By R.L. Bynum
Even though North Carolina’s game with Charlotte got canceled, the 1-0 Tar Heels still moved up in the latest Associated Press Top 25 football poll, thanks to Oklahoma State’s struggles.
The Tar Heels went from No. 12 to No. 11, which is the program’s highest rank since it was No. 8 heading into the 2015 ACC championship-game loss to Clemson.
Oklahoma State won its opener over Tulsa 16-7, but the Cowboys’ struggles led AP voters to drop them from No. 11 to No. 15, allowing UNC to slide up one slot.
Another ACC team to jump in the poll was Miami, which moved from No. 17 to No. 12 after the Hurricanes’ 47-34 road victory over Louisville.
The Tar Heels obviously stand to drop a few notches once Big Ten schools are eligible for poll consideration when that conference’s season starts late next month.
Carolina may have to depend on the misfortune of others to move up more in the poll next week. The school said Sunday that it was unable to schedule a game for next Saturday. For now, the Tar Heels’ next game is on Oct. 3 at Boston College.
AP Top 25
|1||Clemson (2-0)||1||ACC||1,523 (59)|
|2||Alabama (0-0)||2||SEC||1,458 (1)|
|3||Oklahoma (1-0)||3||Big 12||1,368|
|6||LSU (0-0)||6||SEC||1,221 (1)|
|7||Notre Dame (2-0)||7||ACC||1,200|
|8||Texas (1-0)||9||Big 12||1,037|
|10||Texas A&M (0-0)||10||SEC||972|
|11||North Carolina (1-0)||12||ACC||883|
|12||Miami (FL) (2-0)||17||ACC||816|
|13||UCF (1-0)||14||American Athletic||771|
|14||Cincinnati (1-0)||13||American Athletic||720|
|15||Oklahoma State (1-0)||11||Big 12||693|
|17||Memphis (1-0)||16||American Athletic||510|
|18||Brigham Young (1-0)||21||IA Independents||405|
|19||Louisiana-Lafayette (2-0)||19||Sun Belt||374|
|20||Virginia Tech (0-0)||20||ACC||350|
|22||Army (2-0)||22||IA Independents||296|
|25||Marshall (2-0)||Conference USA||108|
Others receiving votes:Baylor 89, West Virginia 59, SMU 57, TCU 30, Virginia 30, Boston College 23, Arkansas State 20, Mississippi State 6, UAB 5, Texas Tech 5, Ole Miss 4, Appalachian State 3, UTSA 2, Troy 1, Coastal Carolina 1