Editor's note: J.P. Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
So much for that predicted repeat of the 2008 season.
The Mountain West is once again keeping the college football powers honest. Brigham Young, the new "it" MWC darling, makes the biggest jump, 14 places, to No. 3 after its 14-13 upset of Oklahoma.
Alabama (4) and Boise State (9) also moved into the top 10.
Miami (19) saved what was left of the ACC's bacon with an impressive 38-34 over Florida State, which suddenly could be the spoiler in BYU's big season, and not vice versa.
Nebraska (24) is the only other newcomer, knocking out N.C. State, which like the ACC, got off to a brutal start.
Last week: 1 (beat Louisiana-Monroe, 59-20)
This week: @ Wyoming
Business picks up next week with a visit from Texas Tech. Ya figure the Horns owe them one?
Last week: 2 (beat Charleston Southern, 62-3)
This week: Troy
Troy almost beat LSU last year. Will the Trojans give the Gators a game? Probably not but that early, local television time slot is where Ole Miss caught the Gators last year.
Last week: 17 (beat Oklahoma, 14-13)
This week: @ Tulane
NFL stadiums have been good to the Cougs so far. Tulane's not nearly the challenge Oklahoma was.
Last week: 11 (beat Virginia Tech, 34-24)
This week: FIU
The rebuilt offense had no problem in its debut scoring 34 points and amassing 498 yards against the ACC's best defense.
Last week: 4 (beat San Jose State 56-3)
This week: @ Ohio State
Change of scenery and a tougher challenge for rookie QB Matt Barkley with this week's trip to the Shoe.
6. Oklahoma State
Last week: 9 (beat Georgia, 24-10)
This week: Houston
Either Georgia's offense isn't that good, or the Okies' defense has drastically improved. We'll know more after Saturday's pending shootout with Houston and former Oklahoma OC Kevin Sumlin.
7. Ole Miss
Last week: 5 (beat Memphis, 45-14)
This week: SE Louisiana
Sluggish start for Ole Miss, despite the lopsided score. We won't know much about the Rebels until Sept. 24, when they travel to South Carolina.
Last week: 7 (beat Maryland, 52-13)
This week: Eastern Washington
Fast start for the Bears and Jahvid Best, who ran for 137 yards on just 10 carries, in a whipping of Maryland.
9. Boise State
Last week: 13 (beat Oregon, 19-8)
This week: Miami (Ohio)
The Broncs' defense is beginning to catch up to its offense. They held Oregon to 31 rushing yards.
Last week: 10 (beat Washington, 31-23)
This week: Vanderbilt
Little sluggish at Washington but three TD passes from Jordan Jefferson is a good sign.
Last week: 3 (lost to BYU, 14-13)
This week: Idaho State
Quarterback Sam Bradford and tight end Jermaine Greshman would have been first-round picks had they left after last season.
Instead they came back to win a national title. Bradford's out for at least two weeks with a shoulder injury and Greshman's done for the season. Even if you're a Texas fan, you hate to see that happen to two such promising players.
12. Virginia Tech
Last week: 12 (lost to Alabama, 34-24)
This week: Marshall
Ryan Williams proved to be a decent facsimile of Darren Evans at running back but the passing game (91 yards) and play-calling are crippling the Hokies.
13. Ohio State
Last week: 12 (beat Navy 31-27)
This week: USC
Other than the name-brand value, why is Ohio State in the top 10? Give me one good reason OSU is in front of BYU in the proper AP poll?
The Bucks struggled with Navy, no shame there, but it's the way they struggled. Their name can't save them this week at USC.
14. Penn State
Last week: 14 (beat Akron, 31-7)
This week: Syracuse
What used to be a great Northeast tradition is now just another patsy on Penn State's schedule.
15. Georgia Tech
Last week: 16 (beat Jacksonville State, 37-17)
This week: Clemson, Thursday
Who do you think gets the coaching edge between Paul Johnson and Dabo Swinney?
Last week: 18 (Did not play)
This week: @ Virginia
Honestly would not be surprised if Virginia gives TCU a game, despite last week's showing by the Cavaliers. TCU can't be happy that this is their opener and UVa had the benefit of playing its first game, albeit very poorly.
17. Oregon State
Last week: 19 (beat Portland State, 34-7)
This week: @ UNLV
Without QB Lyle Moevao, this could be the first of a season of surprises by UNLV. RB Jacquizz Rodgers will have something to say about that.
Last week: 20 (beat Utah State, 35-17)
This week: San Jose State
The nation's longest winning streak heads towards an easy 16 games. A date at Oregon on Sept. 19 awaits.
Last week: Not ranked (beat Florida State, 38-34)
This week: bye
Patrick Nix and Randy Shannon were the only two people on the planet who saw Jacory Harris play quarterback last season and thought Robert Marve was the starter. Harris put the U back on the map with Monday's shootout with FSU.
Last week: 21 (beat Appalachia State, 29-24)
This week: @ West Virginia
I'm the only voter with ECU in the top 25; will have company in two more weeks.
Last week: 6 (lost to Oklahoma State, 24-10)
This week: South Carolina
Guess they'll miss Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno after all.
Last week: 25 (beat Rutgers, 47-15)
This week: SE Missouri State
One of 11 voters to have the Bearcats ranked in the preseason. The Cats took the first step towards repeating as Big East champions.
Last week: 22 (beat Youngstown State, 38-3)
This week: @ Buffalo
The Panthers go to Buffalo and then host Navy before coming to Raleigh on Sept. 26.
Last week: Not ranked (beat Florida Atlantic, 49-3)
This week: Arkansas State
One more warmup for the Huskers before heading to Blacksburg on Sept. 19.
Last week: 15 (lost to Boise State, 19-8)
This week: Purdue
We'll see rookie Chip Kelly's coaching chops after a worst-case scenario opener against Boise.
Out: Iowa (23), N.C. State (24)
Next five: Notre Dame, UNC, Baylor, Southern Miss, FSU