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ACC Week 6 Power Rankings: Watch out for Virginia Tech

Clemson is secure at the top of the ACC Power Rankings, but there could be a new favorite from the Coastal to challenge the Tigers.

1. Clemson: The Tigers were not going to lose to the Eagles, but credit Clemson for not even letting Boston College hang around. The game was over by the end of the first quarter despite it coming on short rest after the emotional Louisville win.

2. Louisville: The Cardinals' playoff chances took a bit of a hit during the bye week as Houston fell from the ranks of the undefeated in an upset loss to Navy. Louisville needed to be the one to beat Houston.

3. Virginia Tech: Not enough people are talking about the job Justin Fuente is doing in his first season in Blacksburg. The Hokies are rolling, and they just dismantled the reigning Coastal Division champion Tar Heels.

4. North Carolina: Saturday's setback against Virginia Tech was a tough home loss for the Tar Heels, who did not respond well to the rain and wind. They need some help to get back to the ACC title game, but this is still a talented group.

5. Florida State: FSU vs. Miami always seems to deliver a classic, and after so many heartbreaking losses when the rivalry was heating up, the Seminoles are starting to exact revenge. No one plays harder than DeMarcus Walker, and he possibly righted Florida State's season with his PAT block to secure a 20-19 victory.

6. Miami: The Hurricanes let another one slip away to the Seminoles as they blew another late lead and then had the game-tying PAT attempt blocked. The Miami defense is for real, however, and overall this is a team still good enough to win the Coastal.

7. NC State: A marquee win for Dave Doeren finally came at NC State. It was a sloppy game due to the elements, but Doeren outcoached Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly from start to finish.

8. Pittsburgh: Outside of Tennessee, there might not be another team that has had more exciting finishes than the Panthers. The latest win -- 37-34 over Georgia Tech -- came after a fourth-and-1 stop with 1:47 left. Kicker Chris Blewitt then banged home the winning 31-yard field goal off the upright.

9. Wake Forest: Quietly sitting at 5-1, the Demon Deacons are on the verge of returning to a bowl game. Dave Clawson has done a fantastic job with this group, continuing to find ways to win despite relying on a backup quarterback.

10. Georgia Tech: At 3-3 after Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh, this could be another season without a bowl game for the Yellow Jackets, which could put Paul Johnson back on the hot seat.

11. Virginia: It’s going to take time to compete in the ACC, but Bronco Mendenhall has the Cavaliers believing in themselves after a couple of key wins. They could ruin someone’s season late.

12. Duke: The Blue Devils are excited about quarterback Daniel Jones, and the defensive front is coming along nicely after struggling in 2015. This is another group that could spoil a season before making a run in 2017.

13. Syracuse: It was actually the defense that outplayed the offense Saturday, as the Orange couldn’t score enough to keep pace with Wake Forest.

14. Boston College: Steve Addazio said during the week that the Eagles are a developmental program and are playing some younger guys they had hoped to let sit first. So it sounds like more tough times could be ahead for the Eagles, who have struggled on defense against the better teams.