ACC notebook: Heels back in poll
The ACC notebook …
NEW YORK ó North Carolina and Michigan State have something in common. Both dropped out of the Top 25 poll last week but are back in this week.
UNC is 21st this week and Michigan State 22nd.
At the top of this week’s poll, Texas Tech has its highest ranking in 32 years, and a chance to make another momentous leap coming up. The Red Raiders moved up to No. 6 as they get ready to host No. 1 Texas.
A second consecutive weekend when highly ranked teams ruled produced little change at the top of the media rankings.Texas is a unanimous No. 1 for the second week in a row, receiving all 65 first-place votes, and the rest of the top five remained the same: No. 2 Alabama, followed by Penn State, Oklahoma and Florida.
No. 7 Southern California slipped a spot after edging Arizona 17-10 on Saturday night. No. 8 Georgia moved up a spot heading into its huge SEC game against East Division fival Florida.
Injured North Carolina quarterback T.J. Yates is getting back to work ó sort of.
Coach Butch Davis said Sunday that he expects Yates to do some light throwing this week, but added that there’s “no expectation” yet that he has healed enough to play next week against Georgia Tech.
Saturday marks six weeks since Yates broke his left ankle Sept. 20 against Virginia Tech. The injury was expected to cost the quarterback six weeks. The 21st-ranked Tar Heels are off this week and play the Yellow Jackets on Nov. 8.
Davis said he expected Yates to throw a few balls and hopes he can take part in seven-on-seven drills by week’s end. But he said the team’s medical staff has yet to clear Yates to participate.