As voted on by writers from The State (Seth Emerson and Paul Strelow), The Charlotte Observer (Ron Green Jr. and Ken Tysiac) and the Raleigh News & Observer (Joseph Giglio and Edward Robinson).
Team; Votes; Last week
1. Florida (4) 142 1
'Bama's getting closer. Fortunately, this can be decided on the field.
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2. Alabama (2) 140 2
Not sure why RB Mark Ingram isn't getting more push for the Heisman.
3. Miami 127 4
Tough-guy safety Randy Phillips delayed shoulder surgery to keep playing.
4. LSU 125 5
The 'D' is stout, but ranking 112th in the FBS in total offense handcuffs this team.
5. Georgia Tech 122 6
QB Josh Nesbitt's mastery of the triple option is beautiful to watch.
6. Virginia Tech 118 3
Loss to Georgia Tech turned the Coastal into a wide-open divisional race.
7. South Carolina 107 7
No, this is not a misprint: Spurrier has lost two in a row to Vanderbilt.
8. (tie) Arkansas 88 10
Still smarting over bad officiating at Florida.
8. (tie) Georgia 88 9
How does a team that recruits such good athletes rank 83rd in the FBS in scoring defense?
10. Ole Miss 82 13
Playing former team will always be a big deal for Houston Nutt.
11. Auburn 3 8
QB Chris Todd suddenly can't find the mark.
12. Clemson 79 15
Tigers have as much talent as Miami. Last week they were as well-coached, too.
13. Tennessee 76 12
Lane Kiffin needs to spend less time worrying about what color jerseys the Vols wear.
14. Boston College 72 14
Montel Harris just scored another touchdown. And another. And another.
15. Kentucky 62 16
Lots of praise for Rich Brooks after defeat of Auburn.
16. Wake Forest 60 11
Outscored by a total of 82-13 in past two trips to Clemson.
17. Mississippi State 44 18
RB Anthony Dixon has five consecutive 100-yard rushing games.
18. Florida State 39 17
Chuck Amato is back in N.C. tonight. Some Pack fans may wish he'd never left.
19. UNC 37 19
Only three teams in the FBS are less productive in total offense.
20. Virginia 31 22
Leads Coastal Division, but still scraping bottom in rankings.
21. Duke 29 20 (tie)
It's a shame the Devils had to wait two weeks to play after big win in Raleigh.
22. Maryland 24 20 (tie)
You know things are bad when you're an underdog against Duke.
23. N.C. State 14 23
At least it's almost basketball season. Uh. . . Never mind.
24. Vanderbilt 11 24
Hard to believe the Commodores won a bowl game last season.
- Ken Tysiac