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10. Central Michigan
It seemed pretty innocuous at the time, but when the Chippewas upset Michigan State in East Lansing over a month ago, it was the start of one of the nation’s hottest streaks. Central Michigan hasn’t lost since, taking six straight and really cranking up the offense behind QB Dan LeFevour and WR Antonio Brown. The Chips still get a visit to Boston College in two weeks, an opportunity to pick up some Top 25 consideration.
9. Arizona QB Nick Foles
Three weeks ago, Mike Stoops replaced athletic—and erratic—Matt Scott with Foles. Nice move, coach. The sophomore has been like a steroid for the Wildcat offense. Arizona has scored at least 33 points in each of his three starts, including a seminal moment from Foles on Saturday night. Trailing Stanford 38-29 with 10 minutes left, he led the ‘Cats to two unanswered touchdowns, finishing the game 40-of-51 for 415 yards and three touchdowns.
8. Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews
Here we come, 2,000 yards. Mathews is almost halfway there, with a bunch of mealy defenses still left on the schedule. He’s yet to be held below 100 yards in a game, and failed to score a touchdown in only the Week 2 loss to Wisconsin. At more than 11 yards a clip, he slapped 233 yards rushing on San Jose State, falling a yard shy of his career-high set a month earlier versus Boise State.
7. Texas Tech DE Brandon Sharpe
It’s taken a couple of years, but Sharpe has finally begun to show why he was so highly coveted coming out of Fresno (Calif.) City College. He treated the Nebraska offensive line like a swinging gate over the weekend, collecting seven tackles and four sacks of a helpless Zac Lee. Suddenly one of the nation’s leading pass rushers, he’s had seven of his eight sacks in just the last three games.
6. Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan
Kerrigan is one of those linemen who plays from whistle-to-whistle and with a motor that never stops. There’s no need to remind the Ohio State tackles. The junior abused them all afternoon in the Boilermakers’ shocking upset of the Buckeyes. Unblockable from start to finish, he had a team-high nine tackles, four tackles for loss, there sacks of nimble Terrelle Pryor, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. No surprise that he now leads the Big Ten in sacks.
5. The McCoys
Colt was on the winning end of the Red River Rivalry for the third time in his career. Gerald was in Colt’s grill throughout the game for Oklahoma, making three solo stops, two tackles for loss, a sack, and five quarterback pressures. Anthony had one of the weekend’s best games for a tight end, catching five of Matt Barkley’s passes for 153 yards in USC’s win over Notre Dame. Yup, it was a bad day to be a Hatfield.
4. Boston College RB Montel Harris
School records were falling like the leaves in Chestnut Hill on Saturday. Harris ran wild at the expense of NC State, rushing for a BC-best 264 yards and five touchdowns on 27 carries. Twice in the last three games, he’s set personal marks for yards on the ground, bolting for 179 yards and two scores in the upset of Florida State at the beginning of the month.
3. The Iowa Pass Defense
Tyler Sash, Amari Spievey, Brett Greenwood, and Shaun Prater. You might not know the names, but you should. They form one of the backbones of the Hawkeyes’ improbable 7-0 start. Iowa has been air-tight against the pass all season, holding opponents to less than a 50% completion rate and an average of 167 yards a game. In Saturday’s comeback win at Wisconsin, it shut down the Badger receivers and picked off Scott Tolzien three times.
2. Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Someone is wearing Emmitt Smith’s number ... and channeling him, too. The nation’s fourth-leading rusher, he’s been otherworldly in SEC play, capped by Saturday night’s epic performance against a very good South Carolina defense. With no help at all from the passing attack, he carried ‘Bama to win No. 6, running for 246 yards and a late score on 24 carries. Can you say All-American as a sophomore?
1. The Texas D
Against a pretty soft schedule, few really knew how good this Longhorn defense was going to be in 2009. The cat is no longer in the bag. Texas put on a defensive clinic in Dallas, holding Oklahoma to a single touchdown and creating a bunch of turnovers. Oh, and how about Will Muschamp’s run defense? After limiting the Sooners to -16 yards, the ‘Horns lead the country in stopping the run, yielding a miniscule 1.28 yards a carry.
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