ACC power rankings: Week 8

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

An upset in Atlanta shook up this week’s standings, but one thing remained constant: Duke is no longer last in this conference ...

1. Miami (5-1, 2-1 ACC; LW: 2) -- With Virginia Tech at No. 14 in the first BCS standings, Miami could have the edge to represent the Coastal Division in the ACC championship game should a tiebreaker scenario occur. The Canes are the ACC's lone representative in the top 10, avoided a letdown the past two weeks, and became an even deeper team by winning with their backups.

2. Georgia Tech (6-1, 4-1; LW: 3) -- The Jackets put it all together when it counted most and knocked the No. 4-ranked Hokies off their perch and out of contention for the national title. They still trail Virginia, though, in the Coastal Division standings, but could change that this weekend in Charlottesville.

3. Virginia Tech (5-2, 3-1; LW: 1) -- At this point, considering how evenly the top three teams have played each other, the biggest thing separating the Hokies from the rest of the pack now is two losses. The Hokies are off this weekend but are now under pressure to win out. The good news for VT is that its toughest opponents are behind them, but the season finale against rival Virginia might actually mean something this year.

4. Boston College (5-2, 3-2; LW: 5) -- The Eagles are still a young, unpredictable team, but at least they know it and work each week within the framework of what they’ve got. BC left no doubt who was the better team in a 52-20 rout of NC State, asserting itself as one of the top teams in the Atlantic Division. Again.

5. Virginia (3-3, 2-0; LW: 6) -- Congrats to the Cavs, they’re the lone undefeated team remaining in conference play. Crazy, isn’t it? Considering this team was 0-3 to start the season? But hey, this is what Al Groh does -- treat the nonconference like the NFL exhibition games and have the team ready to roll in time to make a conference comeback. Georgia Tech, though, will present a much bigger challenge this Saturday.

6. Clemson (3-3, 2-2; LW: 7) -- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney deserves credit for getting his team back on track after a bye week full of scrutiny and sending a message with a convincing 38-3 win over Wake Forest -- those within the program will determine their fate, not those outside it.

7. Wake Forest (4-3, 2-2; LW: 4) -- That had to have been one of the worst performances by the Deacs under coach Jim Grobe. Quarterback Riley Skinner was held to under 100 yards and threw two interceptions, they couldn’t get anything going on the ground and struggled to convert on third downs. Clemson’s defense deserves credit for a lot of that, but not all of it.

8. North Carolina (4-2, 0-2; LW: No. 9) -- Heading into the season, this week’s Thursday night game -- the first ever in Chapel Hill -- looked like it could mean something. Now all it means is either FSU or UNC will pick up its first conference win of the season. We’ll see which team got more use out of its bye week.

9. Duke (3-3, 1-1; LW: No. 9) -- Since this summer, the one conference game I’ve felt comfortable saying the Blue Devils could win would be the one coming up on Saturday against Maryland. Duke has had a bye week to prepare, but it also halted its momentum from a big win over NC State. Maryland is coming off another tough loss to Virginia. It could add up to another conference win for Duke.

10. Maryland (2-5, 1-2; LW: No. 11) - How do the Terps lose and move up? NC State lost and has to move down after a 0-3 start in conference play. At least the Terps pulled off a win over Clemson. Offensively, though, they continued to turn the ball over on Saturday.

11. Florida State (2-4, 0-3; LW: No. 12 -- How do the Noles move up without even playing? Again, NC State moved down. At least Florida State put up a fight when it was at BC, unlike the Pack, who looked like a fifth grader getting pummeled by the eighth-grade bully.

12. NC State (3-4, 0-3; LW: No. 10) -- Huge disappointment in Raleigh. Huge. Montel Harris went through this defense like a sieve, and the Pack turned it over three times to BC. NC State isn't looking much better in Tom O'Brien's third season, but hey, they've still got that win over Pitt.