Bounce-back has not been an issue for Appalachian State’s football team.

The Mountaineers won 56-37 over Coastal Carolina one week after winning at North Carolina. App. State scored 56 again on Saturday, passing another test with a 56-27 victory at Georgia State one week after its big win at South Carolina.

There is no knocking the Mountaineers’ 9-1 record at this point. It is impressive, and has them in complete control as the best team in North Carolina.

Here are the updated rankings:

1. Appalachian State

Record: 9-1.

Why No. 1? The win against a solid Georgia State team featured three different App. State players scoring a rushing touchdown. The visitors rushed for a total of 280 yards on 46 carries.

2. Wake Forest

Record: 7-3.

Why No. 2? Clemson did it to N.C. State last week and then the same versus Wake Forest. The motivated Tigers easily beat Wake 52-3, leaving the Demon Deacons with consecutive losses heading into a game against Duke.

3. North Carolina

Record: 4-6.

Why No. 3? It was another game for UNC that easily could have been a win. But it was a close loss — 34-27 at Pittsburgh — for the Tar Heels in their quest for a bowl bid. They have to beat Mercer and N.C. State, which they should, to make a bowl.

4. Duke

Record: 4-6.

Why No. 4? Aside from Appalachian State, it was not a good weekend for North Carolina college football teams. Add Duke’s 49-6 defeat to Syracuse to the list.

5. N.C. State

Record: 4-6.

Why No. 5? Completing the trio of 4-6 teams is the Wolfpack. State was actually leading Louisville at halftime, 10-7 in Raleigh, before yielding 20 points to the Cardinals in the third quarter proved costly.

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