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AP Top 25 Poll - Week Seven

How far did the Heels fall after their loss to Virginia Tech? A closer look at this week’s AP Top 25 Poll.

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

It is hard to believe that close to half of the college football season is already over. The top five teams remain the same in the AP poll, while the rest of the teams in the top 25 continue to reshuffle. There are four Big Ten teams in the top 10 this week, which is the first time that has happened since 1960. How far did the Tar Heels fall after their home loss to Virginia Tech? Let’s take a closer look at this week’s AP Top 25 poll.

AP Top 25 Poll

  1. Alabama (56) 6-0
  2. Ohio State (2) 5-0
  3. Clemson (2) 6-0
  4. Michigan (1) 6-0
  5. Washington 6-0
  6. Texas A&M 6-0
  7. Louisville 4-1
  8. Wisconsin 4-1
  9. Tennessee 5-1
  10. Nebraska 5-0
  11. Baylor 5-0
  12. Ole Miss 3-2
  13. Houston 5-1
  14. Florida State 4-2
  15. Boise State 5-0
  16. Miami 4-1
  17. Virginia Tech 4-1
  18. Florida 4-1
  19. Oklahoma 3-2
  20. West Virginia 4-0
  21. Utah 5-1
  22. Arkansas 4-2
  23. Auburn 4-2
  24. Western Michigan 6-0
  25. Navy 4-1

Where is UNC?

After the 34-3 home loss to Virginia Tech, the Heels fell all the way to No. 27. For some reason, Pat Caputo (The Oakland Press) had UNC ranked at No. 12. That is really nice of him, but come on, No. 12? He had the Tar Heels ranked ten spots higher than Virginia Tech. I just have to assume this was a mistake, and that he totally missed watching Saturday’s game or thought it was cancelled because of the hurricane.

UNC has a chance to climb back into the top 25 next week with a victory over No. 16 Miami.

Heisman Watch

Well, talking about a potential Heisman candidate was fun while it lasted for UNC fans. Mitch Trubisky had a tough time, along with the rest of the UNC offense, against Bud Foster’s defense on Saturday.

Could this be a race between two quarterbacks in the ACC? Right now, I would give the edge to Lamar Jackson, but Deshaun Watson has the skills and talent to catch him. It will certainly be fun to watch in the second half of the season.

College Football Poller-coaster

Up: Florida State (9 spots), Virginia Tech (8 spots), Auburn (6 spots)

Down: Houston (7 spots), Miami (6 spots), Arkansas (6 spots)

Welcome and Goodbye

Newcomers to top 25: Auburn (#23), Western Michigan (#24), Navy (#25)

- This is the first time in school history that Western Michigan has been ranked.

Out of the top 25: UNC, Stanford, Colorado

Best Top 25 Games of the Week

#1-Alabama at #9-Tennessee - Is there any magic left in the tank for Tennessee?

#12-Ole Miss at #22-Arkansas - A battle to see who will finish behind Alabama in the SEC West.

#2-Ohio State at #8-Wisconsin - Does Wisconsin belong in the top 10? A good test vs. OSU to find out.

How are UNC’s opponents doing?

Georgia (4-2): Won 28-14 over South Carolina last week.

Illinois (1-4): Lost 34-31 to Purdue last week.

James Madison (5-1): Won 31-24 over William & Mary last week.

Pittsburgh (4-2): Won 37-34 over Georgia Tech last week.

Florida State (4-2): Won 20-19 over Miami last week.

Virginia Tech (4-1): Won 34-3 over UNC last week.

Miami (4-1): Lost 20-19 to Florida State last week.

Virginia (2-3): Bye last week.

Georgia Tech (3-3): Lost 37-34 to Pittsburgh last week.

Duke (3-3): Won 13-6 over Army last week.

Citadel (5-0): Won 38-14 over North Greenville University last week.

NC State (4-1): Won 10-3 over Notre Dame last week.

What are they thinking? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jonny Miller (WBZ Newsradio 1030) - NC State at #22?

Josh Kendall (The State) - Oklahoma #10? LSU at #18?

Dave Southern (The Idaho Statesman) - Wake Forest at #25?

Conference Breakdown

ACC - 5 teams

Big Ten - 4 teams (all four are in the top 10)

Big 12 - 3 teams

Pac-12 - 2 teams

SEC - 7 teams