Jim Hawkins, Inside Carolina

UNC Football Returns to Top 25

North Carolina is ranked No. 21 in both the AP and Coaches Poll this week.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- It took seven straight wins, but North Carolina has begun to receive the relevancy and respect it is seeking in 2015.

"Nobody wants to give us respect," UNC's record-setting quarterback Marquise Williams said after the Tar Heels won at No. 23 Pittsburgh on Thursday night.  "This was our opportunity to come in and get people's attention." 

The win indeed caught the attention of the voters, as UNC moved into the Top 25 at No. 21 in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls released on Sunday.

Despite the new ranking, sole possession of first place, and a pivotal rivalry game against Duke on Saturday, head coach Larry Fedora expects his team's mentality to stay the same.

“We feel like it’s been the same way since the first conference game we played, that we were in the driver’s seat," Fedora said. "And that’s the way we’re looking at it the whole time, is that we just take care of our business, one week at a time. We don’t look at it like we’re just now getting there, we felt like that from the beginning of the season, and that was our plan.

"But we’ve got more games to play, and we’ve got a really important one coming up, but I think our guys will handle it fine. I don’t think they’ll look at it any differently than we did the first week of the season.”

UNC hasn't been ranked this late in a season since 2009.

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