Week 4 AP Football Poll: State Hangs In, Duke Out


The new AP Football Poll is a new low for the schools for North Carolina. Not only did Duke leave the others receiving votes column, but NC State saw a decrease in their number of votes. I have no real explanation for that other than other teams are generating more buzz than the Wolfpack right now. The ACC also lost Georgia Tech to the twenties, which may have devalued the Coastal Division as a whole.

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The non Power 5 conferences again are only represented by independent BYU. The Cougars are sitting at number 22 right now. Houston, Memphis, Temple, and Boise State got votes but are not in the poll itself.

North Carolina’s win over Illinois attracted no votes from the Associated Press. The Tar Heels were hurt by South Carolina’s crushing loss to Georgia over the weekend. A victory over Delaware next weekend will not raise the Tar Heels’ chances of attracting votes in the short term.

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The Northwestern Wildcats jumped to Number 17 after their victory over the Duke Blue Devils, which also knocked Duke from consideration by the voters. Georgia Tech will still be a top 20 team when they play Duke, but a Duke victory would likely take the Yellow Jackets out of the poll by the time they play North Carolina. It would also not be a guarantee to get Duke into the poll, probably just enough to gather votes again.

State got dealt a blow to poll rising as Louisville will likely be 1-3 or 0-4 when they play the Wolfpack so that victory will not gain much momentum.

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  • Week 4 AP Football Poll

    1. Ohio State Buckeyes
    2. Michigan State Spartans
    3. Ole Miss Rebels
    TCU Horned Frogs
    5. Baylor Bears
    6. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
    7. Georgia Bulldogs
    8. LSU Tigers
    9. UCLA Bruins
    10. Florida State Seminoles
    11. Clemson Tigers
    12. Alabama Crimson Tide
    13. Oregon Ducks
    14. Texas A&M Aggies
    15. Oklahoma Sooners
    16. Arizona Wildcats
    17. Northwestern Wildcats
    18. Utah Utes
    19. USC Trojans
    20. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
    21. Stanford Cardinal
    22. Wisconsin Badgers
    BYU Cougars
    24. Oklahoma State Cowboys
    25. Missouri Tigers

    Others receiving votes:

    Mississippi State 52, West Virginia 48, Tennessee 45, California 38, Toledo 36, Arizona State 25, Houston 22, Texas Tech 20, Auburn 20, Temple 20, Boise State 17, Miami (FL) 13, Iowa 10, Kansas State 8, Florida 7, NC State Wolfpack 5, Virginia Tech 4, Minnesota 4, Memphis 1

    Next: FBS Scoreboard: North Carolina Week 3