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Danny Kanell Thinks 1 ACC Team Needs More Respect

Danny Kanell attends Super Bowl LIII Radio Row in 2019.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 31: Danny Kanell attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIII Radio Row on January 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

The No. 13 North Carolina Tar Heels are the lowest-ranked 9-1 team in the nation.

The red-hot ACC squad has plenty of doubters around the college football world. Many fans and analysts claim that the team's body of work doesn't boast enough quality wins to earn College Football Playoff consideration.

College football analyst Danny Kanell challenged that take with an interesting stat on Friday.

The collective record of North Carolina's opponents this year is 53-41 — better than the opponents of No. 4 TCU, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan and No. 7 USC.

Clemson is the next lowest 9-1 team with a No. 9 ranking. The Tigers' only loss of the year came against Notre Dame in blowout fashion. The Tar Heels also lost to the Fighting Irish, but with a more respectable final score.

UNC has a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in quarterback Drake Maye and a shot to win this year's ACC Championship.

If Mack Brown's team wins out, the college football world may be forced to recognize the Tar Heels as a legitimate College Football Playoff option.