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10. Troy QB Corey Robinson
The redshirt freshman is coming into his own as the young leader of the Trojan offense. Through five games, he's tossed 11 touchdown passes and just three picks, failing to be held under 250 yards through the air. Paying tribute to his mom on the one-year anniversary of her passing, he went 26-of-37 for 259 yards and three touchdowns in last Tuesday's rout of Middle Tennessee State.
After beating Akron, Maine, and Colgate, the Orange delivered the breakthrough win it was desperately seeking, beating South Florida in Tampa, 13-9. Forget the style points, which were non-existent. Syracuse is now 4-1 behind the play of an ornery defense, and can seriously start thinking about bowl eligibility in Doug Marrone's second year at his alma mater.
8. Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon
The new Michael Crabtree of the Big 12, Blackmon is flourishing in the Cowboys' aerial attack. The nation's leader in every major statistical category for receivers, he had a career-high 13 catches Friday night, giving him 47 on the year for 748 yards and 11 touchdowns.
7. Texas Tech QB Taylor Potts
Mike Leach is no longer in Lubbock. The huge numbers from the quarterback position remain on campus. Potts won his entertaining duel with Baylor's Robert Griffin, throwing for 463 yards and four touchdown passes to give him 17 scoring strikes on the season.
6. The Florida State ground game
The undisputed star of the Seminoles' four-game winning streak, the running game has pounded out more than 200 yards on the ground behind a terrific offensive line. Best of all, the contributions are coming from multiple sources, with Chris Thompson, Jermaine Thomas, and Ty Jones all delivering 100-yard games this year.
5. Auburn QB Cam Newton
The SEC's leading rusher, Newton is showing a knack for saving his best performances when the Tigers need him the most. When Auburn had to rally late to defeat South Carolina two weeks ago, he accounted for five touchdowns. On Saturday night in Lexington, with his team on the ropes, he ran for 198 scores and four touchdowns.
4. Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez
Of all the great rushing performances by a Husker quarterback in school history, none was more prolific than Martinez's in Manhattan on Thursday. He went for 241 yards and four touchdowns on 15 carries, while accounting for a school freshmen-record 369 yards of total offense. He's now rushed for at least 100 yards in all but one game and has accounted for 15 scores.
3. Les Miles
The Inspector Clouseau of the coaching ranks, Miles has a knack for taking the circuitous, often head-scratching route, yet keeps finding his way to the finish line. Maybe, just maybe, the coach really knows some things that absolutely no one else does. How else can you explain the Tigers' excuse-me 6-0 start and back-to-back wins in utterly bizarre fashion?
2. Michigan State
It's beginning to look like one of those special seasons in East Lansing that occur once every generation. Between the fake field goal to defeat Notre Dame, the return of Mark Dantonio from a heart attack, and Saturday's blowout of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the Spartans are picking up confidence, like a downhill snowball. The running game and defense have come around beyond anyone's wildest expectations, taking on the image of their head coach.
1. South Carolina
The Gamecocks didn't just defeat the No. 1 team for the first time in school history—they mauled ‘t the point of attack. Stephen Garcia may have reached a turning point in his erratic career, the D was phenomenal, and WR Alshon Jeffery has emerged as one of the top young receivers in America. If not for a fourth quarter collapse in The Loveliest Village on the Plains two weeks ago, South Carolina would probably be the nation's top-ranked team at the midway point.
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