Today, freshmen are making more of an impact in college football than ever. Many new recruits from each signing class are finding themselves avoiding red-shirts because of their talent and potential to make big plays over some of their older teammates. And the same will hold true going into Week 9.
As the BCS and conference races tighten their grip on those teams looking to make the cut, several freshmen will be essential in helping those teams win their respective divisions. And, search for that elusive at-large BCS bowl bid for those who may just miss the cut, but are high enough to be invited.
But what freshman could make that big of an impact that they could mean the difference between a BCS invitation or a trip to a less glamorous, non-BCS bowl?