Coach on the rise
BRADY HOKE Michigan
The Michigan Man has yet to win his first game, but he has put together a stellar coaching staff and reeled in five four-star recruits from Ohio.
Coach on the hot seat
RON ZOOK Illinois
He's coming off a bowl win but is 28--45 with the Illini. The retirement of longtime athletic director Ron Guenther this year could signal other changes.
Best offensive player
EDWIN BAKER RB, Michigan State, Junior
In his first year as a starter, the bruising 5'9" back known as the Rock rolled up 1,201 yards at 5.8 per carry and had 13 touchdowns.
Players to Watch (Top performers from unranked teams)