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Where will the Tar Heels land in this week’s AP Top 25 Polls?

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Tulane Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels football team suffered a bad loss this past Thursday to a winless (in the ACC) Duke team, but how much would the loss drop the Heels in this week’s poll? With a Kansas loss and a pretty impressive showing in their first two games of the season, would UNC move up in the AP Top 25 basketball poll? After a crazy weekend in college football, what will the College Football Playoff rankings look like after Alabama at number one? With college basketball and football overlapping one another, what are the top games to watch this upcoming week?

Let’s take a closer look at this week’s AP Top 25 Polls for both basketball and football.

AP Top 25 Poll - Basketball

  1. Duke (58) 2-0
  2. Kentucky (1) 2-0
  3. Villanova (5) 1-0
  4. Oregon 1-0
  5. UNC 2-0
  6. Indiana (1) 1-0
  7. Kansas 0-1
  8. Virginia 1-0
  9. Wisconsin 1-0
  10. Arizona 1-0
  11. Xavier 1-0
  12. Louisville 1-0
  13. Michigan State 0-1
  14. Gonzaga 1-0
  15. Purdue 1-0
  16. UCLA 2-0
  17. St. Mary’s 1-0
  18. Syracuse 1-0
  19. West Virginia 1-0
  20. Iowa State 1-0
  21. Rhode Island 1-0
  22. Creighton 1-0
  23. Texas 1-0
  24. Cincinnati 1-0
  25. California 1-0

AP Top 25 Poll - Football

  1. Alabama (61) 10-0
  2. Ohio State 9-1
  3. Louisville 9-1
  4. Michigan 9-1
  5. Clemson 9-1
  6. Wisconsin 8-2
  7. Washington 9-1
  8. Oklahoma 8-2
  9. Penn State 8-2
  10. West Virginia 8-1
  11. Utah 8-2
  12. Colorado 8-2
  13. Oklahoma State 8-2
  14. Western Michigan 10-0
  15. USC 7-3
  16. LSU 6-3
  17. Florida State 7-3
  18. Auburn 7-3
  19. Nebraska 8-2
  20. Washington State 8-2
  21. Florida 7-2
  22. Boise State 9-1
  23. Texas A&M 7-3
  24. San Diego State 9-1
  25. Troy 8-1

Where is UNC?

After losing 28-27 to Duke last Thursday night, the Tar Heels fell 12 spots to #27. UNC will have a tough time climbing back into the top 25 this week with the Citadel on their schedule.

The UNC basketball team climbed up one spot to #5, after their two wins against Chattanooga and Tulane. The Heels will look to remain in the top five with a game against Long Beach State, before heading to Hawaii for a nice business trip.

College Football Playoff Rankings

UNC Bowl Projections

Jerry Palm of CBS Sports - TaxSlayer Bowl vs. Florida

Colin Becht of Sports Illustrated - Belk Bowl vs. LSU

Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports - Belk Bowl vs. South Carolina

Poller-coaster

In football, UNC and Virginia Tech were the only two teams to fall from the top 25. They were replaced by Troy and San Diego State.

In basketball, Maryland and UCONN both fell from the top 25. Cincinnati and California replaced the Terrapins and Huskies at #24 and #25.

Here are some of the biggest movers (up and down) in this week’s AP Top 25 polls:

Football: USC - up 11 spots, Auburn - down 10 spots, Texas A&M - down 13 spots

Basketball: Indiana - up 5 spots, Kansas - down 4 spots, Xavier - down 4 spots

Best Top 25 Games of the Week - Football

#3-Louisville at Houston: The hype for this game faded with Houston’s two losses, but it still should be an entertaining matchup.

#20-Washington State at #12-Colorado: Battle between two of the best teams in the Pac-12.

#8-Oklahoma at #10-West Virginia: Will Oklahoma make their way back into the College Football Playoffs top four?

Best Top 25 Games of the Week - Basketball

Madison Square Garden and the Champions Classic will showcase the biggest games of the week with Duke taking on Kansas and Michigan State playing Kentucky, but here are some other top 25 games this week.

Monmouth at #18-Syracuse: Will King Rice and Monmouth be able to replicate the season they had last year, and not just the end-of-the-bench dance routines?

#9-Wisconsin at #22-Creighton: I assume we will all be rooting for Wisconsin in this game.

Yale at #8-Virginia: Not just an intriguing match-up in a debate competition, but a pretty good non-conference game early in the season.

What are they thinking? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Craig Meyer (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette): No Vote at #25? No Vote has more points than Boston College in this week’s poll.

Jon Rothstein (CBS Sports): UNC at #11? Seth Davis has UNC at #9, so what does CBS have against the Heels this season?

Josh Kendall (The State): Florida State at #6? Clemson at #10? Which team is the one with three losses?

Conference Breakdown - Football

ACC - 3 teams

Big Ten - 5 teams

Big 12 - 3 teams

Pac-12 - 5 teams

SEC - 5 teams

Conference Breakdown - Basketball

ACC - 5 teams

Big East - 3 teams

Big Ten - 4 teams

Big 12 - 4 teams

Pac-12 - 4 teams

SEC - 1 team