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The ACC in SP+, Week 8: NC State sinks following blowout defeat

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NCAA Football: North Carolina State at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NC State had a bad week, but hey, it could always be worse. Like Florida State’s week, for instance. The Seminoles fell 13 spots in SP+ after losing by 32 points to Louisville, and the Noles have slipped a total of 30 places over the last two weeks. Things are not going well down there.

At the top, nothing changed this week.

ACC SP+ Standings

Team Wk 8 SP+ Rtg (Rank) Rank Change Offense Rank Defense Rank
Team Wk 8 SP+ Rtg (Rank) Rank Change Offense Rank Defense Rank
Clemson 27.2 (2) -- 4 7
Notre Dame 19.5 (7) -- 18 9
UNC 16.7 (13) -3 5 39
Miami 13.7 (19) -- 41 16
Virginia Tech 12.9 (21) -- 22 33
Louisville 7.1 (39) 6 13 88
Pitt 4.8 (44) -6 93 20
Virginia 2.7 (54) -5 72 42
BC 2.4 (56) 2 40 77
Georgia Tech 0.6 (64) -4 60 60
Wake Forest -0.7 (68) 3 79 58
NC State -1.2 (71) -10 59 78
FSU -2.7 (77) -13 66 86
Duke -5.5 (91) -3 119 43
Syracuse -8.0 (104) 1 111 80

NC State’s defense is the main reason for the plummet this week, as the Wolfpack’s rushing defense collapsed in ugly fashion for the second time this season. Twice now State has allowed over 300 rushing yards in a game, which is something that happened only once in 2019 (430 yards surrendered at BC).

Offensively, State is far from the only team struggling without its would-be starting quarterback: Pitt, Virginia, and Syracuse are all in that same boat. At one point, Pitt and UVA both looked like top-35ish teams, and only one of the two remains in the top 50.