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AP Top 25 Poll: Week Five

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It was another crazy weekend in college football, so let’s check out where things are at now.

NCAA Football: North Carolina at Boston College Adam Richins-USA TODAY Sports

This wild college football season continues to be just that as it produced another wild set of games over the weekend.

UNC managed to avoid the chaos by eking out a four-point win, but several other ranked teams weren’t as fortunate. Five teams completely fell out of the AP Top 25, while three others took drops of at least six spots. The poll also includes six teams who have yet to kick off their season thanks to the chaotic nature of things.

The result of all that has produced a historic poll for UNC and the ACC, so let’s see where things are at with the dust settled.

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Clemson Tigers (52 First place votes)
  2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8)
  3. Georgia Bulldogs
  4. Florida Gators
  5. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  6. Ohio State Buckeyes (2)
  7. Miami Hurricanes
  8. North Carolina Tar Heels
  9. Penn State Nittany Lions
  10. Oklahoma State Cowboys
  11. Cincinnati Bearcats
  12. Oregon Ducks
  13. Auburn Tigers
  14. Tennessee Volunteers
  15. BYU Cougars
  16. Wisconsin Badgers
  17. LSU Tigers
  18. SMU Mustangs
  19. Virginia Tech Hokies
  20. Michigan Wolverines
  21. Texas A&M Agges
  22. Texas Longhorns
  23. Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns
  24. Iowa State Cyclones
  25. Minnesota Golden Gophers

Where is UNC?

After the win over Boston College, the Tar Heels are in the top 10 for the first time since 2015, coming in at #8. Despite the less than perfect performance that they put in, Carolina was able to rise four spots thanks to some higher ranked teams taking losses. UNC was able to jump over Texas, UCF, and Auburn, who all lost, plus Penn State, who didn’t lose but also hasn’t begun play yet.

Biggest Winners

We have five new teams in the rankings this week, but as far as already ranked teams, three moved up seven spots.

Oklahoma State started the season in the top 15, but thanks to some unimpressive performances early on, they had dropped a little. After some losses above them and their obliteration of Kansas, they are not only top 15, but now into the top 10. Tennessee and BYU also moved up seven spots each.

Biggest Losers

Oklahoma State may have seen a big jump, but the rest of their conference is going the other way. Texas fell 13 spots down all the way to #22 following their loss to TCU. Oklahoma started the season at #5, and were #3 just two weeks ago, but they are now fully out of the rankings after taking a second consecutive loss.

Besides them, UCF went from #11 to unranked thanks to a loss to Tulsa. Meanwhile, Mississippi State has gone from unranked to #16 to unranked in a roller coaster opening two weeks for them.

Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 5
  • American: 2
  • Big 12: 4
  • Big Ten: 4
  • Independent: 1
  • Pac-12: 1
  • SEC: 7
  • Sun Belt: 1

Including UNC, the ACC has four teams in the top 10, which is a first in the history of the conference.

Marquee Top 25 Matchups

  • #19 Virginia Tech at #8 North Carolina (Saturday, 12 PM ET, ABC)
  • #14 Tennessee at #3 Georgia (Saturday, 3:30 PM ET, CBS)
  • #7 Miami at #1 Clemson (Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC)