1. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State RB: Rumbled for 257 yards and four scores on 21 carries in a rout of Washington State. Last week: not ranked.
2. Kellen Moore, Boise State QB: Opens the season tonight against Virginia Tech. Last week: not ranked.
3. Patrick Peterson, LSU CB: Racked up 257 return yards, including an 87-yard touchdown, in a win against North Carolina. Last week: not ranked.
4. T.J. Yates, North Carolina QB: Riddled LSU’s secondary, which included Peterson, for 412 yards – 221 to sophomore Jheranie Boyd. Last week: not ranked.
5. Cameron Newton, Auburn QB: Passed for 186 yards and three TDs, ran for 171 and scored two more. Last week: not ranked.