Posted by Chip Patterson
This week's polls have been released. Here's how the ACC fared, from the top of the polls to its bottom, and what it means.
Florida State (AP: 5/Coaches: 5) - No real change in the polls after taking care of business against Charleston Southern, putting away the Buccaneers early on the war to a 62-10 route. until proven otherwise I'd say many would agree Florida state to the best team in the "second tier" of title contenders. The Seminoles first real test in 2011 is also their greatest opportunity to move up in the polls. The eyes of the nation will be on Tallahassee on Saturday, when the top-ranked Oklahoma Sooners come to town for a showdown under the lights.
Virginia Tech (AP: 13/Coaches: 12) - An expected dip here after being ranked at No. 11 heading into the weekend. The Hokies' offense struggled through three quarters to move the ball through the air against East Carolina's defense, which was somewhat alarming to Virginia Tech fans. Logan Thomas did prove to me much more of a rushing threat, but the Hokies showed some vulnerability in the 17-10 victory.
Other Receiving Votes - Despite an off weekend, Maryland picked up some points from voters. They've got a date with No. 18 West Virginia on Saturday in Byrd Stadium, and a victory should be enough to get them into the poll. Georgia Tech, who once again put up surprisingly high numbers with their passing game, also collected some votes from both polls. North Carolina and Clemson received votes in the coaches poll, once again proving that most coaches (or the ones responsible for their votes) do not get much time (or care) to survey the day's action before voting.