Take a midseason look at the C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and the Independents.
There might not be a Utah-like story in 2005, but Notre Dame's rise and a surprising TCU squad are stories worth following.
The Irish still have unfinished business to take care of, but Notre Dame has turned a corner under new coach Charlie Weis.
Playing its home games only yards from Churchill Downs, Louisville proved to be nothing short of a sure bet.
Eight Conference USA teams currently rank among the nation's top 53 offenses in yards per game.
Louisville is alone at the top while Southern Miss endured its worst home loss in 13 years.
The blurred image should begin clearing this weekend as several top teams enter gut-check games.