Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
No. 1 Alabama
Alabama is still the odds-on favorite to play in the BCS National Championship Game. Unless something disastrous happens to the Tide, we can probably count on seeing them in Miami this January.
No. 2 Oregon
The Pac-12 still looks like it will come down to USC and Oregon, but if Oregon emerges on top, they have an inside track to Miami.
No. 3 Florida State
A decent showing against South Florida in a potential let-down game after the epic battle against Clemson, shows that this FSU team may have what it takes in 2012.
No. 4 LSU
The Tigers slip a spot after another mistake-filled game against FCS Towson.
No. 5 Georgia
With all of the focus on the West Division, people are forgetting there's a darn good race developing in the East this season currently led by Georgia.
No. 6 South Carolina
The Gamecocks are right on the Bulldogs' heels and South Carolina moves up a spot, despite struggling early against Kentucky.
No. 7 West Virginia
West Virginia drops a position after their wild 70-63 win over Baylor. Apparently, the amazing offensive explosion from Heisman front runner Geno Smith wasn't enough to outweigh the complete lack of defense in the minds of the pollsters.
No. 8 Kansas State
Admit it: Bill Snyder is an absolute wizard. The Wildcats suddenly look like a Big-12 contender and move up a spot after an idle week.
No. 9 Notre Dame
Despite sharing an idle week with Kansas State, the Irish and Wildcats swap spots. The Irish are 4-0 for the first time in a decade and Brian Kelly has his team's sights set squarely on the BCS.
No. 10 Texas
Texas controls its own destiny with games against all of the ranked and undefeated teams in the Big-12 it could ever want.
No. 12 Florida
Are the Gators back? It's too soon to tell, but they're looking darn good so far. Next week's visit from LSU will answer a lot of questions about both teams.
No. 14 Texas Christian
No trouble yet for the new-to-the-AQers, Horned Frogs, but the big tests are yet to come.
No. 17 Louisville
Are we really ready to a see an undefeated Big East team make a case for a title game slot? The Cardinals keep edging higher and higher in the polls.
No. 18 Oregon State
Who would have guessed that the Beavers would still be undefeated at this stage in the season?
No. 21 Mississippi State
It's easy to forget about the Bulldogs, but Mississippi State started 1-0 in the SEC for the first time in well over a decade. Can they keep that momentum?
No. 22 Rutgers
Holy cow! Another undefeated Big East team in the Top 25! Is this a sign that the crazy guy with the “The End is Near” sign is right?
No. 24 Northwestern
Either the Big Ten is as bad as everyone thinks, or Northwestern has made some vast improvements while no one was looking. Either way, the Purple Cats are 5-0 on the season and 1-0 in the Big Ten heading into their October 6 game at Penn State.
No. 25 Cincinnati
What's this? A third Big East team undefeated and ranked in the Top 25? The Bearcats suddenly look legit after a back-and-forth battle against Virginia Tech ending in a thrilling, last minute victory for Cincy.