RISING: Only at Texas Tech could a quarterback throw for seven touchdowns and 490 yards and not be guaranteed to start the next game. But that's what Mike Leach said after former walk-on Steven Sheffield torched Kansas State. "You'll have to stay tuned," Leach said. Sheffield was playing for injured starter Taylor Potts.
FALLING: Missouri's season was perfect for 4 3/4 games. Now the Tigers must figure out whether Nebraska's 27 consecutive points in the fourth quarter were just a bad period or cold slap of reality.
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RISING: Pittsburgh pulled off one of the best victories in the Dave Wannstedt era, rallying from 15 down and beating Connecticut by a field goal. Another big day for freshman running back Dion Lewis, who went for 158 yards.
FALLING: Is the Greg Paulus era over at Syracuse? He was benched for the second half of a home loss to West Virginia after throwing his 10th interception of the season.
RISING: Jacquizz Rodgers, mentioned early as a possible Heisman candidate, busted out for Oregon State. He's been held to fewer than 100 yards for three straight, but he went for 189 yards and four touchdowns as the Beavers beat Stanford.
FALLING: UCLA had put together a nice first half, leading Oregon 3-0. But the Ducks' Kenjon Barner returned the second-half kickoff 100 yards, beginning an avalanche and keeping the Bruins winless in conference play.
RISING: It's 1985 all over again in Iowa. The victory over Michigan makes the Hawkeyes one of only two 6-0 teams and sends the program off to its best start in almost a quarter century.
FALLING: Most major-college football in Indiana is reeling. Purdue and Indiana are a combined 0-4 in Big Ten play, Ball State is 0-6. Only Notre Dame is winning.
RISING: Alabama moved to No. 2 in the polls by dominating another foe. The Tide picked off Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead four times and had the home fans booing their Rebels. Bama should reach the SEC title game undefeated.
FALLING: False alarm or just a bad day for Auburn? The Tigers crashed at Arkansas for their first loss, and the offense that had been so good through five games didn't get going until the third quarter. By then, it was too late.
RISING: Let's make Wake Forest the team to beat in the Atlantic Division. Why not? Nobody seems to want it. The Deacons stomped Maryland in a game not as close as the 10-point margin. Everybody in the division has at least one loss and four have at least two.
FALLING: The Bobby Bowden controversy has turned very public, with fans showing up for the Georgia Tech game in white (support Bowden) or black (against Bowden). Mostly, fans wore the school colors. Nothing is helping the Seminoles on the field, however. The Georgia Tech loss kept them winless (0-3) in ACC play.
RISING: Under first-year coach Dave Christensen, Wyoming is tied for the Mountain West lead after a 37-13 whipping of New Mexico. The road gets rougher for the Cowboys, but this team is playing above expectations.
FALLING: Miami of Ohio has played one of the more difficult schedules in the season's first half and has paid the price. Losses to top-10 programs Boise State and Cincinnati along with Kentucky and Northwestern have helped send the RedHawks to an 0-6 record.