Before we get to the major hardware, we wanted to give a shout-out to the players in the other three divisions of college football.
While the vast majority of these players move on to careers outside of athletics, the players good enough to earn awards often find their names called during the NFL draft the following spring.
So why not give these guys a mention in our midseason awards?
Football Championship Subdivision
The FCS is unique in the fact that it has no single MVP award. The top offensive player in the FCS is awarded the Walter Payton Award, while the top defensive player receives the Buck Buchanan Award.
One game an award winner does not make, but it's hard to ignore Taylor Heinicke's performance for soon-to-be-FBS Old Dominion earlier this season against New Hampshire.
Heinicke threw for a Division I-record 730 yards and five touchdowns in a 64-61 win.
Heinicke is just a sophomore, and with Old Dominion's impending move up the college football ladder, he'll have the opportunity to win some FBS hardware before his career is over.
On defense, we're giving our halfway nod to Georgetown's Robert McCabe.
A 6'2", 234-pound linebacker, McCabe finished the month of September leading the FCS with 13.6 tackles per game. He also recorded double-digit tackles in every game for the Hoyas this season, and he was the Patriot League's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year—apparently for good reason.
McCabe is also on pace to obliterate Georgetown's single-season tackles record.
The nation's top Division II player receives the Harlon Hill Trophy.
After seven games, Bloomsburg University's Franklyn Quiteh has amassed an almost unbelievable 1,243 rushing yards—or 177.4 yards per game.
Incidentally, the Bloomsburg Huskies are second in Division II in terms of total offense, averaging 526.7 yards per game.
Division III has two “player of the year” awards, the Melberger Award and the Gagliardi Trophy. Both offensive and defensive players are eligible for either award.
Heinicke's aforementioned pass performance is only a Division I record instead of an NCAA record because of the Week 1 exploits of Sam Durley of Eureka College.
In the season opener against Knox College, Durley broke what was then the all-division record held by Houston's David Klingler with 736 passing yards—six more yards than Heinicke threw a few weeks later.