ACC power rankings: Clemson remains No. 1, but there is new No. 2 after Week 2 games

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USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.
USA TODAYThe second week of the season was kind to the ACC as league teams won 12 of 14 games.Then again, the list of non-conference victims included the likes of North Carolina A&T, Eastern Kentucky, Louisiana-Monroe, Western Carolina and Rice, so no one’s waving the ACC banner with too much aplomb.Meanwhile, the main story line through the first couple of weeks of the season is rather familiar – it’s Clemson all alone at the top, with a large gap between the new No. 2 in the rankings: Virginia.1. ClemsonThe Tigers keep chugging along like the national contenders they are. Clemson topped then-No. 11 Texas A&M 24-10 in a game that wasn’t that close. And it may only get easier from here for Clemson, which may not face another ranked opponent until the postseason.Up next: at Syracuse, 7:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday on ABC.RE-RANK: LSU soars to No. 2, while Nebraska tumblesWINNERS AND LOSERS: Highs and lows from college football’s Week 2MISERY INDEX: Michigan, Washington join FSU, Tennessee in rough place 2. VirginiaThe Cavaliers should be 4-0 and ranked when they head to Notre Dame on Sept. 28. In the meantime, they sure look like the seventh different Coastal Division champion in seven years.Up next: vs. Florida State, 7:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday on ACC Network.3. Boston CollegeWith Kansas and Rutgers on the agenda the next two weeks, we may not learn much more about the Eagles until they host Wake Forest on Sept. 28. Freshman receiver Zay Flowers, who had two touchdowns on his first six touches this season, is showing big-play potential.Up next: vs. Kansas, 7:30 p.m. (ET), Friday on ACC Network.4. North Carolina StateFreshman running back Bam Knight is a star in the making for the Wolfpack, which has allowed only three points in two games against outclassed non-conference opponents East Carolina and Western Carolina. A road game at West Virginia this week should provide a better test.Up next: at West Virginia, noon (ET), Saturday on FS1.5. Wake ForestThe Demon Deacons are making some noise with their 2-0 start, but the first test will come Friday when they play host to another upstart in 2-0 North Carolina. Quarterback Jamie Newman has passed for a league-leading 713 yards and six touchdowns.Up next: vs. North Carolina, 6 p.m. (ET), Friday on ESPN.6. SyracuseSyracuse has played Clemson well four of the last five years. In fact, Syracuse is the last ACC team to defeat Clemson, winning 27-24 at the Carrier Dome in 2017, so there’s hope for the Orange despite last week’s debacle at Maryland – a 63-20 setback.Up next: vs. Clemson, 7:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday on ABC.7. North CarolinaThe Tar Heels continue to show upward mobility in Mack Brown’s second tour of duty in Chapel Hill. North Carolina followed up its opening-week upset of South Carolina by knocking off Miami last week to move to 2-0 and establish itself as an early contender in the Coastal Division, where anything is possible. Freshman quarterback Sam Howell has been impressive so far, playing with a confidence that belies his youth.Up next: at Wake Forest, 6 p.m. (ET), Friday on ESPN. 8. Virginia TechAfter dropping its season opener at Boston College, Virginia Tech appeared to get back on track with its win against Old Dominion. The Hokies  and could be 5-1 when North Carolina rolls into Blacksburg in mid-October.Up next: vs. Furman, noon (ET), Saturday on ACC Network. 9. Miami (Fla.)Quarterback Jarren Williams passed for 309 yards and a couple of touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough as the Hurricanes fell to 0-2 with a loss at North Carolina last week. But non-league games against Bethune-Cookman and Central Michigan are here to ease the pain.Up next: vs. Bethune-Cookman, 4 p.m. (ET), Saturday on ACC Network.10. Florida StateHow the mighty have fallen. Florida State, which at one time won or shared nine consecutive ACC titles, continues to be a mere shell of its former shelf. Despite being a 23-point favorite, the Seminoles survived last week 45-44 against Louisiana-Monroe when the Warhawks missed a PAT in overtime.Up next: at Virginia, 7:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday on ACC Network.11. LouisvilleThe Cardinals continue to show signs of progress under first-year coach Scott Satterfield. Javian Hawkins, a freshman running back, is the first Louisville rusher to have back-to-back 100-yard games since 2016 and is averaging 8.2 yards per carry. Stay tuned.Up next: at Western Kentucky, 4 p.m. (ET), Saturday on Stadium.12. DukeDuke has found its replacement for Daniel Jones with Quentin Harris, who accounted for five touchdowns in the Blue Devils’ victory at Rice last week. With Harris continuing to find his groove, the Blue Devils should move to 2-1 this week. After playing Alabama in the season opener, all other games must seem rather winnable for Coach David Cutcliffe’s bunch.Up next: at Middle Tennessee, 7 p.m. (ET), Saturday on Facebook.13. PittsburghThe Panthers warmed up for a trip to age-old rival Penn State by holding off Ohio, 20-10, as Kenny Pickett passed for 321 yards and a score. Pitt will follow the Penn State game with a road trip to Central Florida as the Panthers challenging non-conference slate heats up.Up next: at Penn State, noon (ET), Saturday on ABC.14. Georgia TechThe Yellow Jackets held off South Florida for their first win of the season and should move to 3-1 with upcoming games against The Citadel and Temple. First-year coach Geoff Collins, who left Temple for the Tech job, will take any win he can get as his team continues its transition from a triple-option offense.Up next: vs. The Citadel, 12:30 p.m. (ET), Saturday on Raycom.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide

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