Tar Heels drop out of AP Poll after loss to Clemson

UNC had a tall task ahead on Saturday, trying to beat Clemson for the first time since 2010. To make matters even more difficult, the Tar Heels hadn’t won IN Clemson since 2001.

Carolina started hot, but ultimately failed in a 31-20 defeat. Running back Omarion Hampton, who enjoyed his sixth game over 100 rushing yards (19 carries, 178 rushing yards, two touchdowns), now sits atop the FBS and third in UNC single-season rushing yardage.

With their loss, the Tar Heels dropped out of the latest AP Poll.

They were at 22nd last week after a double-overtime against Duke, but couldn’t replicate that same success in South Carolina.

A win at N.C. State next weekend might be enough to put UNC back in the AP Poll. Tennessee is ranked 25th as a 4-loss team, so there’s some hope in Chapel Hill.

At this point in the season, rankings don’t matter for the Tar Heels. They were 6-0 and on the fringe of the College Football Playoff picture, then lost two straight games. An ACC Championship was still in the picture, but that went out the window with yesterday’s loss and Louisville win.

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