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High confidence levels and a ban of sweet potatoes highlight this week’s FanPulse survey

Rivalry Week is finally here, which means the top 25 may get messy before the conference championship games.

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Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across college sports. Each week during the college sports season, we will send out polls to plug in fans to each team. Tar Heel fans can sign up HERE to join FanPulse.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! After a long, eventful college football season, we have finally gotten to Rivalry Week. This is easily my favorite weekend of the season, as we see the best games that anybody could ask for all in one single weekend. Aside from the UNC/NC State game, I would be every interested in hearing what game each of you look forward to each year. Let us know in the comments below. I personally try to tune into Michigan vs. Ohio State game mostly because I grew up around fans of both of these teams.

Moving onto some FanPulse data, we must address the elephant in the room: this week all of you were asked what Thanksgiving side should be banned, and I quite honestly am appalled by the results. Here are the results of the survey:

I’ll be really honest: I don’t hate any of the sides that were listed in the survey. In fact, I’d likely make a mountain of all five of these sides on my plate and go to town while drinking a bowl of gravy as a chaser. My initial reaction was disgust when I saw that a lot of people wanted candied yams/sweet potatoes banned from the table, but then I realized that given the options, it is tough to choose. I believe that I would have mashed potatoes banned myself, because it’s the least appealing food that I have eaten often outside of the holiday. Don’t worry gravy, you go great with turkey.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk some football. Here’s this week’s national results of the FanPulse top 25:

There isn’t a whole lot to dive into from this week’s poll, so let’s go ahead and take a look at the Tar Heel Blog top 25:

1.) LSU (11-0)
2.) Ohio State (11-0)
3.) Clemson (11-0)
4.)Alabama (10-1)
5.) Georgia (10-1)
6.) Oklahoma (10-1)
7.) Utah (10-1)
8.) Baylor (10-1)
9.) Florida (9-2)
10.) Auburn (8-3)
11.) Minnesota (10-1)
12.) Penn State (9-2)
13.) Oregon (9-2)
14.) Memphis (10-1)
15.) Notre Dame (9-2)
16.) Wisconsin (9-2)
17.) Cincinnati (10-1)
18.) App State (10-1)
19.) Michigan (9-2)
20.) Boise State (10-1)
21.) Iowa (8-3)
22.) Navy (8-2)
23.) Virginia Tech (8-3)
24.) Air Force (9-2)
25.) Oklahoma State (8-3)

As far as the confidence in both football and basketball go, readers are 87.5% and 100% confident in how both teams are performing respectively. Our football fans are feeling a lot better about the team than NC State fans are feeling about things, as 28.6% confident in how things are going leading up to the finale Saturday. Both teams are going to have more than a chip on their shoulders going into this one, as Mack Brown has been very vocal about getting things back on track against their in-state foe, and the Wolfpack are hungry for a victory to cap off the season and would love nothing better than to send the Heels into the offseason early.

The basketball team is currently in the Bahamas playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. As of the current time that this is being written, they are preparing to square off against Alabama in the opening game. Assuredly fans are feeling much better about the prospect of losing a game in this event, as Duke took a surprising L to Stephen F. Austin Tuesday night. Given the fact that SFA was ranked 222 in Kenpom and everyone that UNC plays during his event is in the top 100, it’s a very comforting feeling to be able to safely laugh at a rival’s misfortune knowing karma isn’t lurking in the shadows. Also, Brandon Robinson is making his return to the team, so things can only get better, right?

What do you think of this week’s results? Let us know in the comments below, and also if you haven’t already, make sure to sign up for FanPulse using the link at the beginning of this article.

Go Heels!