We've reached the midseason point in the ACC, and everything you thought you know coming in about the quarterback position has been proven wrong this fall. Preseason Heisman Trophy contenders, North Carolina's Sam Howell and Clemson's D.J. Uiagalelei, are now completely off the radar as player-of-the-year candidates while Pittsburgh's Kenny Pickett and NC State's Devin Leary have surged to the forefront for their division-leading teams.

One of the preseason national title frontrunners, Clemson held off Syracuse, 17-14, last week that sparked positive comments from coach Dabo Swinney about his first-year starter under center.

“I thought he played his best game. What are we, 4-2? Of our six games, that’s the best game he’s played,” Swinney said. “He put some huge plays together. Again, some missed opportunities, but some very accurate throws.

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Our quarterbacks rankings consist of film review, numbers against quality competition and overall impact on the success or failures on every respective team. There's also a heavy emphasis on production relative to the talent around them.

At the midseason junction, here are the ACC's starting quarterbacks ranked worst to first: