The Huskies have ridden tailback Michael (the Burner) Turner to a No. 12 ranking while knocking off three BCS teams.
How to spoil Philip Rivers's Heisman campaign: Stumble to a 4-3 start, with losses to Wake Forest and Georgia Tech.
Rashaun Woods, WR, Oklahoma State
In a Sept. 20 rout of SMU, Woods caught 13 passes for 232 yards and an NCAA record seven TDs.
Jeff Smoker, QB, Michigan State
After getting booted off the team last year for a substance-abuse problem, the 6'3", 224-pound senior has thrown for 1,818 yards and 12 touchdowns for the 6-1 Spartans.
B.J. Symons, QB, Texas Tech
The surprising Symons has led the Red Raiders to a 5-1 record and set a slew of Big 12 marks.
Darnell Dockett, DT, Florida State
A one-man wrecking crew in the mold of former Seminoles Peter Boulware, Andre Wadsworth and Corey Simon.
Julius Jones, RB, Notre Dame
A star in 2001 Jones was kicked off the team before last season for academic reasons. After taking classes at Arizona State to stay eligible, he rejoined the Irish and rushed for a Notre Dame-record 262 yards in Saturday's 20-14 upset of Pitt.
Chris Leak, QB, Florida
Named the starter on Sept. 22, Leak threw for 229 yards and two TDs in a 19-7 upset of No. 6 LSU on Saturday.
Miami 38, Florida 33
On Sept. 6 at the Orange Bowl former Florida QB Brock Berlin led a furious comeback from a 33-10 third-quarter deficit.
Kellen Winslow, TE, Miami vs. West Virginia
His sprawling catch on fourth-and-13 in the final minute kept the last-ditch drive alive in a 22-20 win.