Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Four ACC Teams In Final Football Poll

When The Associated Press released its poll this morning, four ACC teams were ranked. 

Strong bowl performances by some of the better teams in the ACC led to a decent showing in the final poll for the conference. The bad news for the ACC is that No. 16 Virginia Tech (11-3) - which lost 40-12 in the Orange Bowl to Stanford - is the conference's top-ranked team.

But the ACC did have four teams in the final rankings. As late as Week 11 (Nov. 7), the ACC had just one team ranked by The Associated Press.

In the final poll, Atlantic Division champion Florida State (10-4), which defeated South Carolina 26-17 in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, is No. 17. Maryland (9-4), a 51-20 winner over East Carolina in the Military Bowl, was ranked No. 23.

N.C. State was No. 25. It was the team's first appearance in the final poll since a No. 12 ranking in 2002.  The Wolfpack finished 9-4, tying the second highest win total in school history.

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