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AP Top 25: Week Zero

Let’s check in on the Top 25 ahead of Week 1.

NCAA FOOTBALL: SEP 12 North Carolina A&T at North Carolina Photo by Ben McKeown/Icon Sportswire/Corbis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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We’ve finally made it to the first full game week. While, as has become tradition in recent years, there were a number of “Week 0” games over last weekend, the full kickoff of the 2023 college football season starts this week.

North Carolina are being thrown right into the fire as they’re going to take on a good South Carolina team in Charlotte. That matchup is one of the most interesting ones of Week 1, and is set to be the location of ESPN’s College Gameday on Saturday. It’s going to be exciting to have football back.

Before all that happens, let’s familiarize ourselves with the rankings going into this weekend. While there were games last weekend, the AP has not released a new set of rankings ahead of this weekend, so let’s look at where they stand going into the first full week of the new season.

AP Top 25

  1. Georgia (60 first place votes)
  2. Michigan (2)
  3. Ohio State (1)
  4. Alabama
  5. LSU
  6. USC
  7. Penn State
  8. Florida State
  9. Clemson
  10. Washington
  11. Texas
  12. Tennessee
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Utah
  15. Oregon
  16. Kansas State
  17. TCU
  18. Oregon State
  19. Wisconsin
  20. Oklahoma
  21. North Carolina
  22. Ole Miss
  23. Texas A&M
  24. Tulane
  25. Iowa

Where is UNC?

The Tar Heels will go into the new season at #21 in the nation. They’re just a handful of ranking points behind number #20 Oklahoma and just a couple ahead of #22 Ole Miss. After putting up nine wins last year and returning one of the best quarterback sin the nation in Drake Maye, expectations are decently high for Carolina this season. We shall see if they can live up to that, but there are reason to be excited about this season.

UNC’s Next Game: vs. South Carolina in Charlotte - Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on ABC

Conference Breakdown

  • SEC: 6
  • Big Ten: 5
  • Pac-12: 5
  • Big 12: 4
  • ACC: 3
  • AAC: 1
  • Independent: 1

Marquee Games This Week

  • Florida at #14 Utah - Thursday at 8 PM ET on ESPN
  • Colorado at #17 TCU - Saturday at 12 PM ET on FOX
  • West Virginia at #7 Penn State - Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on NBC
  • #5 LSU vs. #8 Florida State in Orlando - Sunday at 7:30 PM ET on ABC

Coaches’ Poll

  1. Georgia (61 first place votes)
  2. Michigan
  3. Alabama (4)
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. LSU
  6. USC
  7. Penn State
  8. Florida State
  9. Clemson
  10. Tennessee
  11. Washington
  12. Texas
  13. Notre Dame
  14. Utah
  15. Oregon
  16. TCU
  17. Kansas State
  18. Oregon State
  19. Oklahoma
  20. North Carolina
  21. Wisconsin
  22. Ole Miss
  23. Tulane
  24. Texas Tech
  25. Texas A&M