The BCS computer rankings haven't been kind to Hawaii, but a tough closing stretch should give the Warriors a boost. That's just one of the topics covered in the non-BCS notebook.
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.
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.
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.