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At the mid point, eight SEC schools have at least five ESPN 300 commits and three powerhouses are in the running for the nation's top player.
West Virginia is now 5-0, up to No. 12 in the AP poll and gets its next test against TCU, plus other storylines around the Big 12.
Notre Dame, which has lost four of its past five and is off to a 2-5 start, has its bye week at an ideal time, with the school on midterm break.
While USC has the Pac-12's top class, the league is lagging behind the rest of the Power 5 with several teams below 10 commitments.
Washington and Washington State are the final two Pac-12 teams unbeaten in conference play.
Can Northwestern running back Justin Jackson continue to put up big numbers against Big Ten foes?