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Let’s get one important thing out of the way: I need everyone except the Wisconsin fans, if there are any. Are we alone now? Good. Wisconsin fans, hello. What was that? I mean, really, what in the world was that? Illinois? Illinois. The Fighting Illini? Not The Fighting Illini! I don’t know how I can help you all get through this, but just know that I am really disappointed. Alright, now that we got that out of the way, let’s discuss the rest of the weekend.
The Badgers’ loss by far was the most egregious loss of the weekend, but there was still some movement in the top 25 rankings thanks to a couple of losses to unranked teams. BYU stole a win from Boise State, and Vanderbilt managed to pull off the upset win against Missouri. Without further delay, let’s see how the games influenced your votes for this week’s FanPulse top 25 poll:
Despite being knocked out of the AP top four, Clemson is still hanging on strong at number four following their dominating win against Louisville. Elsewhere in the ACC, Virginia moved up a couple of spots to No. 23 following their blowout win against Duke. The last significant change in these rankings is Wisconsin sliding down six spots to number 12 after that shocking loss to Illinois.
Let’s take a look at how the Tar Heel Blog top 25 poll turned out:
Tar Heel Blog Top 25 Week 8
|Ohio State (7-0)|
|Penn State (7-0)|
|Notre Dame (5-1)|
|App State (6-0)|
|Arizona State (5-2)|
|Wake Forest (6-1)|
|Boise State (6-1)|
|San Diego State (6-1)|
|Virginia Tech (5-2)|
Clemson wasn’t as fortunate to maintain a top four spot in the THB poll, as voters decided that Oklahoma and Penn State are the better teams at the moment. Another notable difference in the poll is that Virginia Tech sneaks in at No. 25, which is interesting considering the fact that it took the Hokies six overtimes to put away UNC.
Speaking of UNC, readers’ confidence in the team dipped from 100% to 85.7% after that outrageous game Saturday night. It’s understandable that some fans are down after the loss, but the bright side is that Mack Brown is already doing what he can to make some corrections, which included naming freshman walk-on Jonathan Kim as the new placekicker. Special teams issues aside, the defense will have to make some big time corrections before this Saturday, as Duke has enough firepower to make it a long day in Kenan if they play as poorly as they did against the Hokies.
What do you think of this week’s voting? Let us know in the comments below, and as always, please click the link above if you haven’t already and sign up for the SB Nation FanPulse survey.