BIGGEST TURNAROUND: After beginning the season 1-4, West Virginia won seven straight to finish 8-4 and earn a share of the Big East title.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: In just its second season in Division I-A, UConn finished 9-3 and beat teams from the ACC, the Big East and the Big Ten.
BIGGEST STATEMENT: From Northern Illinois's explosive start to Miami of Ohio's mighty finish, the Mid-American Conference made people realize that MAC teams can play with the big boys.
BEST GAME: Was anyone surprised that the battle between Florida State and Florida on Nov. 29 ended in fisticuffs? The two bitter rivals swapped the lead four times in the fourth quarter before Seminoles quarterback Chris Rix hit P.K. Sam on a 52-yard scoring strike with 55 seconds remaining to give Florida State a 38-34 victory.