Naturally, some of the usual suspects—Oklahoma and Oregon, to name two—pose atop the rankings midway through the season.
The beauty of college football, however, is in the surprises. South Carolina beats Alabama. Auburn sits undefeated. Florida State is back among the nation's best.
Certainly, the players are very much responsible for a team's performance. But it's the coaches who mold the players into a unit worthy of taking the field each Saturday.
Here are the Coach of the Year candidates halfway through the 2010 college football campaign. This list may change by season's end, but, to this point, the following 10 men have their teams—and their fan bases—singing the schools' fight songs with pride.