UNC up to No. 11 in AP poll, its highest ranking since rising to No. 8 in 2015

By R.L. Bynum
@rl_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.

North Carolina's Javonte Williams (25) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown to give the Tar Heels' a 24-6 lead in the fourth quarter against Syracuse on Saturday.

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

RANKTEAMPV RANKCONFERENCEPOINTS
1Clemson (2-0)1ACC1,523 (59)
2Alabama (0-0)2SEC1,458 (1)
3Oklahoma (1-0)3Big 121,368
4Georgia (0-0)4SEC1,320
5Florida (0-0)5SEC1,239
6LSU (0-0)6SEC1,221 (1)
7Notre Dame (2-0)7ACC1,200
8Texas (1-0)9Big 121,037
8Auburn (0-0)8SEC1,037
10Texas A&M (0-0)10SEC972
11North Carolina (1-0)12ACC883
12Miami (FL) (2-0)17ACC816
13UCF (1-0)14American Athletic771
14Cincinnati (1-0)13American Athletic720
15Oklahoma State (1-0)11Big 12693
16Tennessee (0-0)15SEC529
17Memphis (1-0)16American Athletic510
18Brigham Young (1-0)21IA Independents405
19Louisiana-Lafayette (2-0)19Sun Belt374
20Virginia Tech (0-0)20ACC350
21Pittsburgh (2-0)25ACC315
22Army (2-0)22IA Independents296
23Kentucky (0-0)23SEC230
24Louisville (1-1)18ACC115
25Marshall (2-0)Conference USA108

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

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