Friday, January 14, 2011

Duke Football No Longer In ACC Cellar

…that honor has fallen to Wake Forest according to the college football gurus at Rivals.com and Yahoo! Sports.

Here is how the ACC ranks.

1. Auburn (14-0), 2. Oregon (12-1), 3. TCU (13-0), 4. Stanford (12-1), 5. Ohio State (12-1), 6. Boise State (12-1), 7. Oklahoma (12-2), 8. LSU (11-2), 9. Oklahoma State (11-2), 10. Alabama (10-3), 11. Wisconsin (11-2), 12. Arkansas (10-3), 13. Michigan State (11-2)

14. VIRGINIA TECH (11-3) BUZZ: After two losses to open the season, the Hokies played 11.5 games of really good football. Then came the second half of the Orange Bowl, when they were run over by a Stanford stampede. 15. MISSOURI (10-3

16. FLORIDA STATE (10-4) BUZZ: Coach Jimbo Fisher's first real season at the helm was a good one, as he guided the Seminoles to the ACC Atlantic Division title. Now, of course, all he has to do in 2011 is lead the 'Noles to a repeat.

17. Nevada (13-1), 18. Utah (10-3), 19. Texas A&M (9-4), 20. Mississippi State (9-4), 21. Nebraska (10-4)

22. N.C. STATE (9-4) BUZZ: The Wolfpack capped off a surprising season by carving up West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl. Now, if only QB Russell Wilson would stay for his senior season ?

23. South Carolina (9-5), 24. UCF (11-3), 25. San Diego State (9-4), 26. Air Force (9-4), 27. Iowa (8-5), 28. Notre Dame (8-5), 29. Northern Illinois (11-3

30. MARYLAND (9-4) BUZZ: The Terps were a pleasant surprise in the ACC and went to their seventh bowl in 10 seasons. Coach Ralph Friedgen's reward? A pink slip.

31. West Virginia (9-4), 32. USC (8-5), 33. Tulsa (10-3),

34. NORTH CAROLINA (8-5) BUZZ: UNC didn't have the great season that was expected. Still, given all the suspensions and the turmoil surrounding the program, winning eight games against a tough schedule is something of which the Tar Heels can be proud.

35. Florida (8-5), 36. UConn (8-5), 37. Pitt (8-5), 38. Arizona (7-6), 39. USF (8-5), 40. Illinois (7-6), 41. Penn State,  (7-6), 42. Michigan (7-6), 43. Navy (9-4), 44. Texas Tech (8-5), 

45. MIAMI (7-6) BUZZ: There were more than a few people who proclaimed "The U. is back!" before the season. Alas, those people were way off, and coach Randy Shannon was fired.

46. Baylor (7-6), 47. Hawaii (10-4), 48. Syracuse (8-5), 49. Kansas State (7-6), 50. Northwestern (7-6), 51. Georgia (6-7)

52. BOSTON COLLEGE (7-6) BUZZ: The Eagles had a big-time defense. As for the offense -- hmmm, did we mention the big-time defense?

56. GEORGIA TECH (6-7) BUZZ: The injury to QB Joshua Nesbitt hurt. But what really hurt was a defense that couldn't stop the run.

60. CLEMSON (6-7) BUZZ: The Tigers are proof positive that no matter how much talent you have on defense, you have to have some sort of clue on offense if you're to be successful.

88. VIRGINIA (4-8) BUZZ: The Cavs beat Miami, one of the most confounding results of the season, considering their other three wins were against an awful Eastern Michigan team and two FCS opponents.

99. DUKE (3-9) BUZZ: QB Sean Renfree looks like a guy coach David Cutcliffe can build his offense around. But will Duke ever be able to run the ball?

105. WAKE FOREST (3-9) BUZZ: Has Jim Grobe's magic worn off? The Demon Deacons' passing attack was awful this season and must improve. The defense has to get better, too.

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