East Carolina received a total of 37 points from the 15 votes they received. The highest ranking the Pirates received was #21 from TCU's head coach, Gary Patterson. The Pirates were slotted at #22 by a pair of C-USA coaches, Tulane's Bob Toledo and Houston's Kevin Sumlin.
David Bailiff of Rice and Neil Callaway of UAB included the Pirates on their final regular season ballots. Larry Fedora and Tommy West both included Houston on their ballots while leaving the Pirates without their votes.
Other coaches to cast votes for the Pirates are Robb Akey of Idaho, Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Al Golden of Temple, Cincinnati's Brian Kelly, Jim Leavitt from South Florida, UCLA's head coach Rick Neuheisel, Steve Spurrier, Rick Stocksill from Middle Tennessee, Charlie Weatherbie from Louisiana-Monroe and Washington State's Paul Wulff.
ECU did not receive any votes from other North Carolina institutions. The coaches of Duke, UNC, NC State and Wake Forest all have votes in the USA Today poll. North Carolina received two votes in the poll as a result of Butch Davis slotting the Tar Heels at #24.