1. Pac-10—The conference has been pitiful this season and doesn't have a team ranked in the Top 25. Pac-IO schools are 0-4 against Top 25 teams, and preseason favorite Arizona has been a major dud. Stanford leads the league with a 3-0 record, but the Cardinal has been trounced by Texas and San Jose State.
2. Peter Warrick, WR/KR, Florida State—The 6-foot, 195-pound senior doesn't have to worry about buying a suit for the Heisman Trophy presentation. He's no longer the front-runner for the a ward after being charged with third-degree felony grand theft.
3. Louisville's Defense—While the Cardinals' offense averages 493.5 yards per game, second highest in the nation, their defense surrenders 420.8 yards and is ranked 96th. Last week it allowed 564 yards in a 59-52 double-overtime loss to Army.
4. Jamie Barnette, QB, North Carolina State—The 6-foot, 196-pound senior entered the season as the Wolf pack's alltime leader in passing yards (7,141) and touchdown throws (46), but in six games this fall, he has had six interceptions and six touchdown passes for an offense averaging just 243.7 yards and ranked 108th in the nation.
5. Miami—The Hurricanes showed promise in an impressive 23-12 victory over Ohio State in the Kickoff Classic but then regressed, blowing fourth-quarter leads in losses to Penn State and East Carolina. Adding insult to injury, Miami was outdueled by instate rival Florida State last week and fell to 2-3.
6. Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin—The 5'10", 252-pound senior (above) has rushed for 853 yards, but the Great Dayne hasn't been so great in the clutch. He fumbled two yards shy of the end zone in the fourth quarter of a 17-12 defeat at Cincinnati and was held to zero yards in the second half of the Badgers' 21-16 loss to Michigan.
7. Virginia—Expected to contend for the ACC title, the Cavaliers (3-3) are in fourth place after Saturday's 24-17 OT loss to previously winless Duke.
8. DeAngelo Evans, I-back, Nebraska—The 5'9". 215-pound junior quit the Huskers on Sept. 12, citing a diminished role. The Cornhuskers miss his me-me-me attitude so much that they're averaging 265.4 rushing yards per game, fifth best in the nation.
9. West Virginia—Mountaineer fans weren't expecting a Big East title after losing running back Amos Zereoue, the conference's alltime leading rusher, to the NFL, but a 1-4 start has West Virginia in danger of suffering its first losing season since 1995.
10. South Carolina—Granted, nobody believed Lou Holtz would turn the Gamecocks into a national championship contender this season, but many observers thought Holtz would turn South Carolina in the right direction. The Gamecocks (0-6) have shown few signs of life and own the nation's longest losing streak (16 games).