Mid-Season College Football Review/Rankings

Plenty of college football has been played in 2012. Teams to beat and star players have emerged. Meanwhile, teams who came into the season with high expectations have floundered.

First off, here is my updated top 25:
1. (Last week: 1) Alabama
2. (2) Oregon
3. (4) Kansas State
4. (5) Florida
5. (6) Notre Dame
6. (7) Oklahoma
7. (9) LSU
8. (12) Florida State
9. (3) South Carolina
10. (10) Clemson
11. (11) Oregon State
12. (15) USC
13. (13) Ohio State
14. (14) Mississippi State
15. (16) Georgia
16. (18) Louisville
17. (19) Rutgers
18. (23) Michigan
19. (22) Cincinnati
20. (20) Texas A&M
21. (Not Ranked) Texas Tech
22. (17) Stanford
23. (24) NC State
24. (8) West Virginia
25. (NR) Boise State

And, now it is time for the College Sports Town Mid-Season Awards:

Heisman: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
His team may not be eligible to make a bowl this season, but Braxton Miller has been college football’s most outstanding player in leading Ohio State to a 7-0 start to the season. Miller has accounted for over 2000 yards and has found the end zone 11 times through the air and nine times on the ground. He has helped the Buckeyes overcome a shakey defense with his electrifying play under center. To capture the award for the season, Miller will not only need to continue his statistical excellence, but will also need to get Ohio State to 12-0 with a win over rival Michigan in the Buckeyes’ Super Bowl.

Coach Of The Year: Brian Kelly, Notre Dame
Brian Kelly has managed Notre Dame beautifully. Despite inexperience at QB, Notre Dame has swept through the first half of an extraordinarily difficult schedule using a talented, opportunistic, defense. Few coaches in America would have Notre Dame where they are right now.

Defensive Player Of The Year: Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Kelly’s success thus far is in large part due to efforts of linebacker Manti Te’o. Te’o has dominated despite personal tragedy, both his grandmother and girlfriend died on the same day this September, and has intercepted three passes. Te’o is on pace for over 100 tackles.

Finally, here is a ranking of the conferences:
1. SEC
2. Pac-12
3. Big 12
4. ACC
5. Big East
6. Big Ten
7. Mountain West
8. MAC
9. Conference USA
10. Sun Belt
11. WAC

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