Editor's note: J.P. Giglio is one of 60 AP voters.
Last week: 2 (beat South Carolina, 20-6)
This week: Tennessee
Alabama the four years before Nick Saban got there: 4-9, 6-6, 10-2, 6-7.
Since: 7-6, 12-2, 7-0.
Yes, Alabama's a unique program, but this is the reason why N.C. State fans, UNC fans, FSU fans, Nebraska fans, or pick a fan base, don't understand why a coach needs an eight-year rebuilding project to make a team competitive on the national level.
Saban (and Urban Meyer before him) has ruined the patience curve for every fan base.
Last week: 1 (beat Arkansas, 23-20)
This week: @ Mississippi State
It's not just the close call against Arkansas, it's that Alabama has played better and looks better, especially on offense.
Last week: 3 (beat Oklahoma, 16-13)
This week: @ Missouri
Rivalry games usually aren't beauty pageants but, man, that was ugly. Not sure there would be much difference between an unbeaten Big 12 team and, say, an unbeaten Big East team. That's how bad Texas looked Saturday.
Loss: @ Washington
Last week: 7 (won @ Notre Dame, 34-27
This week: Oregon State
Combine Boise's lackluster effort at Tulsa with the Trojans' road win at Notre Dame, and you have a new No. 4.
5. Boise State
Last week: 5 (won @ Tulsa, 28-21)
This week: @ Hawaii
Problem for Boise is their the "Super Bowl" for every team left on their schedule. Tulsa played that way in a seven-point game. Problem for Boise is, Oklahoma beat "regular" Tulsa, 45-0.
Loss: @ Virginia Tech
Last week: 6 (won @ Central Florida, 27-7)
This week: Clemson
The Canes' first ACC game in three weeks, after opening with three straight.
7. Georgia Tech
Loss: @ Miami
Last week: 14 (beat Virginia Tech, 28-23)
This week: @ Virginia
GT's running game is so good, it completed one pass and beat the No. 4 team in the country.
Last week: 12 (won @ South Florida, 34-17)
This week: Louisville
Cincinnati handled its toughest test yet but lost quarterback Tony Pike. They won't need him until the West Virginia game on Nov. 13.
Last week: 8 (bye)
This week: Auburn
Two more weeks before they play Bama in Tuscaloosa.
Loss: @ Boise State
Last week: 10 (bye)
This week: @ Washington
Classic "trap" game with a trip Washington before hosting USC next week.
Last week: 10 (beat Colorado State, 44-6)
This week: @ BYU
Big game in Provo. The MWC might want to get the SEC officials who worked the Florida-Arkansas game to make sure TCU stays in the BCS mix.
Last week: 13 (won @ Wisconsin, 20-10)
This week: @ Michigan State
Still not that impressed by the Hawks or the Big Ten. Good team but No. 7?
13. Virginia Tech
Losses: vs. Alabama, @ Georgia Tech
Last week: 5 (lost @ Georgia Tech, 28-23) This week: bye
Bye week and then a relative cakewalk to the end with UNC, ECU, Maryland, N.C. State and Virginia.
Loss: @ UTEP
Last week: 15 (won @ Tulane, 44-16)
This week: SMU
Texas Tech's win over Nebraska gave Houston a boost in the proper AP poll.
Loss: Florida State
Last week: 16 (won @ San Diego State, 38-28)
This week: TCU
Seriously, what happened against FSU?
Loss: @ Oregon
Last week: 23 (won @ UNLV, 35-15)
This week: Air Force
There really isn't much difference between the next 10 (or 30) teams.
17. Oklahoma State
Last week: 17 (beat Missouri, 33-17)
This week: @ Baylor
Good win over Mizzou; could be the Big 12 spoiler against Texas on Halloween.
18. Texas Tech
Losses: @ Houston, @ Texas
Last week: NR (won @ Nebraska, 31-10) This week: Texas A&M
Shout-out to Mike Leach. Every year I think the Raiders are going to fall off the map, and every year he keeps on finding new QBs and more wins.
19. Penn State
Last week: NR (beat Minnesota, 20-0)
This week: @ Michigan
Penn State's not that good, and the Nits will probably lose at Michigan this week, but I'm trying to tell you that the alternatives are that bad.
20. West Virginia
Loss: @ Auburn
Last week: NR (beat Marshall, 24-7)
This week: UConn
Still not sold on Bill Stewart-Coker-Torbush, but once again, take a look around at the other options.
21. Ohio State
Losses: USC, @ Purdue
Last week: 9 (lost @ Purdue, 26-18)
This week: Minnesota
So much for "Tressel Mode." Sadly, they're still in the BCS at-large mix (and Big Ten race) because of their ability to sell tickets.
22. Central Michigan
Loss: @ Arizona
Last week: 25 (won @ Western Michigan 34-23)
This week: @ Bowling Green
Early season win at Michigan State and a litany of MAC wins, enough to crack the top 25 this season.
23. South Carolina
Losses: @ Georgia, @ Alabama
Last week: 18 (lost @ Alabama, 20-6)
This week: Vanderbilt
They're offense is a joke, and Spurrier's becoming a punchline, but the defense has been good (save for the Georgia game).
Losses: @ Alabama, @ Florida, Georgia
Last week: NR (lost @ Florida, 23-20)
This week: @ Ole Miss
Imagine if Ole Miss was still ranked in the top 10? That's how brutal Arkansas' schedule looked in August. It has still been pretty tough.
Loss: @ N.C. State
Last week: NR (beat Rutgers, 24-17)
This week: South Florida
Seriously, what happened against N.C. State?
Out: South Florida (19), Kansas (20), Nebraska (21), Oklahoma (22), Notre Dame (24)