Conference play has geared into full-swing, allowing America's top freshmen their first glimpse at teams they might see multiple times during their career.
That shift away from non-league play also ups the level of competition, forcing college football's best first-year players to go up against other former blue-chip recruits instead of FCS dregs and cream puffs from non-power leagues.
Success can no longer be considered a fluke and failure can no longer be considered a slow start. It's time for these future starts to put up or shut up.
Otherwise, they could be in store for a long offseason of questions.
Note: This list consists of the top six true freshmen on 247Sports' composite; one player from outside the top six who has most impressed; and one superlative redshirt who couldn't be ignored.