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10. Utah State
The last time the Aggies defeated BYU, few of the players on either sideline had even started kindergarten. By snapping a 10-game losing to the in-state rival Cougars, Utah State moved to within a game of .500 and will continue WAC play with a fighter’s chance of getting hot and achieving bowl eligibility.
9. Pitt RB Ray Graham
Did Dion Lewis change his name and number in the offseason. Uh-uh. As Lewis struggles with suspect blocking and a bum shoulder, Graham has ably filled the void. Dissatisfied with simply going over 100 yards for a third straight game, he erupted for one of the best games ever by a Panther back, running 29 times for 277 yards and three scores against Florida International.
8. Hawaii QB Bryant Moniz
The Warriors are at it again, producing a prolific passer capable of carving up opposing defenses. Moniz now has 15 touchdown passes, 10 in the last two games, and leads the nation in total offense. His top receivers, Kealoha Pilares and Greg Salas combined for a ridiculous 28 receptions for 414 yards and four scores in the blowout of Louisiana Tech.
7. Baylor QB Robert Griffin
Oh, he’s all the way back from last year’s season-ending injury. Griffin set a Baylor school record with 444 total yards, completing 26-of-36 passes for 380 yards, three touchdowns and no picks, while adding 64 yards and a score in a rout of Kansas. By the way, when was the last time the Bears beat anyone in the Big 12 or SWC, 55-7?
6. Virginia Tech
Given up for dead after losing to James Madison, the Hokies have roared back with three straight wins, the last two on the road against ACC opponents. Even without star RB Ryan Williams, Tech rallied in Raleigh behind 317 rushing yards, 160 from backup Darren Evans and 121 from QB Tyrod Taylor. In a wide-open conference, Frank Beamer’s kids are surprisingly right back in the hunt.
5. The Miami D
The backbone of the program’s early success, the Hurricanes are consistently getting pressure and creating takeaways. As fast and ferocious as Randy Shannon needs his defenders to be, Miami is No. 2 nationally in sacks—behind Florida State—and has had nine turnovers in the two big wins over Pitt and Clemson. The pass defense is air-tight, and led by LB Sean Spence, four different ‘Canes have at least four tackles for loss.
4. The Iowa D
In five games, the Hawkeyes have allowed just four offensive touchdowns, and not one on the ground. In fact, they’ve now gone nearly 124 minutes without allowing the other team to score six. With the weather getting cooler and the wind beginning to pick up in the Midwest, it’s going to be tough moving the sticks on Adrian Clayborn and the boys. Next up? A trip to Ann Arbor in two weeks.
3. The streak of sophomores winning the Heisman
Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Mark Ingram … Denard Robinson? It’s still early, but it looks like a pretty safe bet right now. And if Robinson isn’t the man, the ranks of the sophomores still have some viable contenders, such as Oregon’s LaMichael James and Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Robinson, by the way, has been almost otherworldly in the first half, twice rushing and passing for more than 200 yards in the same game.
2. Oregon RB LaMichael James
The sophomore is going to have his say in the Heisman race before the final votes are cast. Since missing the opener to a suspension, he’s rushed for 712 yards and seven touchdowns in the last four games. On Saturday night with a big chunk of the country watching on Saturday night, he shredded Stanford for a career-high 257 yards rushing and three scores in a monster all-around effort.
1. Alabama Red Zone D
Prior to Saturday night’s game in Tuscaloosa, Florida had scored on 15 consecutive red zone trips, 14 of which were touchdowns. Against ‘Bama? How about one field goal in four visits? It looks as if the Tide is all done rebuilding on defense, getting stellar efforts out of CB Dre Kirkpatrick, FS Robert Lester, LB Courtney Upshaw, and SS Mark Barron, to name just a handful.
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