North Carolina Tar Heels: 8th in the Football Polls


The North Carolina Tar Heels improved their poll position to eighth in the Week 13 Amway Coaches Poll

The North Carolina Tar Heels continued on their roll with a defeat of the NC State Wolfpack last Saturday. That sets up a showdown with the Clemson Tigers for all the stakes. The ACC Championship is there of course and so is any chance for the Tar Heels to gain some post-season relevance.

In this environment, the Amway Coaches Poll came out. Some of the chaos that the Tar Heels have been depending on played out over the weekend. Florida, Notre Dame, Baylor, Michigan, and Oklahoma State all lost and thus removed themselves as obstacles to a higher ranking for North Carolina. As a result the Tar Heels moved up to eight in the poll and eight in the Associated Press poll.

Above the Tar Heels are playoff favorites Michigan State, Oklahoma, and of course Alabama and Clemson. Also up there are Iowa and Ohio State. Already the sports talk radio stations are debating the relative merits of Ohio State and North Carolina in the event that the Tar Heels bounce the Clemson Tigers in the ACC Championship game.

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A full playoff discussion awaits for a later time. The Tar Heels have done all they can since losing to South Carolina in week 1. Now they sit at number eight in the opinion polls looking to jump further.

Appalachian State is still gathering votes outside the poll. The Mountaineers beat the Ragin Cajuns and still are rooting for Arkansas State to slip up somewhere.

Week 13 Amway Coaches Poll

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1. Clemson Tigers (first place votes — 52)
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (8)
3. Iowa Hawkeyes (1)
4. Oklahoma Sooners (2)
5. Michigan State Spartans
6. Ohio State Buckeyes
7. Stanford Cardinal
8. North Carolina Tar Heels
9. Florida State Seminoles
10. Notre Dame Fighting Irish
11. TCU Horned Frogs
12. Baylor Bears
13. Northwestern Wildcats
14. Oklahoma State Cowboys
15. Florida Gators
16. Oregon Ducks
17. Ole Miss Rebels
18. Houston Cougars
19. Michigan Wolverines
20. Utah Utes
21. Temple Owls
22. Navy Midshipmen
23. LSU Tigers
24. USC Trojans
25. Wisconsin Badgers

Others receiving votes:

Georgia 82, Western Kentucky 22, UCLA 20, Memphis 14, San Diego State 14, Washington State 13, Brigham Young 13, Mississippi State 9, Tennessee 8, West Virginia 8, Arkansas State 7, Toledo 6, Appalachian State Mountaineers 5, Texas A&M 2, Bowling Green 1.