Playing its home games only yards from Churchill Downs, Louisville proved to be nothing short of a sure bet.
Our scouts go inside each of this week's Top 25 matchups with game breakdowns and predictions.
ESPN.com recaps the Top 25 and hands out a few game balls.
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.
New defensive coordinator Mike Cassity has raised Louisville's expectations and instilled a wild aggression in his players.
He's not getting a lot of attention, but Louisville QB Stefan LeFors is quietly getting the job done.
Coach Tommy West and the Memphis Tigers could be heading for a big season.
A team-by-team look back at the best of the worst of the C-USA this year.
The face of Conference USA will never be the same.
TCU has survived some close calls to remain in the BCS hunt, but obstacles remain.
The showdown between TCU and Southern Miss could be something special.