The top seven teams are the same as last week, starting with No. 1Florida State, which escaped 23-17 in overtimeagainstClemsonon Saturday night.
The Pirates are No. 23 after a record-setting 70-41 victory againstNorth Carolina. ECU has beaten Atlantic CoastConference teams the past two weeks after winning atVirginia Tech.
The Pirates were last ranked Sept. 21, 2008. That team finished 9-5 and won Conference USA. East Carolina (3-1) is in its first season in the American Athletic Conference.
Mississippi State is No. 14 after beating LSU 34-29 to end a 14-game skid to the Tigers. The Bulldogs were last ranked in 2012.
Reaction To New AP Top 25 Poll
College football reporter Adam Rittenberg reacts to the latest AP Top 25 poll, which includes East Carolina for the first time since 2008 and Mississippi State for the first time in two seasons after it broke a losing streak against LSU.