AP Poll Week 12: What’s right and wrong

A lot of postponements, cancelations due to COVID-19 shook up this weeks poll

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OLIVER MCKENNA | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

No. 11 Oregon keeps their top 25 ranking after defeating the Cougs Nov. 14 in Martin Stadium.

KURIA POUNDS, Evergreen columnist

The AP Poll released its rankings for week 12 of the college football season after a week of several cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19. Despite the road bumps, college football still happened for many teams.

No. 2 Notre Dame showed out in their “trap game” against Boston College, winning 45-31 on the road.

No. 12 Miami and No. 20 Southern California avoided upsets in their games this weekend by the skin of their teeth.

No. 15 Marshall and Coastal Carolina still lead their Group of Five conferences with undefeated records as well.

With this past weekend of college football finally wrapping up, here is what is right and what is wrong with the AP Poll.

What is right with the poll:

No. 21 Liberty is a dangerous team right now after they slightly moved up in the rankings with an 8-0 record. The Flames are like No. 8 Brigham Young University because they’re not in a conference, but with wins against Syracuse and Virginia Tech on the road, this team is slowly on the rise.

No. 19 Northwestern looks better and better each week, and like I said last week, this team is No. 10 Wisconsin’s “team to beat” in the Big Ten West division. The Wildcats start out 4-0 and look to be the biggest threat to the Badgers.

Miami needed to fall three spots after almost losing to Virginia Tech this weekend. Back-to-back weeks, the Hurricanes have come close to being upset by NC State and VT. The Hokies were up 24-13 at one point, and Miami had to crawl their way back to a win. Miami looks more and more like a fraud for the ACC each week.

What is wrong with the poll:

No. 6 Florida has to move above No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 4 Clemson after their impressive performance against Arkansas on Saturday. Redshirt senior quarterback Kyle Trask looked like a Heisman candidate this weekend, throwing five touchdowns in the first half and then finishing with 356 passing yards. The Gators need their respect after impressive routs in back-to-back weeks.

North Carolina deserves to be in the top 25 after beating Wake Forest on Saturday. The Tar Heels have had a couple of bad losses, but they look better than No. 23 Auburn right now, so move UNC in the top 25. North Carolina was previously in the top 25 this season, and after losses to Florida State and Virginia, this team looks very dangerous. They are one of the highest-scoring teams in the country and their offense is clicking, so put them in.

Notable matchups for this week:

No. 25 Tulsa plays Tulane at 4:30 p.m. Thursday on ESPN

No. 9 Indiana faces No. 3 Ohio State at 9 a.m. Saturday on FOX

No. 15 Coastal Carolina hosts Appalachian State at 9 a.m. Saturday on ESPN2

No. 7 Cincinnati plays University of Central Florida at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN

No. 19 Northwestern faces No. 10 Wisconsin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC

No. 17 Iowa State hosts Kansas State at 1 p.m. Saturday on FOX

No. 14 Oklahoma State plays No. 18 Oklahoma at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on ABC

No. 21 Liberty faces NC State at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3

Utah hosts No. 20 USC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN