As voted on by writers from The State (Seth Emerson and Paul Strelow), The Charlotte Observer (Ron Green Jr.) and The (Raleigh) News and Observer (J.P. Giglio and Edward Robinson III). A first-place vote is worth 24 points, second place is 23, etc., with first-place votes in parenthesis.
Votes Last week
1. Florida (5) 143 1
The Gators have a perfectly timed week off to allow Tim Tebow to be ready for the games that really matter.
2. Alabama (1) 139 2
There are those who would argue the Tide has been the SEC's best to this point this season.
3. LSU 130 4
The man in the hat keeps things rolling, but a visit between the hedges Saturday is a huge challenge.
4. Va. Tech 126 6
Beamer Ball returned at just the right time in the rain last weekend. Just imagine if the Hokies were really good offensively.
5. Georgia 117 7
Joe Cox to A.J. Green is becoming one of the best combinations since potato chips and onion dip.
6. Miami 113 5
Time to find out how far back the 'Canes really are. If they beat Oklahoma, they're back.
7. Georgia Tech 104 T9
Jackets' QB Josh Nesbitt had 32 carries against North Carolina. You don't see that often these days.
8. South Carolina 97 11
The Gamecocks may not be much on offense but with linebacker Eric Norwood, they have a defense that can win games.
9. Mississippi 91 3
So much for that No. 4 national ranking last week. Jevan Snead needs to redeem himself this week.
9. Auburn 91 13
They're starting to warm up to new coach Gene Chizik finally. Funny how that happens when you're 4-0.
11. N.C. State 72 16
To quote Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe: "Russell Wilson hasn't thrown an interception since Moby Dick was a minnow."
12. Florida State 70 8
Forget Miami and Florida. Now the 'Noles have to worry about South Florida, too.
13. North Carolina 69 T9
The good news is the Tar Heels can't be as bad as they looked against Georgia Tech.
14. Clemson 62 12
Losing at home to TCU isn't what Tiger fans want to see from Dabo Swinney.
15. Arkansas 60 17
The Hogs better hope their 35-7 loss to Alabama was just one of those days, not a hint of things to come.
16. Tennessee 59 14
The Vols may not be as good as they've been in recent years but Lane Kiffin sure makes them more interesting.
17. Kentucky 56 15
Question: Is UK now a football school or a basketball school?
18. Mississippi St. 52 19
When Dan Mullen left Florida to take this job, he knew it wouldn't be easy. He was right.
19. Boston College 46 20
At 3-1, the Eagles may be the ACC's version of an enigma.
20. Vanderbilt 33 21
The Commodores' dream of consecutive bowl appearances may remain just that, a dream.
21. Wake Forest 26 18
Very close to being 4-0 but somehow being 2-2 seems about right for the Deacons.
22. Maryland 17 22
There's not much worse than becoming irrelevant which is what the Terps have become in football.
23. Duke 13 23
It's still too early to judge the progress in Year Two of The Cutcliffe Project.
24. Virginia 6 24
If the Cavaliers were in the NFL, they would be the Cleveland Browns this year.
- Ron Green Jr.