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AP Top 25: Week Four

Where did the Tar Heels end up ranked after beating Minnesota?

NCAA Football: Minnesota at North Carolina Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

There weren’t a ton of marquee matchups on paper going into last weekend, but — as usual — that didn’t seem to stop college football from having an interesting weekend. There was Missouri hitting a 60+ yard field goal at the gun to beat Kansas State. There was Alabama somewhat inexplicably struggling with a South Florida team that’s been pretty poor in recent years. Florida State nearly let a multi-score lead slip away against Boston College. Oh, and then there’s Colorado — who have a new coach, I hear — beating Colorado State in overtime.

North Carolina’s weekend was less eventful than that, as they beat Minnesota by 18. There were some moments where the Golden Gophers looked like they were going to take things right down to the wire. However, 400+ passing yards from Drake Maye and some timely stops from the defense ensured that UNC pulled away in time.

With another weekend of the season in the book, let’s take a look at where things stand in this week’s AP Top 25 rankings.

AP Top 25

  1. Georgia (57 first place votes)
  2. Michigan (2)
  3. Texas (3)
  4. Florida State (1)
  5. USC
  6. Ohio State
  7. Penn State
  8. Washington
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Oregon
  11. Utah
  12. LSU
  13. Alabama
  14. Oregon State
  15. Ole Miss
  16. Oklahoma
  17. North Carolina
  18. Duke
  19. Colorado
  20. Miami (FL)
  21. Washington State
  22. UCLA
  23. Tennessee
  24. Iowa
  25. Florida

Where is UNC?

Last week’s poll saw the Tar Heels fall three spots after needing two overtimes to put away Appalachian State. Thanks to a much more comfortable win over Minnesota this past weekend, Carolina went right back up three spots. UNC is back up to #17 in this week’s rankings.

Next Week: at Pitt - Saturday at 8 PM ET on ACC Network

Biggest Winners

There wasn’t a ton of movement in the top ten, but there were some mid-sized rises and drops below that. Besides UNC, three other teams moved up three spots: Oregon, Oklahoma, and Duke. Meanwhile, Florida have cracked the rankings after taking down Tennessee.

Biggest Losers

Thanks to said loss to Florida, the Volunteers dropped a week-high 12 places. Kansas State went from #15 to unranked after being on the business end of that 61-yard field goal by Missouri. Alabama also continued to fall into some uncharted territory (for them) after struggling with South Florida.

Conference Breakdown

  • Pac-12: 8
  • SEC: 6
  • ACC: 4
  • Big Ten: 4
  • Big 12: 2
  • Independent: 1

Marquee Matchups This Week

  • #19 Colorado (3-0) at #10 Oregon (3-0) - Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on ABC
  • #22 UCLA (3-0) at #11 Utah (3-0) - Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on FOX
  • #15 Ole Miss (3-0) at #13 Alabama (2-1) - Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS
  • #24 Iowa (3-0) at #7 Penn State (3-0) - Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on CBS
  • #6 Ohio State (3-0) at #9 Notre Dame (4-0) - Saturday at 7:30 PM ET on NBC

Coaches Poll

  1. Georgia (62 first place votes)
  2. Michigan (1)
  3. Florida State
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. USC
  6. Texas
  7. Penn State
  8. Washington
  9. Notre Dame
  10. Utah
  11. Oregon
  12. Alabama
  13. LSU
  14. Oklahoma
  15. Oregon State
  16. Ole Miss
  17. North Carolina
  18. Duke
  19. Colorado
  20. Tennessee
  21. Miami (FL)
  22. Iowa
  23. Clemson
  24. Washington State
  25. UCLA