Notre Dame is still winless, but the Fighting Irish are slowly playing better as more youngsters get pressed into service.
Adam Rittenberg takes a look at the best and worst of the I-A Independents, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and C-USA so far.
Colorado State's veteran defensive line is among the toughest in the Mountain West -- and the country, writes Adam Rittenberg.
Boise State has found another star; a passing milestone at Ohio; injury updates at Notre Dame, Navy and UNLV and more in the non-BCS notes.
Take a midseason look at the C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and the Independents.
The Irish still have unfinished business to take care of, but Notre Dame has turned a corner under new coach Charlie Weis.
After ending a 17-game losing streak, George O'Leary and Central Florida can breathe a little easier.
A league that had never sent more than two squads to the postseason reaped five bowl bids this year.
In the last two weeks the MAC standings have been shuffled more than a poker deck at the Bellagio.
Akron's remarkable comeback devastated Marshall and spun the MAC East Division into a tizzy.
The Thundering Herd will make a major contribution to the draft, but they'll be distributing defenders this time around.
Last Saturday's games showed that quarterbacks from the frigid Midwest can pass the ball as well as anyone in the country.
Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe was overlooked by several schools, but is finally earning some recognition.
Will Marshall, Northern Illinois or Toledo be left out when the MAC goes bowling?
Ohio's spread offense ambushed Kentucky, giving the Bobcats' program a historic victory.
Marshall and Miami renew a rivalry Wednesday that has been defined by exceptional play, hot tempers and flashes of controversy.