With East Carolina's upset victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday, the Pirates stormed into the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120.
The Pirates were ranked No. 62 in the preseason, but with their win over the Hokies and a loss by Clemson it opened up a spot for them at No. 25.
The ranking could be short-lived since the Pirates play No. 7 West Virginia this week, but a closer look a the schedule shows the Pirates might be hanging around 25-30 most of the season now. They play Tulane, N.C. State, Houston and Virginia in the coming weeks -- all winable games.
"It's a story of a group of young men that have come together and said, 'We're tired of losing. We want to accomplish something special,'" said East Carolina head coach Skip Holtz after their victory.
The Pirates weren't the only team to make a big move as Bowling Green jumped 36 spots from No. 78 to No. 42 after beating Pittsburgh on the road.
Other big movers up:
+ 27 spots -- Louisiana Tech from No. 80 to No. 53 after beating Mississippi State
+ 25 spots -- Stanford from No. 75 to No. 50 after beating Oregon State
For every team that makes a huge move up the rankings, there are always a few that make a big dive. And this week's biggest dive was Texas A&M, which lost to a Sun Belt school. The Aggies were preseason ranked No. 50 and fell all the way to No. 105. I don't think this is what new coach Mike Sherman had in mind when looking at the schedule before the season started.
Things get even rougher this week as they play at New Mexico, which has been to four bowl games in the past five years.
"Well, you know I've been in situations like this before, and I told the guys you can learn more about yourself from adversity than you even can from winning a football game," Sherman said after the game.
Dig in Aggies fans, its going to be a long season.
Other big fallers:
- 36 spots -- Pittsburgh from No. 27 to No. 63 after losing to Bowling Green
- 19 spots -- Michigan State from No. 26 to No. 45 after losing to California
Special notice: San Diego State lost to a FCS school, falling 29-27 to Cal Poly, but since the Aztecs were already ranked so low (No. 107) they didn't have too far to go and landed at No. 117.