In case you missed it: Louisville is really, really good. The No. 10 Cardinals' 43-point win over No. 2 Florida State on Saturday eliminated any doubt about that, so Louisville is the new No. 1 in our ACC Power Rankings. As for the rest of the ACC ...
1. Louisville: Lamar Jackson is the real deal, as Florida State found out early and often. Fortunately for fans of college football, the nation will get to see Jackson duel with Deshaun Watson and Greg Ward later this season.
2. Clemson: Speaking of Watson, his Tigers finally looked the part in a 59-0 win over South Carolina State. That offensive rhythm will be important as they get ready for consecutive games at Georgia Tech and against Louisville.
3. Miami: If it weren’t for Jackson’s theatrics, the Hurricanes might have been the talk of the ACC this weekend after making quick work of a hungry Appalachian State team in a hostile environment. The Hurricanes get a bye this week before beginning a brutal six-game stretch that starts with a trip to Georgia Tech and ends with a game against Pitt.
T4. Florida State: If you’re FSU, you look at the standings and remind yourself that Saturday’s blowout still only counts for one in the loss column. With the way next week’s opponent, South Florida, has been scoring lately, the Seminoles don’t have time to feel sorry for themselves.
6. Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets were dominant in their 38-7 win over Vanderbilt, doing what they do offensively but also locking the Commodores up defensively. Thursday’s tilt with Clemson could get interesting.
7. Pitt: The Panthers’ offense looked strong for the second straight week, but the defense has now given up 39 and 45 points in consecutive games after Saturday's 45-38 loss to Oklahoma State. Fortunately for Pitt, a trip to UNC offers an opportunity for an inside track in the Coastal race if the Panthers can pull out a win.
8. Virginia Tech: Saturday showed us what the Hokies’ offense can look like when it finally gets out of its own way. A 49-0 win over a Boston College team that had the nation’s best defense last season is impressive.
9. Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons matched last season’s win total (three) with Saturday's 38-21 victory over Delaware, but they need to get healthy. Quarterback Kendall Hinton left the win over Delaware with a knee sprain and running back Cade Carney sat out with a knee injury.
10. NC State: Ryan Finley has fit in nicely in Raleigh, as he has completed 76 percent of his throws after going 24 for 28 passing in a 49-22 rout of Old Dominion. The Wolfpack get a bye before hosting Wake.
11. Duke: The Blue Devils were plagued by defensive and special-teams miscues in losing another game by double digits, 24-13 to Northwestern. Things won’t get much easier next week as they face what should be a hungry Notre Dame team.
12. Boston College: Giving up 49 points? Getting shut out? This is not the way BC was supposed to respond from its first win in nearly a year, as Virginia Tech controlled Saturday's game from start to finish. BC gets four straight home games now -- its first four home games of the season.
13. Syracuse: The Orange tied an ACC record by running 105 plays, but they were run off the field 45-20 by South Florida after jumping to an early 17-0 lead. The secondary is depleted, and the defense will need to try to gain some confidence next week at UConn.
14. Virginia: Speaking of UConn ... things just haven’t come easy in Bronco Mendenhall’s first season, as Virginia let a chance at overtime slip away with a missed field goal attempt at the buzzer Saturday against the Huskies. Perhaps win No. 1 can come at home next week against Central Michigan -- although CMU has already knocked off one Power 5 opponent on the road this season.