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AP Top 25: Week Six

The Tar Heels were off this past week, but they climbed the polls anyway.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 23 North Carolina at Pitt Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

There are good times to have a weekend off and then there are really good times to have a weekend off. Based on how things went for the other two Triangle teams this weekend, the Tar Heels lucked into a good weekend to sit back and watch the other schools play.

NC State kicked the weekend off Friday night by losing a turnover-filled game that fittingly ended with a Brennan Armstrong interception. Duke then got to enjoy the national spotlight with a Gameday in Durham and hung with Notre Dame for a long time, even have a lead late. Then they gave up a 4th and 16 run to Sam Hartman, then gave up a 30-yard touchdown run two plays later, then turned the ball over on an ugly strip sack of Riley Leonard. In the matter of a few minutes the outlook for both teams changed dramatically.

Yes, something seemed to be in the water in the Triangle so this was a good weekend to rest up.

Carolina also benefited from a couple of upset of teams ahead of them in the rankings. Utah struggled without their QB Cam Rising, losing to Oregon State while LSU suffered their second loss of the season in an offensive shootout to Ole Miss. With all that movement, let’s see how everything settled out.

AP Top 25

  1. Georgia (35 first place votes)
  2. Michigan (12)
  3. Texas (10)
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. Florida State (4)
  6. Penn State
  7. Washington
  8. Oregon
  9. USC
  10. Notre Dame
  11. Alabama
  12. Oklahoma
  13. Washington State
  14. North Carolina
  15. Oregon State
  16. Ole Miss
  17. Miami (FL)
  18. Utah
  19. Duke
  20. Kentucky
  21. Missouri
  22. Tennessee
  23. LSU
  24. Fresno State
  25. Louisville

Where is UNC?

Thanks to avoiding whatever it was that the Triangle teams had to face this weekend, the Tar Heels benefited from the two upsets ahead of them to settle at 14. A hot Washington State team leapt over the Tar Heels thanks to their win over Oregon State. They were off, mind you, but Oregon State beat Utah while Carolina’s opponents haven’t exactly covered themselves in glory. Voters clearly felt Wazzu’s 4-0 was better than Carolina’s 4-0 for now, but the Tar Heels will have a chance to impress coming up.

This week: vs. Syracuse in Chapel Hill

Biggest Winners

Oregon State and Ole Miss had the biggest charge with four spots each, both rebounding from losses last week to put up nice wins over higher ranked opponents. Their wins seemed to justify the faith put in them earlier in the season, and as mentioned, it also helped Washington State as their win over Oregon State gave them a three spot bump. Also welcome to the top 25 Louisville, giving the ACC another squad in the rankings.

Biggest Losers

LSU is in free-fall, plummeting ten spots after their defense just didn’t show up at all against Ole Miss. They have company with the fall in Utah, as voters feel the Utes don’t look really good without their quarterback and dropped them eight spots. No one else shifted more than two spots.

Conference Breakdown

  • SEC: 7
  • Pac-12: 6
  • ACC: 5
  • Big Ten: 3
  • Big XII: 2
  • Mountain West: 1
  • Independent: 1

Marquee Matchups this Week:

  • #12 Oklahoma (5-0, 2-0 Big XII) vs. #3 Texas (5-0, 2-0 Big XII), Dallas, TX, Saturday Noon ET ABC
  • #20 Kentucky (5-0, 2-0 SEC) at #1 Georgia (5-0, 2-0 SEC), Saturday, 7 PM ET, ESPN
  • #10 Notre Dame (5-1) at #25 Louisville (5-0, 3-0 ACC), Saturday, 7:30 PM ET, ABC
  • #23 LSU (3-2, 2-1 SEC) at #21 Missouri (5-0, 1-0 SEC), Saturday, Noon ET, ESPN

Coaches Poll

  1. Georgia (59 first place votes)
  2. Michigan (1)
  3. Ohio State (2)
  4. Texas (1)
  5. Florida State
  6. Penn State
  7. USC
  8. Washington (1)
  9. Oregon
  10. Alabama
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Oklahoma
  13. North Carolina
  14. Washington State
  15. Ole Miss
  16. Oregon State
  17. Miami (FL)
  18. Tennessee
  19. Utah
  20. Kentucky
  21. Duke
  22. Missouri
  23. LSU
  24. Fresno State
  25. Louisville