2017 ACC Football: Coastal Division Power Rankings week 10

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 28: Malik Rosier
CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 28: Malik Rosier /
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CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 28: Demetrius Jackson
CHAPEL HILL, NC – OCTOBER 28: Demetrius Jackson /

Another week of college football, means another week of the ACC Coastal Power Rankings.

Week 10 had seven ranked matchups. Seven, and it definitely didn’t disappoint.

On a sadder note, due to some technical difficulties the KIH ranking Guru’s top ten will no longer be shown.

However, that doesn’t mean the top ten is dead. Especially not a week after my top 10 matched the College Football PPlayoff committee’s.  So instead of moving conference by conference, I will instead move down through the top ten to kick things off week by week.

Let’s start with number ten where I undoubtedly will disagree with the committee this week. After the first nine teams, the tenth spot came down to a bunch of two-loss teams and an undefeated Central Florida team.

No offense to the ten two-loss squads, including Auburn who will probably have this spot in the CFP rankings but I went with Central Florida. I get that the Knights biggest win came against Memphis (who has only lost one game this year), but at some point, undefeated deserves some acknowledgment.

Now I am not saying UCF should be in the top four and would need about a million things to happen for that to even be a reality but a top ten spot for an undefeated school with no other worthy one-loss teams available doesn’t seem that unreasonable to me.

So with the tenth spot worked out, let’s move on to the top nine where the real chances await. At number nine I welcome in Washington this week. The Huskies had climbed as high as fourth previously in my rankings before losing to Arizona State three weeks ago.

Washington’s inclusion also gets the Pac-12 back into the rankings after being shut out the past two weeks as the Huskies are the Pac-12’s only shot at the playoff this year.

Coming in at number eight are Wisconsin, who moves up a spot this week with a big win over Nebraska. The Badgers stay undefeated and like Washington remain the Big Ten conference’s only hope.

Don’t worry guys win this week and you’ll definitely jump two spots as the four next teams play each other this week.

Wisconsin will raise some interesting debates if they stay undefeated and go up against some one-loss squads like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Clemson, and the SEC championship loser.

At number seven, I have Miami who jumps three spots this week with their first signature win over Virginia Tech. Since Miami is a Coastal team, I will talk more about them later, but the Hurricanes are starting to look legit.

Moving up two spots into the sixth position is TCU, who beat Texas this weekend. The win over the Longhorns was a big one following the Horned Frogs loss to Iowa State. They will have a chance to move up again with a win in their game against Oklahoma this weekend.

Starting off the top five is Notre Dame. I know the committee loves the Irish, but I am still not sold. Who is their best win again? Two loss NC State or two loss USC? Want to impress me Notre Dame, beat Miami this weekend. Do that and maybe I’ll find you a spot in the top four.

STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 04: Quarterback Baker Mayfield
STILLWATER, OK – NOVEMBER 04: Quarterback Baker Mayfield /

Speaking of the top four, let move into it with Oklahoma. The Sooners survived Bedlam thanks to presumed Heisman trophy winner Baker Mayfield.

Of the top four, Oklahoma’s spot is the most tenuous as they have a shaky defense (see 661 total yards of offense by Oklahoma State) and still have to play TCU possibly twice, if not Oklahoma State again.

At number three I have Clemson. The Tigers have practically clinched the ACC Atlantic for a third straight season (the Tigers need a win or a Wolfpack loss to clinch) and are almost definitely in a third straight playoff if they win out.

The top two spots belong to the SEC.

One and two are Alabama and Georgia in some order (I tend to lean Crimson Tide over Bulldogs). They also continue to raise intrigue on whether two squads from the same conference can make the playoffs.

If both schools win out going into the championship game, that seems a likelihood.

Well with all that worked out, we move on to our real rankings.

This week I decided to call on Chapel Hill native James Taylor to lead our headings. First up is one of three Coastal teams on bye this past weekend.