Ohio State's Troy Smith may be the consensus Heisman leader, but in the pass-efficiency standings there is no better quarterback than Pitt's Tyler Palko. His rating of 188.6 is 15.8 points higher than Smith's, and the Panthers star has passed for 166 more yards (1,661 to 1,495) and has a higher completion percentage (70.8 to 68.2). "Tyler Palko has been excellent," coach Dave Wannstedt told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. "I mean, the guy is managing the games, he is moving the sticks. He has just been fantastic." Palko would still need to get his team to the BCS, though, to get any serious consideration for the hardware.
In honor of the one-game suspensions -- for the ultra-important Duke game, no less! -- handed down to Miami players after their embarrassing brawl with Florida International, the 'Canes drop one spot in the rankings to No. 34. Hopefully they don't read this; we'd prefer not to get helmet-whipped.
Falling out of the SI.com Top 25 was hardly the most devastating thing to happen to the Huskies this week. Not even close -- because they also lost the heart and soul of their team, playmaking quarterback Isiah Stanback, to a foot injury suffered in a loss to Oregon State. Junior Carl Bonnell -- a former transfer from Washington State who's had an injury-riddled career at the UW -- is listed as the No. 1 QB on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Cal.
If you were looking for a raging, Saturday-afternoon party, there was no better place to be than in Bloomington, Ind. There, the Hoosiers upset No. 15 Iowa 31-28 and wild celebration ensued, complete with players crowd-surfing in the student section and coach Terry Hoeppner telling a sideline reporter that his program -- a perennial Big Ten doormat -- was a "shooting rocket."