As voted on by writers at The Charlotte Observer (Ron Green Jr. and Ken Tysiac), The State (Seth Emerson and Paul Strelow) and the Raleigh News & Observer (J.P. Giglio and Edward G. Robinson III). School, points, ranking last week (first place votes in parentheses)
1. Florida, (6) 144, 1
Vols disproved the myth that the Gators are invincible.
2. Alabama, 138, 2
Opponents are averaging 1.5 yards per carry.
3. Ole Miss, 128, 3
Darling of preseason rankings finally gets tested tonight at S.C.
4. LSU, 126, 4
QB Jordan Jefferson is off to a good start.
5. Miami, 123, 8
Jacory Harris looks as good as that other QB in Florida.
6. Virginia Tech, 113, T5
Must prove the guard is not changing in the Coastal.
7. Georgia, 106, 7
The wait has been worth it for QB Joe Cox.
8. Florida State, 103, 12
South Florida's a lot less formidable without Matt Grothe.
9 (tie). North Carolina, 87, 10
This time it's Georgia Tech with extra time to prepare.
9 (tie). Georgia Tech, 87, T5
Nine-day layoff is key; Yellow Jackets were exhausted at Miami.
11. South Carolina, 83, 9
Stephen Garcia seems to be finding his stride.
12. Clemson, 76, 14
The rankings favor TCU. Tiger fans and the oddsmakers disagree.
13. Auburn, 70, 13
Offense (42.3 ppg) has been impressive so far.
14. Tennessee, 67, 11
Kiffin's yapping is tiresome, but team is better than last year.
15. Kentucky, 57, 16
Has lost 22 in a row to Florida, and that's not about to change.
16. N.C. State, 55, T17
Seems like ages since the Pack's played a game worth watching.
17. Arkansas, 53, 15
You think Rich Rodriguez regrets letting Ryan Mallett get away from Michigan?
18. Wake Forest, 43, 20
Anemic BC is perfect opponent for young defense's ACC opener.
19. Mississippi St., 41, 21
Schedule is brutal the rest of the way.
20. Boston College, 35, 19
Jeff Jagodzinski got himself fired at the right time.
21. Vanderbilt, 28, T17
Bobby Johnson's magic seems to be wearing off.
22. Maryland, 19, 22
Poor recruiting is catching up to the Terps.
23. Duke 12, 23
It will take more than Desmond Scott to fix Devils' rushing woes.
24. Virginia 6, 24
Al Groh can't possibly recover from 0-3 start.
- Ken Tysiac