ESPN.com's preseason Top 25

Updated: November 5, 2007, 10:18 AM ET

The coaches had their say in the ESPN/USA Today rankings. The media made their voice heard in Saturday's Associated Press Top 25. Now, it's our turn. ESPN.com's panel of contributors -- columnists Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays and Charlie Creme and ESPN play-by-play announcer Beth Mowins -- each independently came up with their top 25. We crunched the numbers and combined the votes to come up with the following order. Tennessee was the unanimous No. 1 pick -- until a certain bracketologist filed his rankings. A look:

PRESEASON TOP 25
RANKING '06-'07 (HI/LOW*) SKINNY
1. Tennessee 34-3
(1/2)
The Lady Vols won the program's seventh NCAA championship last April. Four starters are back, including all-everything Candace Parker, who competed with Team USA over the summer. Four freshmen are also in the mix for a team that went 14-0 in SEC play last season and enters this season on a six-game winning streak.
2. Connecticut 32-4
(1/5)
The Huskies return all five starters and 12 letter-winners from last season's Elite Eight participant. Tina Charles and Renee Montgomery still lead the way, but national high school player of the year Maya Moore figures to make an immediate impact for a team that didn't lose a regular-season Big East game (16-0) in 2006-07.
3. Maryland 28-6
(2/3)
Four returning starters, including Kodak All-American Crystal Langhorne, are back and looking to add to the national title they won in 2006. The Terps bid adieu early last season, losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
4. Rutgers 27-9
(3/6)
The Scarlet Knights have to be as eager as we are to move forward from their turbulent offseason after Don Imus' remarks. Essence Carson, Matee Ajavon and Kia Vaughn make Rutgers one of three programs with three preseason Wooden Award candidates (joining Maryland and Tennessee), but all five starters return.
5. LSU 30-8
(5/6)
While Van Chancellor embarks on his first season in Baton Rouge, there's plenty of old to go around, too -- as in all five starters (including fantastic Sylvia Fowles) and six other letter-winners back for a program that has reached four consecutive Final Fours.
6. Stanford 29-5
(4-12)
Brooke Smith is gone, but three-time Kodak All-American Candice Wiggins and Jayne Appel keep the Cardinal boasting about one of the nation's top inside-outside combinations. Four starters overall are back.
7. North Carolina 34-4
(6/11)
Ivory Latta is now in the WNBA, but three starters, including Erlana Larkins, are back for the Tar Heels, who won a school-record 34 games en route to the Final Four last season.
8. Oklahoma 28-5
(4/11)
Last season's AP Player of the Year, Courtney Paris, has posted 61 consecutive double-doubles. But the rest of the roster isn't as much of a sure thing; nine of the Sooners' 12 players are underclassmen -- and there are no seniors.
9. Duke 32-2
(7-11)
First-year coach Joanne P. McCallie left Michigan State after eight seasons to take over the Blue Devils. Three starters are back from last season's Sweet 16 team that became the first ACC team and just the 14th in NCAA history to go undefeated (29-0) in the regular season.
10. Georgia 27-7
(7-13)
Tasha Humphrey remains one of the best post players in the country but must be more consistent after the Lady Dogs' backcourt graduated two starters who combined for 30 percent of Georgia's offense last season.
11. Texas A&M 25-7
(7/13)
Gary Blair's typical high-pressure defense helped the Aggies win a share of their first Big 12 regular-season title a year ago. And all five starters are back and hope to improve on last season's second-round NCAA Tournament exit.
12. Arizona State 31-5
(10/14)
The Sun Devils not only advanced further than any other Pac-10 team in last season's NCAA Tournament, but they also won 31 games to set a new single-season school record. Three starters, all guards, are back from that Elite Eight squad, as well as Dymond Simon, who returns from a knee injury that kept her out of the final 16 games last season. Two transfers -- including Tennessee's Sybil Dosty -- help bolster the post.
13. Cal 23-9
(8/17)
Reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Devanei Hampton and three other starters return. Cal also gets back fellow junior Alexis Gray-Lawson, who suffered a season-ending knee injury nine games into last season.
14. George Washington 28-4
(10/16)
Expectations are high -- the Colonials' No. 13 ranking in the ESPN/USA Today top 25 is their highest preseason ranking ever in the coaches' poll. And four starters are back to build on last season's Sweet 16 appearance and try to win a seventh straight Atlantic 10 regular-season title
15. Baylor 26-8
(13/21)
Bernice Mosby once helped offset the graduation of Sophia Young. But who's going to step up in Waco to offset the loss of Mosby? The good news is that all four other starters from last season return, led by lone senior Angela Tisdale.
16. Ohio State 28-4
(14/24)
The Buckeyes have just two returning starters and three other letter-winners back, but it's enough -- Big Ten coaches tabbed Ohio State as the league preseason favorite. OSU, led by senior Marscilla Packer, went 15-1 in the Big Ten regular season a year ago.
17. West Virginia 21-11
(16/25)
The Mountaineers return all five starters from a team that reached the NCAA Tournament's second round last season. Random stat all over W.Va.'s site: The team's seven seniors boast a combined 364 career starts, which is tops in the nation.
18. Florida State 24-10
(14/21)
The Seminoles have four returning starters, including 3-point threat Tanae Davis-Cain, and the confidence that comes with reaching their first Sweet 16 last season.
19. Pittsburgh 24-9
(14/NR)
After the best start in school history (12-0) and the program's first trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Panthers last week earned a spot in the preseason ESPN/USA Today coaches' poll for the first time. And with good reason. All five starters are back.
20. Michigan State 24-9
(17/NR)
Coach Joanne P. McCallie is gone from last year's team that tied for the second-most wins in program history. But last season's Big Ten Freshman of the Year Allyssa DeHaan is back, along with two other starters and first-year coach Suzy Merchant.
21. Notre Dame 20-12
(21/NR)
Three starters, including Charel Allen (17 ppg, 6.2 rpg), return for coach Muffet McGraw, who needs one victory to reach 450 wins at Notre Dame (she has 537 in her career).
22. Wyoming 27-9
(22/NR)
After failing to earn an NCAA bid, Wyoming went on to win the WNIT championship. Now, the Cowgirls get five starters back, including two-time all-league pick and WNIT MVP Hanna Zavecz.
23. Louisville 27-8
(15/NR)
Kodak All-American Angel McCoughtry (21.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg last season) and first-year coach Jeff Walz combine to lead Louisville, which reached the second round a year ago.
24. Wisconsin 23-13
(20/NR)
Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Jolene Anderson is one of five starters back from last season's record-setting 23-13 Badgers squad.
25. Virginia 19-15
(17/NR)
Debbie Ryan, who is back for her 31st season, and senior captain Sharnee Zoll hope to lead the Cavaliers back to the NCAA Tournament after a two-year absence.

* Refers to the highest and lowest votes a team received from the various experts; NR denotes "not ranked"; note that not every team received four votes.