How High Can North Carolina Go in AP Football Rankings?

How High Can North Carolina Go in AP Football Rankings?
Fact Checked by Pat McLoone

Can Carolina Blue crash the College Football Playoffs? It’s a real possibility. The Tar Heels have fans fired up in this, the last year they won’t have mobile North Carolina sports betting to show their support.

North Carolina (6-0, 3-0 ACC), currently ranked No. 10 in the Associated Press Top 25 rankings, is tied with Florida State (6-0, 4-0 ACC) for the top spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). The Tar Heels are preparing for Saturday night's home contest versus Virginia (1-5, 0-2 ACC).

With an expected win, North Carolina would be 7-0 for the first time since 1997. That was head coach Mack Brown's last year at Chapel Hill during his first stint at the helm. You can see this season’s impact on North Carolina’s betting odds.

Brown also went 8-0 that season before losing to Florida State at home, 20-3, on Nov. 8. Brown and his squad finished that year with an 11-1 record after a 42-3 Gator Bowl victory against Virginia Tech.

It is very rare to see North Carolina football so high in the rankings. BetCarolina.com – your source for NC sports betting apps – used Sports-Reference.com to break down previous years when UNC was ranked in the top 10. In none of those years was UNC 9-0. 

When UNC Was Ranked in Top 10

North Carolina has been ranked in the top 10 a few times since 1996. Here is the history;

YearWeekHighest Rank Of Season
2021110
202075
2015138
1997104
1996136

The Roaring ‘20s at UNC

The Tar Heels have excelled in football in the 2020s, They have been in the top 10 in three of the four years, including 2020 (No. 5, week 7) and 2021 (No. 10, week 1).

After the Virginia game, North Carolina will visit Georgia Tech on Oct. 28, followed by a home contest against Campbell on Nov. 4. BetMGM Sportsbook lists UNC as a 23.5-point and -2500 moneyline favorite over Virginia with the over/under game total at 56.5 points. When online betting launches, you will want to be armed with a BetMGM bonus code North Carolina.

North Carolina will be heavy favorites in the next two games. With those expected wins, the Tar Heels would be 9-0 for the first time since 1914. Hated rival Duke, currently No. 16,  comes to town Nov. 11. That could be a game that boost QB Drake Maye’s Heisman odds.

Beware what history tells us, though. The last time the Tar Heels were 10-0: 1914. Who finally beat them? That would be Virginia, on the road, 20-3, in the last game of the season.

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Lou Monaco
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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media (NJ.com) in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.

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