From Notre Dame's struggles to establish a running game to Northern Illinois' injury woes, the non-automatic BCS conferences and independents are covered here.
From Western Michigan shutting down Garrett Wolfe and NIU to Notre Dame getting healthy for UCLA, the non-BCS and independents are covered here.
Take a midseason look at the C-USA, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt, WAC and the Independents.
Notre Dame hopes to start a new winning streak against former coach Ty Willingham and Washington.
Despite distractions, Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis hopes to keep his team focused for the home opener against Michigan State.