Clemson ranked and not UNC?
Posted November 16, 2009
Updated November 18, 2009
Three new teams enter my AP football poll this week. North Carolina (23rd) , Clemson (24th) and Stanford (15th).
Of the 60 voters across the country, there are far more who believe that Clemson deserves to be ranked more than North Carolina. The Tigers have 442 total points to the Tar Heels 144. Rutgers claimed the 25th ranking with 145 points.
Why is Clemson ranked 18th and UNC 26th?
Both beat Miami. Both lost to Georgia Tech. Both have a bad loss. (UNC to Virginia and Clemson lost to Maryland.) Clemson beat Florida State while the Tar Heels didn't but North Carolina won at Virginia Tech and Clemson doesn't play them.
The Tigers early season loss to TCU is looking like one of those "good" losses to a team that is now ranked 4th.
I gave UNC the nod one spot ahead of Clemson because of their recent wins over ranked Virginia Tech and Miami.
I'm in the minority having Texas number 1. Only 9 other voters agree. I did move Florida up to 2nd after their road win at South Carolina. TCU moves up 2 slots to 4th after blowing out Utah.
Stanford goes from unranked to 15th in my poll for that wood-shed beating they gave to Southern Cal.
Pretty interesting that one of the Stanford losses was at Wake Forest. THE lone loss for 8th ranked Pittsburgh was at N.C. State. You may see that in the ACC marketing notes this week.
So here's my latest AP vote...