ACC Action Week 10: The Clemson Machine Rolls On

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It might not be a deep conference in terms of ranked teams in the Top 25 or in the College Football Playoff ranking, but at the top, the Clemson Tigers proved once again they are force in all of college football.

But, they weren't the only team putting on a show. The ACC still showed excitement, both from a college football perspective and an NFL Draft perspective from all across the conference this week.

These were our top takeaways from Week 10 in the ACC.

Can Anyone Stop Clemson? (No.)

Look, we all know Louisville isn't the best team in college football, but, boy, Clemson, now 9-0 on the season, sure made them look like they might be the worst.

In a 77-16 blowout -- in which Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence only attempted 12 passes -- Clemson had three 100-yard rushers on the day. Running backs Travis Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon and Tavein Feaster all went over the century mark in the game, and Etienne led the way with 153 on the ground.

Linebacker Kendall Joseph got himself a sacks and a half while defensive linemen Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence each got half a sack themselves.

It's games like this that make you think Clemson's only competition in the country is Alabama.

Syracuse Coming Through

Without looking, guess what Syracuse's record is this season.

I said don't look!

The Orange are 7-2 on the season after their 41-24 road victory over Wake Forest this weekend, and that win will likely have them climbing higher into the Top 25. Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungy had over 100 yards rushing and 100 yards passing on the day. On the other side, Demon Deacons running back Matt Colburn, who rushed for over 200 yards last week, was held to just 67 yards on 15 carries. A streaky season for Colburn.

End of Francois At FSU?

In the Seminole's 47-28 loss against N.C. State, quarterback James Blackmon tossed four touchdowns with 421 yards through the air.

Does this mean we've seen the last of Deondre Francois in Tallahassee? I think it might. Francois missed the game due to being called "day-to-day" with an injury, but after that performance by Blackmon, who knows if he'll get the gig when he gets back. Francois had a great redshirt freshman year two years ago, but he clearly has not been able to run Willie Taggart's offense the way they've envisioned up in the Panhandle.

What does this mean for Francois' draft stock either this year or the next? All that is now completely up in the air.

Ryan Finley Comes Back To Life

After a tough loss to Clemson, and a performance that left his draft stock well lower than what it was when the game began, N.C. State quarterback Ryan Finley needed a bounce-back game this season.

Against Florida State this week, Finely threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns with only six incompletions. The added bonus for his good performance is that he didn't even have to heavily rely on wide receiver Kelvin Harmon to make things happen. Finley completed passes to seven different receivers this week.

The first round hype for Finley is still too rich, but it was good to see him bounce back.

Not The Best Week, Daniel Jones

Speaking of quarterbacks getting first round hype, Duke quarterback Daniel Jones had a rough outing in his team's 20-12 win over Miami.

Jones completed just 17 of his 35 passes for 130 yards and one interception. It was on the road, but, boy, are those stats not flattering. The quarterback class seems to still be so up and down each week.

Power Rankings After Week 10

  1. Clemson
  2. Syracuse
  3. Boston College
  4. Virginia
  5. NC State
  6. Miami
  7. Virginia Tech
  8. Pittsburgh
  9. Duke
  10. Wake Forest
  11. Florida State
  12. Georgia Tech
  13. North Carolina
  14. Louisville

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Trevor Sikkema

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CDO & Senior NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Co-Host of the Locked On NFL Draft Podcast.