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AP Polls: Week of 12/4

Let’s check in on the rankings after a busy week for UNC basketball.

NCAA Basketball: Tennessee at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Football was the big story in college sports over the weekend, however...well...that really wasn’t something that UNC was involved in. Meanwhile, conference play is now sort of somewhat underway in the college basketball season. The North Carolina men’s team’s victory over Florida State got the Tar Heels off to a winning start in ACC play.

With that in mind, let’s check on where things stand in the AP Top 25 rankings after this past week, while checking in on where things wrapped up in the College Football Playoff rankings.

Men’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. Arizona (59 first place votes)
  2. Kansas (1)
  3. Houston (3)
  4. Purdue
  5. UConn
  6. Baylor
  7. Gonzaga
  8. Marquette
  9. North Carolina
  10. Creighton
  11. Florida Atlantic
  12. Texas
  13. Colorado State
  14. BYU
  15. Miami
  16. Kentucky
  17. Tennessee
  18. James Madison
  19. Oklahoma
  20. Illinois
  21. Texas A&M
  22. Duke
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Clemson
  25. San Diego State

Where is UNC?

Well, well, well, what do we have here? After a big week, including an impressive performance against #10 (at the time) Tennessee, the Tar Heels are up into the top ten for the first time this season. They have a tough test tonight that could change that rather quickly, but it was still a nice week.

Biggest Winners

UNC’s eight spot jump was the biggest of the week, with Colorado State’s seven spot leap not too far behind.

Biggest Losers

Some team from Durham fell 15 whole places after taking two losses last week, including one to Georgia Tech. That’s a shame...

Conference Breakdown

  • Big 12: 6
  • ACC: 4
  • Big East: 3
  • Big Ten: 3
  • SEC: 3
  • Mountain West: 2
  • AAC: 1
  • Pac 12: 1
  • Sun Belt: 1
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #11 Florida Atlantic (7-1) vs. #20 Illinois (6-1) in New York - Tonight at 6:30 PM ET on ESPN
  • #9 North Carolina (7-1) vs. #5 UConn (7-1) in New York - Tonight at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN
  • #12 Texas (6-1) at #8 Marquette (6-2) - Wednesday at 8:00 PM ET on FS1

Women’s Basketball

AP Top 25

  1. South Carolina (35 first place votes)
  2. UCLA
  3. NC State
  4. Iowa
  5. Texas
  6. USC
  7. LSU
  8. Colorado
  9. Stanford
  10. Baylor
  11. Utah
  12. Ohio State
  13. Kansas State
  14. Notre Dame
  15. Virginia Tech
  16. Indiana
  17. UConn
  18. Louisville
  19. Marquette
  20. Florida State
  21. Washington State
  22. Creighton
  23. Gonzaga
  24. North Carolina
  25. Penn State

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels took another loss last week to fall to 5-3 on the season. However, considering in this last one they played #1 South Carolina very tough, they weren’t punished for it, staying at #24.

Biggest Winners

Texas is into the top five thanks to their sucess so far this season. The Longhorns are 9-0 and just took down previously #11 UConn over the weekend.

Biggest Losers

On the other side of that game, the Huskies dropped six spots to #17 afterward. However, Ole Miss topped them, going from #19 to unranked after losing to Southern Miss.

Conference Breakdown

  • ACC: 6
  • Pac 12: 6
  • Big Ten: 4
  • Big 12: 3
  • Big East: 3
  • SEC: 2
  • WCC: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #2 UCLA (7-0) vs. #20 Florida State (6-2) in Uncasville, CT - Sunday at 12:00 PM ET on ESPN2
  • #11 Utah (7-1) vs. #1 South Carolina (7-0) in Uncasville, CT - Sunday at 2:30 PM ET on ESPN
  • #24 North Carolina (5-3) vs. #17 UConn (4-3) in Uncasville, CT - Sunday at 5:00 PM ET on ESPN

Football

As mentioned, let’s just take a quick look at where the final Playoff rankings ended up:

College Football Playoff Rankings

  1. Michigan
  2. Washington
  3. Texas
  4. Alabama
  5. Florida State
  6. Georgia
  7. Ohio State
  8. Oregon
  9. Missouri
  10. Penn State
  11. Ole Miss
  12. Oklahoma
  13. LSU
  14. Arizona
  15. Louisville
  16. Notre Dame
  17. Iowa
  18. NC State
  19. Oregon State
  20. Oklahoma State
  21. Tennessee
  22. Clemson
  23. Liberty
  24. SMU
  25. Kansas State