The Washington Times - September 20, 2009, 10:34AM

As promised, the D1scourse 30 is an attempt to provide an accomplishments-based ranking with preseason hype and expectations gradually extracted before the end of the first month of the season.

Which is why these next few paragraphs will explain just why Florida is No. 9.

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Every team in front of the Gators is unbeaten.

Every team in front of the Gators has won a road or neutral game.

Florida has defeated Charleston Southern, Troy and Tennessee. Against the Volunteers, the Gators didn’t exactly sparkle.

Still, Tennessee is a somewhat credible team. Florida shouldn’t be ranked below a team with a loss at this stage – even one as impressive as Florida State’s (against Miami) or Virginia Tech’s (against Alabama).

Here, then, is this week’s full rundown from 1-to-30, with record, regulation record (all OT games treated as ties), last week’s ranking and season-to-date notes for each team:

Team                           W-L     Reg.     Pvs.      Notes
1. Alabama                  3-0       3-0       2          Virginia Tech (N)
2. Miami                      2-0       2-0       17        Florida State (A), Georgia Tech (H)
3. Louisiana State        3-0       3-0       6          Washington (A)
4. Texas                       3-0       3-0       5          Texas Tech (H)
5. California                3-0       3-0       8          Minnesota (A)
6. Houston                   2-0       2-0       10        Oklahoma State (A)
7. Boise State               3-0       3-0       7          Oregon (H)
8. Cincinnati                3-0       3-0       19        Rutgers (A), Oregon State (A)
9. Florida                     3-0       3-0       4          Tennessee (H)
10. Florida State           2-1       2-1       NR       Brigham Young (A); L: Miami (H)
11. Virginia Tech         2-1       2-1       21        Nebraska (H); L: Alabama (N)
12. Michigan                3-0       3-0       18        Notre Dame (H)
13. Penn State              3-0       3-0       9          Syracuse (H)
14. Brigham Young     2-1       2-1       3          Oklahoma (N); L: Florida State (H)
15. Oklahoma  State    2-1       2-1       22        Georgia (H); L: Houston (H)
16. Washington                      2-1       2-1       NR       Southern Cal (H); L: Louisiana State (H)
17. Southern California         2-1       2-1       1          Ohio State (A); L: Washington (A)
18. Georgia                  2-1       2-1       25        South Carolina (H), Arkansas (A); L: Oklahoma St. (A)
19. Oklahoma              2-1       2-1       15        Tulsa (H); L: Brigham Young (N)
20. Georgia Tech         2-1       2-1       11        Clemson (H); L: Miami (A)
21. Pittsburgh               3-0       3-0       26        Buffalo (A), Navy (H)
22. Kansas                   3-0       3-0       13        UTEP (A), Duke (H)
23. Mississippi             2-0       2-0       12        Memphis (A)
24. Texas Christian      2-0       2-0       20        Virginia (A)
25. Ohio State              2-1       2-1       16        Navy (H); L: Southern California (H)
26. North Carolina       3-0       3-0       NR       Connecticut (A), East Carolina (H)
27. Nebraska               2-1       2-1       14        Florida Atlantic (H); L: Virginia Tech (A)
28. Notre Dame                     2-1       2-1       29        Michigan State (H); L: Michigan (A)
29. Clemson                2-1       2-1       NR       Boston College (H); L: Georgia Tech (A)
30. Texas Tech                        2-1       2-1       27        Rice (H); L: Texas (A)

Patrick Stevens