The Washington Times - November 12, 2007, 10:33AM

\ That does not take into account the way a team is playing; how their recent and not-so-recent victories and defeats are now perceived; or whether there is an injury working against a team. There’s other factors, too, but it’s safe to say a lot of things should go into making it a real-time top 25 that also appropriately considers what a team has done for a full season.\

\ However, if there is one week when it’s safe to just move teams up a spot, it’s this week, and my AP ballot certainly reflects that. With virtually no compelling games on paper, it was tough for anyone in the top 25 to distinguish themselves (though Michael Beasley and Kansas State did a solid enough job of that).\

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\ There is very little fluctuation from the preseason top 40. Several teams haven’t played yet. Only four who were in the initial top 40 lost (Southern California, Kentucky, Bradley and New Mexico State); all fell off the board. The four teams added (Mississippi State, Brigham Young, Vanderbilt, Alabama) represent something of a market correction. \

\ Mississippi State pops in at No. 33, which is basically an admission I undervalued the Bulldogs and realized it too late. They play host to Clemson on Thursday in what is one of the week’s most intriguing games.\

\ Here’s a full rundown of one man’s top 40:\

\ 1. North Carolina (0-0)\ 2. UCLA (1-0)\ 3. Memphis (2-0)\ 4. Georgetown (1-0)\ 5. Kansas (2-0)\ 6. Michigan State (0-0)\ 7. Washington State (1-0)\ 8. Louisville (0-0)\ 9. Indiana (0-0)\ 10. Tennessee (1-0)\ 11. Marquette (1-0)\ 12. Oregon (2-0)\ 13. N.C. State (0-0)\ 14. Texas A&M; (1-0)\ 15. Texas (0-0)\ 16. Pittsburgh (3-0)\ 17. Kansas State (2-0)\ 18. Gonzaga (1-0)\ 19. Butler (1-0)\ 20. Duke (1-0)\ 21. Villanova (1-0)\ 22. Southern Illinois (0-0)\ 23. Arizona (0-0)\ 24. Stanford (3-0)\ 25. Arkansas (1-0)\ 26. Xavier (1-0)\ 27. Wisconsin (1-0)\ 28. Davidson (1-0)\ 29. Virginia (1-0)\ 30. Florida (2-0)\ 31. Syracuse (0-0)\ 32. Clemson (0-0)\ 33. Mississippi State (1-0)\ 34. Maryland (1-0)\ 35. Brigham Young (1-0)\ 36. Connecticut (2-0)\ 37. Virginia Commonwealth (1-0)\ 38. Ohio State (0-0)\ 39. Vanderbilt (1-0)\ 40. Alabama (1-0)\

\ – Patrick Stevens