1. Iowa's Kirk Ferentz is proving once again why he's one of the game's most respected coaches. The Hawkeyes have won five straight to improve to 7-2 despite losing their top four tailbacks to injury since the start of the season.
2. The best quarterback you've never heard of is Akron senior Charlie Frye. The career 10,000-yard passer threw for a pair of touchdowns in the final three minutes of a 31-28 win over Marshall, lifting the Zips into a three-way tie for first in the MAC East.
3. An unnecessary play may cost Tennessee a chance at the SEC title. The Vols lost QB Erik Ainge to a separated right shoulder after he was sacked while setting up for a Hail Mary--from his own 32--on the last play of the first half against Notre Dame.
-- Stewart Mandel