On Tuesday, the initial ranking of the top 25 college football playoff standings was released. The North Carolina Tar Heels rank 17th with a 7-1 record. Despite their only loss at the hands of an unranked Notre Dame team, UNC was still in the top 20.
As should come as no surprise, the Clemson Tigers were the highest-ranked ACC team at No. 4 overall. Joining the ACC Tigers and Tar Heels are No. 20 Syracuse, No. 21 Wake Forest and No. 22 North Carolina State.
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With the first rankings revealed, we break down the early reactions with the most overrated and underrated teams. Where does that put Mack Brown and UNC?
No. 6 Alabama Crimson Tide
Alabama registers as an overrated first team at No. 6 in the initial CFP standings. They barely beat the Texas Longhorns and Texas A&M Aggies. While you can justify the team being in the top 10 with their 7-1 record, that seems too high for them.
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Horned Frogs No. 7 TCU
It’s certainly a team no one expected to see in the top 10 at the start of the season, but the Frogs are undefeated and lead the Big 12 Conference. TCU has won four straight matchups against then-ranked opponents this season and has at least one more on the schedule with Texas in two weeks. At a minimum, this is a team that should be ranked ahead of Alabama.
LSU Tigers No. 10
The highest-ranked team with two losses in the initial poll is the one that has you scratching your head. Being above Ole Miss makes sense with the one-on-one victory. But they were strangled by No. 1 Tennessee and a loss to unranked Florida State. Should they be classified? Yeah, but maybe number 10 is just too high for my liking.
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North Carolina Tar Heels #17
UNC lands in the top 20 but behind several two-game losing teams in the standings. The Tar Heels’ lone loss comes against Notre Dame, which just choked No. 22 Syracuse, 41-24. A top 15 ranking seems more appropriate for this Tar Heels team.
No. 15 Penn State Nittany Lions
This year Penn State is doing exactly what you would expect against unranked foes, they are a perfect 6-0. In those games, the Nittany Lions outscore the opposition 217-91. However, they lost both matchups to ranked opponents. James Franklin’s team lost to Michigan by 24 and Ohio State by 13. No. 15 is too high for the team from Happy Valley.
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No. 24 Texas Longhorns
The Longhorns are the only three-game losing team to make the CFP’s initial top 25. In their three losses, they held second-half leads in all of them. Against Alabama, they led by two with 1:29 left in the game. Against Texas Tech, the Longhorns led 31-17 with 4:27 in the third quarter before the Red Raiders went on a 20-3 run the rest of the way. Sark’s team also led Oklahoma State 34-24 with 2:10 left in the third before a 17-0 Cowboys run to win. Texas is 0-2 against ranked opponents, blowing leads in both games. I’m scratching my head at the rankings.
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