Not much else can be said other than the Big South is a much improved conference this year. Another solid showing this weekend with Charleston Southern beating Appalachian State. Yes, you read that right. No, you’re not dreaming.

Note: last week’s ranking in parenthesis.

1. (1) Coastal Carolina 5-0

Coastal with another impressive win, this time at the hands of Elon, 53-28. The Chanticleers have a bye week then face Gardner-Webb and Liberty to open conference play.

Next: BYE

2. (2) Gardner Webb 4-1

Gardner-Webb beat Point 55-7. Not sure who or what Point is. The Runnin’ Bulldogs face neighbor Charlotte Saturday.

Next: @ Charlotte

3. (4) Charleston Southern 5-0

Okay, the Buccaneers are to be taken seriously. After closer than expected wins over Norfolk State and Campbell, Charleston Southern proved their 4-0 start is no fluke as they dispatched Appalachian State 27-24.

Next: vs North Greenville

4. (3) Liberty 3-2

Flames beat Division II Kentucky Wesleyan 73-7 in a sleeper.

Next: @ Old Dominion

5. (5) Presbyterian 1-3

The Blue Hose are thankful for VMI. Presby lost 45-21 against startup program Charlotte.

Next: @ Wofford

6. (6) VMI 1-4

The Keydets actually showed some life this week as they forced overtime against Robert Morris only to lose 37-31. VMI has a bye this week before starting conference play October 12th against Charleston Southern.

Next: BYE