Closing in on Coastal title, UNC moves up on AP Top 25

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina, a win away from clinching the last ACC Coastal Division title, moved up two spots to No. 15 in the latest AP Top 25 poll.

The Tar Heels (8–1, 5–0 ACC) can put away the Coastal title and a spot in the Dec. 3 ACC championship game against Clemson (8–1, 6–0) with a victory at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Wake Forest (6–3, 2–3). While UNC comes off a 31–28 road win over Virginia, the Demon Deacons lost at N.C. State 30–21.

Carolina moved up one spot to No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches poll.

Wake Forest fell from No. 21 to unranked while the Wolfpack (7–2, 3–2) moved from No. 21 to No. 17. Syracuse (6–3, 3–2) fell from No. 20 to unranked after a 19–9 road loss to Pittsburgh (5–4, 2–3).

The Orange’s loss clinched the Atlantic Division title and a spot in the ACC title game for Clemson on a night that the Tigers, who slipped from No. 4 to No. 12, got blown out 35–14 at Notre Dame. The Irish returned to the poll at No. 20 and Florida State is back at No. 25 after blowing out Miami 45–3.

Helping the Tar Heels move up in addition to their win was Illinois’ 23–15 loss to Michigan State, which dropped the Illini from No. 16 to No. 21.

Ranking UNC the highest at No. 11 is Stephen Hargis of the Chattanooga Times-Free Press. Five votes, including Brett McMurphy of Stadium, have the Tar Heels No. 12. Ranking the Tar Heels the lowest is Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News at No. 13.

Joe Giglio of WCMC (99.9 The Fan) in Raleigh has UNC No. 15, N.C State No. 17 and Wake Forest No. 19. David Thompson of the Fayetteville Oberver has UNC No. 15, N.C. State No. 17 and Wake Forest unranked. Steve Wiseman, the Duke beat writer for The News & Observer, has UNC No. 16, N.C. State No. 17 and Wake Forest unranked.

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points
(first-place votes)
1Georgia (9-0)1,574 (62)
2Ohio State (9-0)1,500 (1)
3Michigan (9-0)+11,455
4TCU (9-0)+31,361
5Tennessee (8-1)-31,339
6Oregon (8-1)+21,258
7LSU (7-2)+81,132
8USC (8-1)+11,061
9UCLA (8-1)+11,040
10Alabama (7-2)-41,009
11Ole Miss (8-1)962
12Clemson (8-1)-7938
13Utah (7-2)-1881
14Penn State (7-2)+2735
15North Carolina (8-1)+2676
16Tulane (8-1)+3607
17N.C. State (7-2)+4547
18Texas (6-3)399
19Liberty (8-1)+4358
20Notre Dame (6-3)316
21Illinois (7-2)-7262
22UCF (7-2)+3257
23Kansas State (6-3)-10247
24Washington (7-2)187
25Florida State (6-3)78

Others receiving votes: Cincinnati 74, Kentucky 61, Coastal Carolina 46, Wake Forest 34, Oklahoma State 21, Baylor 19, Kansas 10, Mississippi State 8, South Carolina 6, Troy 5, UTSA 5, Louisville 3, Oregon State 3, San Jose State 1.

ACC standings

X-No. 13 North Carolina6091
Georgia Tech3446
Virginia 1637
Virginia Tech1628
X-No. 9 Clemson7091
No. 20 Florida State5373
N.C. State3373
Wake Forest2464
Boston College2537

X-Clinched division title
Saturday’s results
North Carolina 36, Wake Forest 34
Duke 24, Virginia Tech 7
Pittsburgh 37, Virginia 7
Miami 35, Georgia Tech 14
Clemson 31, Louisville 16
Boston College 21, N.C. State 20
Florida State 38, Syracuse 3
Saturday’s games
Louisiana at Florida State, noon, ESPN3
Virginia Tech at Liberty, noon, ESPN+
Duke at Pittsburgh, noon, ACC Network
Boston College at Notre Dame, 2:30, NBC
Miami at Clemson, 3:30, ESPN
N.C. State at Louisville, 3:30, ACC Network
Coastal Carolina at Virginia, 3:30, ESPN3
Georgia Tech at North Carolina, 5:30, ESPN2
Syracuse at Wake Forest, 8 p.m., ACC Network

(current rank)
27SaturdayW, 56–24HomeFlorida A&M1–0
3SaturdayW, 63–61BooneAppalachian State2–0
10SaturdayW, 35–28AtlantaGeorgia State 3–0
24SaturdayL, 45–32HomeNo. 19
Notre Dame
1SaturdayW, 41–10HomeVirginia Tech 4–1, 1–0 ACC
8SaturdayW, 27–24Miami
Gardens, Fla.
Miami 5–1, 2–0 ACC
15SaturdayW, 38–35DurhamDuke6–1, 3–0 ACC
29SaturdayW, 42–24HomePittsburgh7–1, 4–0 ACC
5SaturdayW, 31–28CharlottesvilleVirginia8–1, 5–0 ACC
12SaturdayW, 36–34Winston-SalemWake Forest 9–1, 6–0 ACC
19SaturdayL, 21–17HomeGeorgia Tech 9–2, 6–1 ACC
25FridayL, 30–27,
2 OTs
HomeNo. 25 N.C. State 9–3, 6–2 ACC
DecemberACC championship
3SaturdayL, 39–10CharlotteNo. 10 Clemson9–4
Holiday Bowl
28WednesdayL, 28–27San DiegoNo. 15 Oregon9–5

Photo via @UNCFootball


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