Week 10 ACC power rankings

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By JIM O'SHEA
College Contributor Network

We're right in the thick of conference play, and the ACC has been full of surprises up to this point. Sure, Florida State may still be the undefeated top dog, but Duke's rise amongst the elite and the emergence of Deshaun Watson at Clemson has made it a season to remember already.

With bowl season and the first-ever College Football Playoff approaching, check out our ACC power rankings to get caught up on all the latest action.

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14. Wake Forest

Haven't won since Tim Duncan was around it seems like. A bye week before Clemson comes into town and more than likely makes the Demon Deacons bowl ineligible.

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13. NC State

Three straight losses by double digits and one of those was at home against a very mediocre Boston College.

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12. Syracuse

A true freshman quarterback making his first career start in Death Valley and the Orange only lost by ten. That's a win in my book.

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11. Pittsburgh

A 28-point thrashing against Georgia Tech puts them out of the top 10.

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10. Virginia Tech

The Hokies get the award for the strangest team to figure out. They went on the road in Week 2 and won at The Horseshoe, then came back with losses to East Carolina and Georgia Tech at home.

But then Va. Tech knocked off UNC in Chapel Hill and did so in commanding fashion, 34-17. That was followed by a loss to Pitt and then a 24-point loss to Miami over the next two weeks and I'm just wondering, "What the hell is going on in Blacksburg?"

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9. North Carolina

Most teams that lose four straight games do not usually have a shot to go to their conference championship, but UNC is disproving that.

The Tar Heels went through a rough stretch that included giving up 70, yes 70, points to East Carolina. But they have bounced back with nice wins over Georgia Tech and at Virginia last week.

Now, we will find out if UNC is for real as it takes on Miami in Coral Gables.

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8. Boston College

After the Golden Eagles' loss to Colorado State at home, it looked as if the USC win would mean nothing at the end of the year.

But BC bounced back nicely, beating NC State and Wake Forest on the road and only losing to Clemson by four at home.

If running back Tyler Rouse would've put stick 'em on his gloves, the Golden Eagles would already be bowl eligible.

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7. Virginia

The Cavaliers have definitely had the most heartbreak out of any team in the ACC. Each of their four losses have come by eight points or less.

The 4-4 UVA squad better get over its last two losses fast because their next three games could all be L's as well: at Georgia Tech, at Florida State, and Miami at home.

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6. Miami

Miami may not be "The U" anymore, but it is having a solid 2014 campaign. The Hurricanes have lost three games, all on the road and all against formidable opponents.

They get a UNC team this weekend who is rolling and it could be a knockout game in the Coastal Division for whoever loses.

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5. Georgia Tech

The Yellow Jackets surprised everyone when starting out 5-0, but after two straight losses they sort of became an afterthought.

Coming off a 28-point blowout at Pittsburgh, GT is back. The triple-option offense that hasn't scored fewer than 25 points in a game all year gets a UVA team that is coming off of two losses and needs a win.

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4. Louisville

The Cardinals have one of the best defenses in the nation and only saw 15-quarter stretch of not allowing a touchdown end in their win over NC State.

Now, UL has the chance to shock the world on a Thursday night nationally televised game against Florida State. Jameis Winston better watch out, or else the Cards may get him and shake up all of college football.

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3. Clemson

The Tigers have taken care of business at home so far to say the least. Clemson is 5-0 in Death Valley, but now is on the road for its next two contests.

Good thing is that they are two very "gettable" games (Wake Forest, Georgia Tech) and they have at least nine days to prepare for each.

A very solid 10-2 campaign is in reach for a Clemson team many have called "overrated."

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2. Duke

Normally this time of year, Blue Devils fans are just counting down the days to basketball season, but not anymore.

Last year, Duke went 10-4 and took a trip to the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. This year, it is already bowl eligible and coming off of two impressive wins over a then-undefeated Georgia Tech and a tough Virginia team.

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1. Florida State

The Seminoles have taken care of business so far. No matter whether pretty or not, they are 7-0 and are the No. 2 team in the country.

Tack onto that Jameis Winston having another stellar year and FSU is far above anyone in this conference. But a tough road test at a ranked Louisville squad with a stout defense will give FSU all it can handle.

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Jim O'Shea is a junior at Syracuse University studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism. Born and raised in Houston, TX. He's an avid Texans and Texas Rangers fan. Also golf is his favorite sport. Follow him on Twitter: @JimOShea4
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