I’m going to rank the ACC teams in MY order:
1 VT - already explained
2 Miami - fallen apart ever since coming over to the ACC, made a questionable hire with Randy Shannon and now in big-big trouble with the NCAA.
3 Clemson - spent far too long wading in mediocrity going back to the early 90s. Lost most of their bowl games since 2005, blown out against top opponents and lost 3 in a row to their rival USC.
4 UNC - had the potential to build a strong football program for many years, but only recently made the commitment. The NCAA and the criminal investigations inside the University has been a major black eye.
5 GT - they have mostly been a above average-good team in the ACC for as long as I can remember and with that you’re expected to carry the responsibility of representing well OOC which they have not. They have lost to their rivals UGA 9/10 times and are even on a 7 game bowl losing skid.
6 UVA - they are the flagship school in their state and have access to a bunch of talent. They seem to be on the right track now with the hiring of Mike London, but under former head coach Al Groh they’ve had inexplicable losses to bad teams like William&Mary; and Wyoming and no good OOC wins of note recently.
7 Duke - regarded for many years as the worse team in any BCS conference with many 0-1 win seasons and losses to FCS opponents. They seem to be making strides under David Cutcliffe, but their reputation is going to hang over their head for a long time. The only saving them from further humiliation is that nothing is ever expected out of them for football and are disregarded as the perennially designated bottom dweller which every conference has.
8 FSU - expected to be elite and carry the conference in most years, but rather have been mediocre-above average recently. They have not beatin an elite team in years and contributed to the ACC’s poor BCS bowl record. As previously mentioned, they still have some saving qualities particulary the last 4 years where they are riding a 4 game bowl winning streak and 2 in a row against UF.
9 Boston College - Up until the last 3 years I thought they did enough to be the least at fault. They’ve had a nice winning streak going in their bowl games and against Notre Dame. Now they’ve lost 3 in a row in their bowl games and 3 in a row to Notre Dame and had a very poor year last year. Can someone please find them an offense?
10 NC State - They are sorta in limbo with the football school / basketball school label, not too much is expected of them. They’ve had some nice wins in recent years against Big East opponents, but at the same time it would have been nice if they were able to secure a few more of those close losses to Rutgers, South Carolina and East Carolina.
11 Maryland - I think they just about did about as best as they possibly could do under Ralph Freidgen with a good bowl record including several solid regular season wins against Navy, California, WVU and a few others. Perhaps the only thing I hold against them is the back to back losses to Mid-Tenn-State in 2007-2008. We’ll see if Randy Edsall can get Maryland back on the right track in the coming seasons before we write him off as a bad hire.
12 Wake Forest - of all the members in the ACC, the least is expected of them which may be the reason they have surprised some of their opponents. They’ve got some solid OOC wins in recent years including Ole Miss (2x), Stanford and winning 3 of their last 5 bowl games. They are not completely without fault, but at the same time nobody other than a handful of Wake fans care if they win or lose.