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Six down. Six to go. Maybe more.
As we reach the halfway point of the 2008 season, we've already learned a lot about college football.
Texas, Alabama and Penn State? They're back. Michigan, Nebraska and Tennessee? Not so much.
With six teams ranked in the Top 25, the Big 12 is the best conference in college football. The SEC -- with three teams ranked in the top 10 -- isn't far behind.
Here's a closer look at a half-dozen things we learned in the first seven weeks of the season, and six things I can't wait to see in the second half:
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Nick Saban has brought back the good old days at Alabama.
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Colt McCoy not only has a chance at a national title; he's also jumped to the top of the Heisman race.
5. Can Penn State go undefeated?
The Nittany Lions are winning with offense (38-24 over Illinois), defense (20-6 at Purdue) and everything in between (48-7 at Wisconsin). Quarterback Daryll Clark has directed the spread offense to perfection, throwing for 1,360 yards with 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Tailback Evan Royster has been better than expected, running for 719 yards and nine touchdowns. Maybe Joe Paterno should have coached from the press box all along. Penn State's biggest tests come at Ohio State on Oct. 25 and at home against Michigan State on Nov. 22.
6. Which team busts up the BCS?
There are three teams from non-BCS conferences that are capable of earning a BCS spot: No. 9 BYU, No. 14 Utah and No. 15 Boise State. The Cougars have two major hurdles: at TCU on Thursday night and at rival Utah on Nov. 22. The Broncos are 5-0 and should cruise through their schedule until their final two games -- at Nevada on Nov. 22 and home against Fresno State on Nov. 28. The Utes play TCU and BYU at home.
1. Colt McCoy, Texas
The junior thrust himself into serious Heisman Trophy consideration, completing 28 of 35 passes for 277 yards with one touchdown in a 45-35 upset of No. 1 Oklahoma.
2. Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
The sophomore was nearly flawless in the Sooners' loss, completing 28 of 39 passes for 387 yards with five touchdowns in Dallas.
3. Daryll Clark, Penn State
The signal-caller in Penn State's spread offense ran for two touchdowns and passed for another score in a 48-7 rout at Wisconsin.
4. Josh Freeman, Kansas State
The junior is really good when he is on his game, throwing for 234 yards and running for four touchdowns in a 44-30 victory at Texas A&M.
5. Tim Hiller, Western Michigan
Hiller kept the Broncos unbeaten in MAC play, throwing for 345 yards and four touchdowns on 42-for-63 passing in a 34-28 overtime win over Buffalo.
1. Arizona State
The Sun Devils were supposed to challenge USC in the Pac-10, but lost to the Trojans 28-0, their fourth defeat in a row.
The Tigers started the season ranked in the top 10, but are 1-2 in ACC play after Thursday night's 12-7 loss at Wake Forest.
The Badgers' 48-7 loss to Penn State was their worst defeat since 1989 and dropped their record in Big Ten play to 0-3.
The Volunteers are off to their worst start in two decades after Saturday's 26-14 loss at Georgia.
The Scarlet Knights lost at Cincinnati 13-10, their 12th defeat in their past 23 games.
1. Percy Harvin, Florida
The Florida offense is much better when Harvin is healthy. Exhibit A: His six catches for 112 yards and two touchdowns in a 51-21 rout of LSU.
2. Jordan Shipley, Texas
McCoy's roommate caught 11 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown and returned a kickoff 96 yards for a score against Oklahoma.
3. Nick Moore, Toledo
The Rocket man caught 20 passes -- most ever against Michigan -- in Toledo's stunning 13-10 upset in the Big House.
4. Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina
Nicks was a steady force for the Tar Heels in a 29-24 win over Notre Dame, catching nine passes for 141 yards.
5. Austin Collie, BYU
The junior caught nine passes for 162 yards with one touchdown in a 21-3 victory over New Mexico.
Something really strange must have happened on the Plains last week for coach Tommy Tuberville to fire offensive coordinator Tony Franklin.
The Wolverines might want to ditch the spread offense after losing to a MAC school for the first time.
3. Washington State
The Cougars had more penalty yards (145) than total yards (132) in a 66-13 loss to Oregon State.
After going to the Rose Bowl in 2007, the Illini are 3-3 after a 27-20 loss to Minnesota at home.
The defending national champions were exposed in a 51-21 loss at Florida. How long will coach Les Miles stick with a two-quarterback system?
1. Cedric Peerman, Virginia
The senior has regained his form from 2007, running 16 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-20 win over East Carolina.
2. Michael Smith, Arkansas
Smith ran 35 times for 176 yards with one touchdown, helping the Razorbacks stun Auburn 25-22.
3. Noel Devine, West Virginia
Devine finally took off in a 17-6 win over Syracuse, running 18 times for 188 yards with one touchdown.
4. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
The 5-foot-8 sophomore ran 24 times for 154 yards and one touchdown in a 28-23 upset of No. 3 Missouri.
5. Jeffrey Demps, Florida
The freshman ran 10 times for 129 yards and one touchdown against LSU.