Carolina falls in AP Top 25 football poll

By R.L. Bynum

North Carolina joined seven other ranked teams to lose Saturday and fall in the AP Top 25 poll, with the Tar Heels fell five spots to No. 18.

UNC (9–2, 6–1 ACC) was one of only three in that group to lose at home (also UCLA and Central Florida) and one of only two to fall against a team with a losing record (also Central Florida).

It’s the lowest ranking for the Tar Heels since they were No. 21 in Week 9.

Georgia Tech (5–6, 4–4 ACC) came to Kenan Stadium and stunned UNC (9–2, 6–1) to end the Tar Heels’ six-game winning streak and any hope of making the College Football Playoff. Carolina, which faces N.C. State (7–4, 3–4) in Chapel Hill at 3:30 p.m. Friday (ESPN2), can still win the ACC title by knocking off Clemson (10–1, 8–0) and earn an Orange Bowl berth.

If Carolina had beaten the Jackets, they probably would have moved up at least a couple of spots.


The Tigers jumped from No. 9 to No. 7 after rolling to a 40–10 home victory over Miami.

Ranking UNC the highest at No. 12 was Brian Fonseca of the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J. Two voters, Rick Wright of the Albuquerque Journal and former Herald-Sun sportswriter Mike Berardino of the South Bend Tribune, left UNC off their ballots.

Joe Giglio of WCMC (99.9 the Fan) in Raleigh has UNC No. 14, David Thompson of the Fayetteville Observer has the Heels No. 17 and Steve Wiseman of The News & Observer ranked UNC No 21.

AP Top 25

RankTeamChangePoll points
(first-place votes)
1Georgia (11–0)1,574 (62)
2Ohio State (11–0)1,507 (1)
3Michigan (11–0)1,446
4TCU (11–0)1,395
5USC (10–1)+21,293
6LSU (9–2)1,241
7Clemson (10–1)+21,152
8Alabama (9–2)1,131
9Tennessee (9–2)-41,058
10Oregon (9–2)+21,009
11Penn State (9–2)994
12Washington (9–2)+3879
13Notre Dame (8–3)+5710
14Utah (8–3)-4709
15Kansas State (8–3)+4697
16Florida State (8–3)+4579
17UCLA (8–3)-1562
18North Carolina (9–2)-5464
19Tulane (9–2)+2441
20Ole Miss (8–3)-6395
21Cincinnati (9–2)+1353
22Oregon State (8–3)=3271
23Coastal Carolina (9–1)186
24Texas (7–4)128
25UCF (8–3)-887

Others receiving votes: UTSA 85, South Carolina 44, Troy 34, Boise State 16, Illinois 12, Iowa 5, Louisville 5, South Alabama 3, Mississippi State 3, Oklahoma State 2, Arkansas 2, Purdue 2, Fresno State 1. Point values in parentheses indicate the number of first-place votes.

(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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