Editor's note: J.P. Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
Here you go, Tar Heel fans:
Before the season started, I thought East Carolina and N.C. State were both better than North Carolina, which had issues at receiver and on the offensive line.
After three games, clearly, UNC is the best team in the state and ranked at No. 24 in this week's JP Top 25.
The Tar Heels answered several questions about their offense on Saturday in their 31-17 win over ECU. The receivers made big plays and the line, even without injured center Lowell Dyer, gave quarterback T.J. Yates plenty of time.
Of course, the season doesn't end today but no arguments here on the results so far, the first 3-0 start since Mack Brown's last season.
Big jump for Miami, from No. 19 to No. 5, and Florida State debuts at No. 14, after soundly beating then-No. 3 Brigham Young on the road.
I guess that makes me an ACC homer, but find me a team with a better resume than Miami.
Last week: 1 (beat Texas Tech, 34-24)
This week: UTEP
Colt McCoy was sick and the Longhorns offense played like it. The senior quarterback has time to heal. It's UTEP, bye, Colorado and then Oklahoma on Oct. 17.
Last week: 2 (beat Tennessee, 23-13)
This week: @ Kentucky
Normally, you look at a division road game, after an emotional win, as a trap but the Gators seem to be immune to such pitfalls. Plus, they beat the Wildcats 63-5 last year.
Last week: 5 (beat North Texas, 53-7)
This week: Arkansas
The Virginia Tech win looks better every week. We won't know much more about the Tide until Oct. 10 when it travels to Ole Miss.
Last week: 9 (beat Louisiana-Lafayette, 31-3)
This week: @ Mississippi State
Did something USC couldn't — win at Washington. Georgia and Florida follow this week's exhibition with Mississippi State.
Last week: 19 (beat Georgia Tech, 33-17)
This week: @ Virginia Tech
What you do matters as does what the teams you beat do. Miami has two wins over teams in this top 25 and Florida State picked them up with a convincing 54-28 win at BYU.
Last week: 7 (won @ Minnesota, 35-21)
This week: @ Oregon
Five touchdowns for Jahvid Best in a road win over a Big Ten team. Business picks up for the Bears, suddenly the team to beat in the Pac-10, with a classic trap game at Oregon, which is proceeded by a home date with USC.
7. Boise State
Last week: 8 (won @ Fresno State, 51-34)
This week: @ Bowling Green
The defense looked better in the opener, but again, here's a team that benefits from what another team did. Oregon, which lost at Boise, ended Utah's 16-game winning streak.
8. Ole Miss
Last week: 6 (SE Louisiana, 52-6)
This week: @ South Carolina (Thursday)
We have to know more about the Rebels after Thursday because pasting Memphis and SE Louisiana is not much to go on.
9. Virginia Tech
Last week: 11 (beat Nebraska, 16-15)
This week: Miami
This program defines winning ugly but there are no pictures on the scorecard. Lost in the Hokies' big finish of 2008, they lost at Miami, and then needed an assist from Georgia Tech to win the ACC title.
Last week: 4 (lost @ Washington, 16-13)
This week: Washington State
Unfortunately for the Trojans, it's the nature of the Pac-10 that if they lose once, they're out of the national title race. Of course, losing to unranked teams doesn't help their argument, no matter how much talent, or how well they end up playing by November.
11. Ohio State
Last week: 12 (beat Toledo, 38-0)
This week: Illinois
Jim Tressel's 29-3 against the Big Ten since 2005, with two losses to Penn State and one to Illinois (in 2007).
Last week: 22 (beat Oregon State)
This week: Fresno State
Since you'll never give me credit for actually being right about a team, I'll take this opportunity to point out that I was right about the Bearcats, who could become the first BCS team since Auburn in 2004 to finish unbeaten and not play for the national title.
13. Penn State
Last week: 13 (beat Temple)
This week: Iowa
What do we really know about Penn State after wins over Akron, Syracuse and Temple? I know this, they're not the No. 5 team in the country, which is where they're ranked by the proper AP poll.
14. Florida State
Last week: Not ranked (won @ BYU, 54-28)
This week: South Florida
The Noles need to have a talk with their schedule-maker. South Florida's got letdown written all over it after an impressive road win, and long trip to BYU.
Last week: 3 (lost to Florida State, 54-28)
This week: Colorado State
Still the class of the Mountain West but any time you give up 54 points to an ACC team, you're not as good as you thought you were (or as good as a random AP voter in Raleigh thought you were).
Last week: 10 (beat Tulsa, 45-0)
This week: bye
See, FSU, ask Oklahoma for scheduling advice. The Sooners get a bye, and much-needed rest for injured quarterback Sam Bradford, before traveling to Miami next week.
Last week: 16 (beat Texas State, 56-21)
This week: @ Clemson
Can the Horned Frogs sweep the orange-and-white (non-green division) ACC teams?
Last week: 17 (bye)
This week: Texas Tech
The BCS skies suddenly opened up for the Cougars. If they beat Texas Tech, their two Big 12 wins (Oklahoma State) should be enough to out-pace an unbeaten Boise or any one-loss MWC team. Of course, they have to run the C-USA table, too, which is a complete crap shoot.
Last week: 18 (beat Eastern Michigan, 45-17)
This week: Indiana
Given Ohio State's problems with the spread offense, and Penn State's problems with Michigan, it's not a stretch to think the Wolverines could go from 3-9 to Big Ten champs.
20. Oklahoma State
Last week: 20 (beat Rice, 41-24)
This week: Grambling
Good bounce back for the Pokes after a disappointment against Houston. True redemption will have to wait until Texas at Halloween or Oklahoma at Thanksgiving, though.
21. Georgia Tech
Last week: 14 (lost to Miami, 33-17)
This week: UNC
Paul Johnson's 0-2 against ACC teams coming off a bye. The good news is there isn't another team on the schedule that gets an extra week to prepare.
Last week: 21 (beat Arkansas, 52-41)
This week: Arizona State
Strange, the Dawgs score 10 points against a weak Big 12 defense and then 93 in two games against the SEC.
Last week: 24 (beat Navy, 27-14)
This week: @ N.C. State
The Panthers held Navy to 129 rushing yards, that doesn't bode well for N.C. State's banged up running game.
Last week: Not ranked (beat ECU, 31-17)
This week: @ Georgia Tech
There's no denying the Heels looked good against ECU and played like the best team in this state.
Last week: 25 (lost @ Virginia Tech, 16-15)
This week: Louisiana-Lafayette
Even in defeat, it's reassuring to see the old Nebraska, with a strong defense and run-based offense.
Next five: Auburn, Kansas, Washington, Oregon, Utah
Out: Utah (16), Oregon State (23)