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UNC Drops From AP Poll, Still Ranked in Coaches

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In a rare case of a team being dropped despite not losing the previous week, UNC has fallen from 21st in the AP poll to out of the ranking altogether.  The Coaches Poll, while keeping UNC ranked, dropped the Tar Heels from 23rd to 25th.

UNC's performances in opening the season 2-0 have hardly justified the ranking so the drop certainly has merit while also(again) exposing the folly of ranking teams prior to the season. The other element at play here is the fact other teams more worthy of the poll have been moved into place knocking the Heels out of the mix including fellow ACC members Louisville and Virginia Tech.

The good(or bad, depending on how you look at it) is UNC will have ample opportunity to justify a spot in the poll again. UNC faces ECU, #23 Clemson, #17 Virginia Tech and #11 Notre Dame over a four week span starting September 20th. That stretch will either be a chance for the Tar Heels to prove the initial ranking of this team was correct or be a complete bloodbath at the hands of three ranked teams.

UNC's season so far hasn't done much to dissuade the belief the latter is a real possibility.

AP Coaches Sagarin
1 Florida State (38) Florida State (51) Oregon
2 Oregon (16) Alabama (1) Georgia
3 Alabama (1) Oklahoma (3) Oklahoma
4 Oklahoma (2) Oregon (6) Texas A&M
5 Auburn Auburn Auburn
6 Georgia (1) Georgia (1) LSU
7 Texas A&M (2) Baylor Florida
8 Baylor Texas A&M Alabama
9 USC LSU Notre Dame
10 LSU USC UCLA
11 Notre Dame Notre Dame Michigan State
12 UCLA UCLA Ohio State
13 Michigan State Michigan State USC
14 Ole Miss Arizona State Wisconsin
15 Stanford Ole Miss Virginia Tech
16 Arizona State Stanford BYU
17 Virginia Tech Wisconsin Florida State
18 Wisconsin Ohio State Ole Miss
19 Kansas State Virginia Tech Arizona
20 Missouri Kansas State Baylor
21 Louisville Nebraska TCU
22 Ohio State Missouri UCF
23 Clemson South Carolina Stanford
24 South Carolina Clemson Kansas State
25 BYU North Carolina Louisville