Star players are finally realizing just how much leverage they have, and for a change, few observers seem to mind when they start using it.
Second-ranked Ohio State knew that injured defensive end Nick Bosa would not be available for Saturday night's Big Ten game at Purdue, but the Buckeyes can now forget about the All-American returning at any point this season to help fix whatever ails...
The annual showdown between Michigan and Michigan State doesn't need more than bragging rights to bring out the best in both football teams. When the game has Big Ten implications, it just adds more juice to a heated rivalry.
Back in late September, Iowa was disappointed but not demoralized after losing its Big Ten opener at home to Wisconsin.
NC State's sixth-year quarterback is known to push buttons and start debates with his teammates about everything, but his mission is simple: Know your job and execute it.
If you're a high-profile coach who has fallen on hard times, come to Tuscaloosa. Nick Saban will get the most out of you and help you land another job.
AP Top 25
Dropped from rankings: Miami 16, Colorado 19, Auburn 21
Others receiving votes: Stanford 71, USC 53, San Diego State 53, Appalachian State 51, Colorado 49, Miami 38, Utah State 38, Utah 33, Duke 17, Texas Tech 8, Fresno State 7, Houston 3, Virginia 2, Maryland 2
Dropped from rankings: Miami 15, Auburn 21
Others receiving votes: Miami 124, Mississippi State 110, Michigan State 98, San Diego State 71, Duke 60, Appalachian State 55, Utah State 33, Utah 32, USC 25, Houston 7, Fresno State 6, South Carolina 5, Army 4, Virginia 4, Auburn 4, Virginia Tech 3, North Texas 3, Iowa State 3, Boston College 1, UAB 1, Texas Tech 1, Buffalo 1