ACC Power Rankings: Does anyone want to play for the ACC title?

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SOUTH BEND, INDIANA – OCTOBER 28: Head coach Pat Narduzzi of the Pittsburgh Panthers looks on during the first half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 28, 2023, in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

14. Syracuse Orange (4-4, 0-4):

If anyone needed an indicator of how it’s going for the Orange, they are averaging 8.5 points per game in ACC play. Head coach Dino Babers and his team can’t catch a break this year. They don’t have playable receivers because of injury. The offense is a mess because of injuries, which puts the defense in unwinnable situations.

13. Pittsburgh Panthers (2-6, 1-3):

The quit factor might be in play after Pat Narduzzi’s comments following a 58-7 thrashing at the hands of #12 Notre Dame:

Ironically, Narduzzi isn’t wrong. They don’t have the pass rushers they usually have upfront, and they haven’t found a replacement for Kenny Pickett or Jordan Addison  — and they left two years ago. Israel Abanikanda was a revelation last year, and they don’t have a runner as explosive. However, coach, you can’t say that in public.

12. Virginia Cavaliers (2-6, 1-3):

Are things turning around in Charlottesville for Tony Elliot and the Cavaliers? A week after pulling the upset against the Tar Heels, UVA did not go quietly into that good night against Miami, falling in overtime. The V-Men are playing hard, and it has resulted in one win. Can they pull off one more upset?

11. Wake Forest Demon Deacons (4-4, 1-4):

Injuries have also hurt Wake Forest this season, especially along the lines of scrimmage. When you recruit the way Dave Clawson and the Deacons recruit, losing beef upfront can be a backbreaker to a season. It was apparent they were overmatched against #4Florida State on the lines of scrimmage last weekend. Let’s see if the Deacons can find two wins on their schedule.

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