UNC ranks 4th on analyst ACC football rankings

Despite a 3-0 start and a statement win over Minnesota, the North Carolina Tar Heels ranks fourth on sports analyst Eric Mac Lain’s Atlantic Coast Conference football rankings.

UNC is still looking for their respect, ranking as the second-highest ACC team (No.17) behind FSU (No. 4) on the AP Top 25 poll. On the list, Lain lists FSU, Duke, and Miami ahead of UNC.

Duke is debatable, being one spot behind the Tar Heels, and have been off to a great start, but the Hurricanes storming ahead is questionable. Miami is also 3-0, but outside of a non-ranked Texas A&M team, the level of competition has yet to match UNC’s.

UNC will get a chance to earn their respect, with the ACC part of the schedule on the horizon. It does boil well for the Tar Heels to see ACC teams represented in higher regard on their schedule.

If UNC can knock off Miami, Duke, and Clemson, expect the Tar Heels to claim the top spot on Lain’s list and many others.

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