UNC Ranked No. 22

Chapel Hill, N.C. --- The North Carolina football team is back in the Associated Press Top 25 poll for the first time 2001. The Tar Heels received 196 votes to make their debut this season at No. 22 in the weekly poll.

Carolina was ranked No. 22 in the AP poll for one week in 2001, but fell out of the rankings after losing at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 1, 2001.

Carolina is not ranked in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Top 25 poll, falling just 10 points/votes shy.

Carolina faces unranked Notre Dame on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 3:30 pm at Kenan Stadium. The game against the Irish will be the first time the two schools have met when Carolina is ranked and Notre Dame is not. The Irish did receive votes in both polls.

Associated Press Top-25 College Football Poll

Team (First-place votes)RecordPointsPrevious Rank
1. Oklahoma Sooners (51) 5-0 1,608 1
2. Alabama Crimson Tide (13) 6-0 1,537 2
3. Missouri Tigers (1) 5-0 1,487 4
4. L-S-U Tigers 4-0 1,444 3
5. Texas Longhorns 5-0 1,374 5
6. Penn State Nittany Lions 6-0 1,287 6
7. Texas Tech Red Raiders 5-0 1,163 7
8. U-S-C Trojans 3-1 1,137 9
9. B-Y-U Cougars 5-0 1,103 8
10. Georgia Bulldogs 4-1 1,014 11
11. Florida Gators 4-1 977 12
12. Ohio State Buckeyes 5-1 931 14
13. Vanderbilt Commodores 5-0 833 19
14. Utah Utes 6-0 815 15
15. Boise State Broncos 4-0 677 17
16. Kansas Jayhawks 4-1 623 16
17. Oklahoma State Cowboys 5-0 565 21
18. Virginia Tech Hokies 5-1 485 20
19. South Florida Bulls 5-1 392 10
20. Auburn Tigers 4-2 236 13
21. Wake Forest Demon Deacons 3-1 205 25
22. North Carolina Tar Heels 4-1 196 NR
23. Michigan State Spartans 5-1 161 NR
24. Pittsburgh Panthers 4-1 121 NR
25. Ball State Cardinals 6-0 97 NR
Others receiving votes: Wisconsin 96, Tulsa 85, Illinois 81, California 80, Northwestern 78, T-C-U 70, Georgia Tech 59, Kentucky 49, Florida State 36, Notre Dame 6, Fresno State 5, Arizona 5, Oregon 4, Boston College 3.

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