UNC has made their way back into the AP Top 25 Poll with a victory on the road over Miami. The SEC may be dominating the top 25 poll with eight teams this week, but is the Big Ten a tougher conference with having four teams in the top 10? Now that we are over half-way through the season, where do “experts” think that UNC is headed this upcoming bowl season?
Let’s take a look at these things and other topics in this week’s AP Top 25 Poll.
AP Top 25 Poll
- Alabama (60) 7-0
- Ohio State 6-0
- Michigan (1) 6-0
- Clemson 7-0
- Washington 6-0
- Texas A&M 6-0
- Louisville 5-1
- Nebraska 6-0
- Baylor 6-0
- Wisconsin 4-2
- Houston 6-1
- West Virginia 5-0
- Florida State 5-2
- Boise State 6-0
- Florida 5-1
- Oklahoma 4-2
- Arkansas 5-2
- Tennessee 5-2
- Utah 6-1
- Western Michigan 7-0
- Auburn 4-2
- North Carolina 5-2
- Ole Miss 3-3
- Navy 4-1
- LSU 4-2
Where is UNC?
After the 20-13 victory over the formerly ranked #16 Miami Hurricanes, the Tar Heels find themselves back in the top 25 at #22. The Heels will look to remain in the top 25 for more than a week, as they travel to Charlottesville for a game against the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday. A win (unless it is a last-second or overtime victory) will likely keep UNC in the top 25 heading into their bye week.
Kirk Bohls (Austin American-Statesman) had the Tar Heels ranked all the way up at #10, which is awfully generous. Even the hardcore UNC fans would have a hard time arguing that they should be ranked that high.
UNC Bowl Projections
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports - Taxslayer Bowl vs. Arkansas
Mark Schlabach of ESPN - Belk Bowl vs. LSU
Brett McMurphy of ESPN - Sun Bowl vs. Arizona State
Colin Becht of Sports Illustrated: Belk Bowl vs. Auburn
College Football Poller-coaster
Up: West Virginia (8 spots), Arkansas (5 spots), Western Michigan (4 spots)
Down: Ole Miss (11 spots), Tennesse (9 spots)
- How is Ole Miss still ranked? They are 3-3, and their only wins are against Wofford, Georgia, and Memphis. Call me unimpressed.
Welcome and Goodbye
Back in the top 25: North Carolina and LSU
Fallen from the top 25: Miami and Virginia Tech
Best Top 25 Games of the Week
#6-Texas A&M at #1-Alabama - Two undefeated teams enter, but only one will survive.
#22-UNC at Virginia - UVA is pretty terrible, but it is still the oldest rivalry in the south.
#17-Arkansas at #21-Auburn - Again, another battle for second place in the SEC West.
How are UNC’s opponents doing?
Georgia (4-3): Lost 17-16 to Vanderbilt last week.
Illinois (2-4): Won 24-7 over Rutgers last week.
James Madison (6-1): Won 42-39 over New Hampshire last week.
Pittsburgh (5-2): Won 45-31 over Virginia last week.
Florida State (5-2): Won 17-6 over Wake Forest last week.
Virginia Tech (4-2): Lost 31-17 to Syracuse last week.
Miami (4-2): Lost 20-13 to UNC last week.
Virginia (2-4): Lost 45-31 to Pittsburgh last week.
Georgia Tech (4-3): Won 35-24 over Georgia Southern last week.
Duke (3-4): Lost 24-14 to Louisville last week.
Citadel (6-0): Won 22-14 over Chattanooga last week.
NC State (4-2): Lost 24-17 to Clemson last week.
What are they thinking? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Josh Kendall (The State) - Houston ranked at #25, while Oklahoma is at #11?
Scott Wolf (Los Angeles Daily News) - Michigan ranked #1 over Alabama? He is the only one who does not have Alabama ranked #1.
Adam Zucker (CBS Sports Network) - Miami at #16 and UNC not ranked? I assume he voted before this game happened or didn’t watch the game.
ACC - 4 teams
Big Ten - 4 teams
Big 12 - 3 teams
Pac-12 - 2 teams
SEC - 8 teams
Crazy Stat of the Week
No one is beating Alabama this season if they keep this up.