Posted by Chip Patterson
Preseason polls are silly, they are based entirely on predictions of performance parties who may/may not have looked past the school-provided spring notes. Thankfully, after one week of football the Associated Press voters have some concrete results as a basis for their decisions. Granted, it's only been one game and many teams competed against inferior opponents, but there are concrete results nonetheless.
5. Florida State - The Florida State defense put on quite a show in their 34-0 shutout against ULM, and the voters rewarded the Seminoles with a one spot bump in the rankings. Until Florida State plays top-ranked Oklahoma on Sept. 17, I can't see them climbing over the Sooners, LSU, Alabama, or Boise State. No. 5 could be the highest spot FSU gets this year, or the springboard to a memorable season in Tallahassee.
11. Virginia Tech - The Hokies avoided a repeat of 2010's FCS upset at home, and blasted Appalachian State 66-13. Running back David Wilson has silenced his doubters and added his name to the list of Heisman dark horse candidates. Virginia Tech's schedule works in their favor, but it also means there will likely be no huge jumps in the polls. But as long as the Hokies keep winning they'll hang around the top ten. Just like Survivor, Frank Beamer's squad needs to outplay each opponent and outlast the competition.
Other receiving votes
31. Maryland - The Terps put on a show knocking off Miami 32-24 in primetime. Danny O'Brien ran a high-tempo offense and the defense turned two of Miami's four turnovers into 14 points on the way to the win. Another statement win opportunity awaits Sept. 17 with No. 19 West Virginia coming to town.
41. North Carolina State - The Wolfpack withstood the early game miscues and finally hit their stride to pull away from Liberty in the second half. While new quarterback Mike Glennon struggled at times, NC State got some great running from backup running back Curtis Underwood and a swarming back seven on defense looked improved from 2010.
47. Georgia Tech, Clemson - Each of these teams received one vote in the poll, presumably from someone looking to reward them for appearing to turn around from disappointing 6-7 finishes in 2010. Both teams did look better, but have a long way to go before they break the Top 25.