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AP Top 25: Football and Basketball

The men’s basketball team drops a few spots in the Week Five rankings

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Football

On the football side of the polls, not much to report for the North Carolina Tar Heels. The College Football Playoff is set, with No. 4 Washington taking on No. 1 Alabama in the Playoff Semifinal at the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, and No. 3 Ohio State facing off against No. 2 Clemson in the Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl.

Here’s how the AP Poll went down for Week 15:

  1. Alabama (61) 13-0
  2. Ohio State 11-1
  3. Clemson 12-1
  4. Washington 12-1
  5. Penn State 11-2
  6. Michigan 10-2
  7. Oklahoma 10-2
  8. Wisconsin 10-3
  9. USC 9-3
  10. Florida State 9-3
  11. Colorado 10-3
  12. Western Michigan 13-0
  13. Oklahoma State 9-3
  14. West Virginia 10-2
  15. Louisville 9-3
  16. Stanford 9-3
  17. Auburn 8-4
  18. Virginia Tech 9-4
  19. LSU 7-4
  20. Florida 8-4
  21. Iowa 8-4
  22. Pittsburgh 8-4
  23. Temple 10-3
  24. Nebraska 9-3
  25. South Florida 10-2

Here’s the breakdown by conference:

  • ACC: 5 teams
  • American: 2 teams
  • Big Ten: 6 teams
  • Big 12: 3 teams
  • Mid-American: 1 team
  • Pac-12: 4 teams
  • SEC: 4 teams

The only game on the schedule this week is the Army-Navy game. The Midshipmen fell from the AP Poll after losing to Temple in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game last week. They are ranked #25 in the College Football Playoff poll. The military academies will face off this Saturday at 3:00 PM at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

Basketball

The traditional powerhouses of college basketball are back at the top of the polls. Via ESPN:

After UNC’s loss at Indiana and win at home against Radford, the Heels are at #7 in the AP Poll. Here’s the entire poll:

  1. Villanova (57) 8-0
  2. UCLA (2) 9-0
  3. Kansas 7-1
  4. Baylor (6) 8-0
  5. Duke 8-1
  6. Kentucky 7-1
  7. North Carolina 8-1
  8. Gonzaga 8-0
  9. Indiana 7-1
  10. Creighton 8-0
  11. Louisville 7-1
  12. Saint Mary's 6-0
  13. Xavier 7-1
  14. Virginia 7-1
  15. West Virginia 6-1
  16. Butler 8-0
  17. Wisconsin 7-2
  18. Purdue 6-2
  19. South Carolina 8-0
  20. Arizona 6-2
  21. Florida 7-1
  22. Cincinnati 7-1
  23. Notre Dame 8-0
  24. Oregon 7-2
  25. Iowa State 5-2

Here’s the breakdown by conference:

  • ACC: 5 teams
  • American: 1 team
  • Big East: 4 teams
  • Big Ten: 3 teams
  • Big 12: 4 teams
  • Pac-12: 3 teams
  • SEC: 3 teams
  • West Coast: 2 teams

Top 25 Games this Week

Last night, the #21 Florida Gators took on the #5 Duke Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Duke won 84-74 at the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden.

On Saturday, #1 Villanova will take on #23 Notre Dame in a noon game at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. At 4:30, #22 Cincinnati will play #16 Butler at the Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The Heels have two home games this week. On Wednesday, UNC will play Davidson in a 9:00 PM game. On Sunday, the Heels take on the Volunteers, as Tennessee will travel to Chapel Hill for a 5:00 PM match up.