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10. SMU LB Ja'Gared Davis
The Mustang staff was raving about its athletic sophomore throughout the offseason. Parts of the nation and SMU's first three opponents are beginning to learn why. Davis leads the country in tackles for loss with eight and Conference USA in sacks with four, using his speed to blow past lumbering linemen.
9. Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick
A legend in Reno, he left an indelible mark on Cal Friday night, tormenting the Bears with 181 yards through the air, 148 more on the ground, and five total touchdowns. He's now top 15 nationally in rushing, passing efficiency, and total offense, while also adding a little more meat to that Boise State schedule. />
8. NC State
There is one 3-0 team left in the ACC. And the Wolfpack is it. Call it an indictment of the league, or just go ahead and accept that Tom O'Brien might finally be getting this program around the bend. Cincinnati isn't what it was the past two seasons, but Thursday's blowout win in Raleigh was a huge confidence booster for a school that needs it.
It won't even get much pub in the state of Ohio, but the Rockets have played surprisingly well the last two weekends. Since getting shelled by Arizona in the opener, Toledo has upset MAC rivals Ohio and Western Michigan on the road. Winning with defense, they've had nine sacks, seven picks, and allowed just 59 yards rushing in the wins.
6. West Virginia QB Geno Smith
It's taken just one year of down time for the Mountaineers to develop their next star behind center. The anti-Pat White, Smith is primarily a pocket passer, beginning his debut as the starter with seven touchdowns passes and a single pick. A week after leading West Virginia to a comeback win at Marshall, he strafed Maryland for four touchdown passes on 19-of-29 passing.
5. The Oklahoma State offense
For the second time in three games, the Cowboys went seven under par on a confused opponent. In the opener, RB Kendall Hunter had 257 yards and four scores. On Saturday, Brandon and Clint Chelf combined for eight touchdown passes. It might take a man advantage for defenses to have a shot against Dana Holgorsen's system.
4. Michigan State
On a play that instantly became Spartan folklore, Michigan State defeated Notre Dame on a shrewd fake field goal from the 28-yard line. It's the kind of feast-or-famine decision that's capable of propelling a program to new heights when executed to perfection. />
3. Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett
The numbers were good, but the final drive was even better. Georgia look silly between the hedges, going 21-of-33 for 380 yards and three touchdowns, with the signature moment coming on 73-yard drive in 32 seconds to pull out the game late in the fourth.
2. Stanford QB Andrew Luck
At this rate, the Cardinal is going to have a Heisman finalist in New York City for the second straight year. Used for just a little more than a half, Luck was 17-of-23 for 207 yards and four touchdowns, adding a nifty 52-yard scamper for a score.
The big winners of Week 3, the Huskers were dominant from wire-to-wire, toying with Washington, 56-21. Nebraska had three 100-yard rushers, Taylor Martinez, Roy and Rex Burkhead, and held Jake Locker to 4-of-20 for 71 yards, a touchdown, and two picks.
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