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College Football AP Poll: Week 5

The ACC now has the fewest teams in the AP Poll between Power Five conferences.

Clemson v Georgia Tech Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

In the Week Five AP Poll, there are five new teams in the rankings, including a few teams familiar to Carolina fans.

Here is the full poll from Week Five:

  1. Alabama (60) 4-0
  2. Georgia 4-0
  3. Clemson (1) 4-0
  4. Ohio State 4-0
  5. LSU 4-0
  6. Oklahoma 4-0
  7. Stanford 4-0
  8. Notre Dame 4-0
  9. Penn State 4-0
  10. Auburn 3-1
  11. Washington 3-1
  12. West Virginia 3-0
  13. UCF 3-0
  14. Michigan 3-1
  15. Wisconsin 3-1
  16. Miami (FL) 3-1
  17. Kentucky 4-0
  18. Texas 3-1
  19. Oregon 3-1
  20. BYU 3-1
  21. Michigan State 2-1
  22. Duke 4-0
  23. Mississippi State 3-1
  24. Cal 3-0
  25. Texas Tech 3-1

Where is UNC?

The North Carolina Tar Heels are nowhere to be found in the minds of AP voters. Could the Tar Heels receive one vote with an upset Thursday night?

Biggest Losers

Previously ranked No. 13, Virginia Tech’s shocking 49-35 loss at FBS Old Dominion dropped the Hokies completely from the Top 25.

At No. 15, Oklahoma State was thumped by Texas Tech 41-17 in Stillwater. The loss bumped the Cowboys from the poll and pushed the Red Raiders into the No. 25 slot.

The wheels fell off for previously unbeaten Boston College after the first quarter last week versus Purdue, and the No. 23 Eagles were dropped from the rankings.

Mississippi State had the biggest drop in the poll while remaining ranked. Their 28-7 loss to Kentucky moved them down nine slots to No. 23 this week.

Biggest Winners

Kentucky, Texas, Duke, and California joined the rankings this week. The Wildcats and Longhorns each had impressive conference victories versus ranked opponents while the Golden Bears received the bye week bump.

Michigan, Miami, and BYU gained the most spots within the poll. Their victories this week moved each team up five spots from last week.

On the Outside Looking In

Colorado, based on votes, is the first team out of the poll. The Buffaloes are undefeated on the season and start conference play this week versus UCLA.

There is a big drop off in voter points after Colorado. South Florida, NC State, Syracuse, Cincinnati, North Texas, and Buffalo are the remaining undefeated teams that have received votes.

Top 25 Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 3 teams
  • American: 1 team
  • Big Ten: 5 teams
  • Big 12: 4 teams
  • Independent: 2 teams
  • Pac-12: 4 teams
  • SEC: 6 teams

Top 25 Games this Week

  • No. 4 Ohio State at No. 9 Penn State - 9/29/18 at 7:30 PM ET
  • No. 7 Stanford at No. 8 Notre Dame - 9/29/18 at 7:30 PM ET
  • No. 20 BYU at No. 11 Washington - 9/29/18 at 7:30 PM ET
  • No. 12 West Virginia at No. 25 Texas Tech - 9/29/18 at 12:00 PM ET
  • No. 19 Oregon at No. 24 Cal - 9/29/18 at 10:30 PM ET

Upset Alert

Since this is Tar Heel Blog after all, let’s put Miami on upset alert! Here Comes Carolina!

Can undefeated Syracuse make it two straight against Clemson? This time the Orange will have to travel and high noon in Death Valley will be very tough.

Like game in Clemson, the Lubbock heat may give the Red Raiders a chance. The spread for a West Virginia victory is less than a touchdown across the different sportsbooks.

Mississippi State took a beating against Kentucky. Will they rebound when the Bulldogs host Florida?