Florida State and Virginia Tech were expected to be the ACC standard-bearers heading into 2011. But Clemson has been the surprise of the year in the conference, and maybe in college football, and the Week 6 AP Poll Top 25 and the Week 6 USA Today coaches poll reward the upstart Tigers with their first top 10 perch of the season in the college football rankings.
After capping three straight wins over ranked teams with a dominant win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, the Tigers move to No. 8 in both the Week 6 AP Poll and the Week 6 coaches poll, and are well ahead of the rest of the ACC.
There are only three other ranked ACC teams: Unbeaten Georgia Tech (No. 13 AP/No. 13 coaches), which has crept quietly into the top 15; Virginia Tech (No. 17 coaches/No. 21 AP), which suffered its first loss to Clemson; and Florida State (No. 22 coaches/No. 23 AP), which remained low after not playing in Week 5.
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