The new rankings came out Monday, and Duke and Wake weren't punished as badly as we expected for their dual 27 point losses.
|Tuesday Night's ACC Action!|
|Virginia @ Florida State||7:00||RSN|
|Clemson @ Boston College||9:00||RSN|
In both the A.P. poll and ESPN/USAToday, UNC is #3.Â Duke is #5 A.P. and #6 ESPN/USAToday.Â Wake is #7 and #8 respectively,
Clemson is #12/#11, and Florida State debuts at #25 in both polls.
Jeff Capel has his Sooners at #2 by the way (in both polls).
In Tuesday's ACC action, Virginia visits Florida State, and Clemson goes up to B.C. for a Beantown tussle. Interesting games in both cases.
If Virginia wins, FSU has to cooperate. Given their shiny new ranking, and Virginia's considerable weakness, we just can't see it.Â Clemson at B.C., however, is another matter.Â This is actually a pretty fascinating game in some respects.
Clemson's reaction to getting thumped by FSU is going to be interesting: do they wilt?Â Do they have the courage to, well, roar like wounded Tigers?
They'll have less luck pressing B.C.:Â Tyrese Rice is a solid point and he has plenty of help.
It's also worth mentioning that, like FSU, B.C. can firm up an NCAA argument.Â An FSU win and a Clemson loss changes things in the standings, too.Â As is so often the case late in the season, the league has a big tie at or near the top. This time, Clemson, Wake, FSU, and Virginia Tech are all sitting at 5-3.
One of the reasons for FSU's rise is underrated big man Solomon Alabi. The big Nigerian is improving, and fast.