,000-yard rusher (Andre Ellington), a 1,000-yard receiver (Sammy Watkins), and a 3,000-yard passer (Tajh Boyd). That would make for an interesting matchup against the Hokies' defense ... oh wait, never mind.
Look, I know we're talking about 2012, but it's hard to forget that Clemson beat the Hokies twice last year, including in the ACC title game. Until proven otherwise, or as more information comes available this offseason,the Tigers have earned their spot ahead of Virginia Tech.