North Carolina was off in Week 8, but things couldn’t have gone much better for the Tar Heels.

UNC gained a half game in the Coastal standings on Miami and Pittsburgh — its two biggest competitors for the Coastal crown. North Carolina now enters Week 9 with at least a two-game lead on every other team in the division.

North Carolina also moved up one spot in this week’s coaches poll. The Tar Heels are now No. 21 nationally. They moved ahead of Kansas State, who slipped 5 spots after its loss to TCU this weekend, and Texas, who fell out of the poll after a loss to Oklahoma State. LSU jumped to No. 20 this week after picking up a top-10 win over Ole Miss.

The Tar Heels are now in great position for the rest of the season. UNC has Pittsburgh at home this weekend, and a win over the Panthers would nearly lock up the Coastal division before the calendar even flips to November.

It’s possible North Carolina could have a 3-game lead (including tiebreakers) over every other team in the division after next week’s slate. That would require UNC to beat Pitt and Florida State to defeat Georgia Tech.

Kickoff between UNC and Pitt next weekend is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.