Notre Dame has had little, if anything to gripe about regarding its position with the BCS. And recent developments have improved the outlook for non-BCS conferences as well, writes Adam Rittenberg.
From Hawaii's success to Notre Dame's struggles, here's a look at the non-BCS teams' midseason report.
Boise State's charge into a BCS bowl and Colt Brennan's record year highlights the non-BCS conferences overview.
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.
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 Bearcats are back in the bowl picture, and have a chance to play spoiler against Southern Miss and Louisville.
Louisville and Southern Miss have surged ahead of the pack, after UAB and Memphis dropped critical games.
A 42-35 victory last Saturday at South Florida gave Army its first "winning streak" since 1997.
The Louisville-East Carolina rivalry has featured contentious and occasionally ugly acts from both sides.
New defensive coordinator Mike Cassity has raised Louisville's expectations and instilled a wild aggression in his players.
The blurred image should begin clearing this weekend as several top teams enter gut-check games.
Southern Miss snapped Nebraska's long non-conference home win streak, but their coach wasn't surprised.
He's not getting a lot of attention, but Louisville QB Stefan LeFors is quietly getting the job done.