I was really looking forward to putting UNC in the top 25 this week. Alas, I cannot.
Dropped Out: East Carolina (#6), Oregon (#17), Illinois (#23).
Also Considered: Nebraska, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Ball State, Northwestern (seriously!)
Brief Explanations: LSU jumps up to #2 based on their road win against Auburn, which might be the most quality victory for any team thus far. Vanderbilt makes a similar jump for being 4-0 for the first time since Cornelius himself was captain of the team. Boise State makes the leap based on their big road victory over Oregon, albeit hampered by the fact that the Ducks are now on their fifth string quarterback. Paul Johnson seems to be doing a good job for a fairly impressive Georgia Tech team, and Virginia Tech is here because dammit, Frank Beamer knows the science of winning ugly 8-9 times a year that we mortals can barely comprehend.
East Carolina and Oregon drop out with their losses, and Illinois drops for no apparent reason.
The rest is pretty ho-hum. Discuss.