Note: J.P. Giglio is one of 65 voters in the AP Top 25. This is his ballot.
Where’s UNC? The short answer is No. 26.
The long answer is the Tar Heels lost at home. You get extra credit for road wins and lose points for home losses in my book.
Then why Wake at No. 20? Wake’s two good wins (at Florida State, vs. Ole Miss) are better than UNC’s (at Miami, vs. UConn).
For the record, I did not rank UConn last week.
Oklahoma State edged out UNC for the last spot because the Cowboys are unbeaten (5-0). They also have to play Missouri this week, so if UNC beats Notre Dame, there will likely be an opening.
Along the same road loss/home loss lines of reasoning, I should have had USC in front of both Georgia and Florida last week. The Trojans are there this week, which was kind of a no-brainer after they routed Oregon.
I’m still unpopular in Provo and BYU still hasn’t beaten anyone. Patience, Cougars fans, patience.
Last week: 1 (beat Kentucky, 17-14)
Next: Ole Miss (Oct. 18)
Did Alabama win? Yes. Did they look great doing it? No.
Did they look great trouncing Georgia at Georgia? That's why the Tide's still No. 1 here.
Last week: 2 (beat Baylor, 49-17)
Next: vs. Texas @ Dallas
The Sooners beat Baylor by 32 points and pick up eight first-place votes. And you think my ballot is screwed up.
Last week: 3 (off)
Next: @ Florida
Time to see if LSU's overrated or underrated.
Last week: 4 (beat Nebraska, 52-17)
Next: Oklahoma State
Starting to think everyone with a Missouri to win the BCS title ticket, at 15-1, is smarter than the rest of us.
5. Penn State
Last week: 6 (beat Purdue, 20-6)
Next: @ Wisconsin
And so it begins for the Nits. They're at Wisconsin on Saturday, where they're just 2-5 since joining the Big Ten. Then they get Michigan (nine straight losses) at home and go to Ohio State (zero wins in Columbus, 0-7).
Last week: 7 (beat Colorado, 38-14)
Next: vs. Oklahoma @ Dallas
Strong win for the Horns at Colorado, taking care of business before Oklahoma and a string of four straight ranked opponents.
7. Texas Tech
Last week: 8 (beat Kansas State, 58-28)
What? Texas Tech played a real opponent. Finally. And the Raiders cranked out 58 points. At some point they'll have to play defense, too, but not this week against Nebraska.
Last week: 12 (beat Oregon, 44-10)
Next: Arizona State
Predictable bounce-back from the Trojans and the revenge tour should continue against the rest of the Pac-10.
Last week: 9 (off)
Coming off a bye and craptacular performance against Alabama, you better believe Tennessee's getting the fastball on Saturday. Plus, the Vols kept UGa out of the SEC title game last season.
Last week: 10 (beat Arkansas, 38-7)
We'll see how far Florida's defense has come in two weeks. The Tigers' offensive line will be the toughest test the Gators see before the SEC title game, if they get there.
11. Ohio State
Last week: 14 (beat Wisconsin, 20-17)
A last-minute comeback on the road? There's the heart I was looking for against USC. Penn State is Ohio State's best friend right now. The better PSU looks, the better OSU has a chance to sneak back into the BCS title picture.
Last week: 20 (beat Auburn, 14-13)
Next: @ Mississippi State
I'l admit I wasn't sold on Vandy until Saturday's win. Not only did the Dores come back to beat Auburn, they did so with all the hype and hullabaloo that comes with the ESPN GameDay crew.
Last week: 13 (beat Oregon State, 31-28)
Next: @ Wyoming
What is it with Mountain West teams and Pac-10 officials (see BYU vs. Washington)? The MWC will take it, and so will the Utes, who own a win over a team that beat USC.
Last week: 16 (beat Utah State, 34-14)
Next: New Mexico
You're still behind Utah because Utah has better wins. Beating New Mexico, which beat Arizona, will qualify as your best win of the season.
15. Boise State
Last week: 17 (beat Louisiana Tech, 38-3)
Next: @ Southern Miss
Watched the Broncs pick apart La. Tech on Wednesday. How is it possible that a college in Idaho can continually find a capable college quarterback and two-thirds of the ACC can't?
16. South Florida
Last week: 5 (lost to Pitt, 26-21)
Next: Syracuse (Oct. 18)
Apparently Dave Wannestedt is going to beat the Big East front-runner every year. The Bulls certainly didn't look like the team against Pitt that we saw in Raleigh.
Last week: 15 (beat Iowa State, 35-33)
The writing is on the wall for the Jayhawks after they needed a miracle comeback to beat Iowa State. Last year was a one-in-a-million. This team is just good, not great, or even sufficiently motivated.
18. Virginia Tech
Last week: 18 (beat Western Kentucky, 27-13)
Next: @ Boston College (Oct. 18)
The Hokies are just not capable of beating anyone with any kind of style. Ugly wins are still wins, though. Watch out for the Noles on Oct. 25.
19. Ball State
Last week: 21 (beat Toledo, 31-0)
Next: Western Kentucky
Many thanks to Ball State. I was the first voter on the Cards' bandwagon and they picked me up, unlike Washington, my preseason No. 25.
In my defense of Washington, how different would its season be with a win over BYU?
20. Wake Forest
Last week: 22 (off)
Next: Clemson (Thursday)
Big game in the Dash on Thursday, despite both Wake and Clemson coming off losses. Tommy Bowden will really have to out-do himself to out-coach Jim Grobe and make chicken salad out of that offensive line against Wake's defense.
Last week: 11 (lost to Vanderbilt, 14-13)
Maybe Auburn shouldn't be here but the Tigers' two losses are by a combined six points and they were to the No. 3 and No. 12 ranked teams.
Last week: 24 (beat Rice, 63-28)
Next: @ SMU
The class of C-USA (and, in my opinion, better than UNC).
Last week: Not ranked (beat Arizona State, 24-14)
Next: @ Arizona (Oct. 18)
Willing to forgive the road loss to Maryland because the Bears beat Michigan State.
24. Michigan State
Last week: 25 (beat Iowa, 16-13)
Next: @ Northwestern
At some point the Spartans will need more than Javon Ringer, like a strong game from Brian Hoyer.
25. Oklahoma State
Last week: Not ranked (beat Texas A&M, 56-28)
Next: @ Missouri
In: Cal (23), Oklahoma State (25)
Out: Wisconsin (19), Ole Miss (23)