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BIG 12 BIG BOYS

_No. 5 West Virginia (5-0)

So far: QB Geno Smith has taken hold of the Heisman Trophy race and the Mountaineers have no doubt been the most exciting team in the country.

Key remaining games: at Texas Tech (Oct. 13); No. 6 Kansas State (Oct. 20); Oklahoma (Nov. 17).

_No. 6 Kansas State (5-0)

So far: The Wildcats won at Oklahoma and have been prolific in a more methodical way than their souped-up Big 12 rivals.

Key remaining games: at Iowa State (Oct. 13); at West Virginia (Oct. 20); Texas (Dec. 1).

Forecast: The Big 12 is the most balanced conference in the country, and while the Mountaineers and Wildcats are the hot teams in the league, just about every game they play figures to be a challenge. And that’s no way to stay undefeated.

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BLOCKING BAMA

_No. 3 South Carolina (6-0)

So far: The Gamecocks’ 35-7 victory against Georgia on Saturday might have been the most impressive performance of the season.

Key remaining games: at LSU (Oct. 13); at Florida (Oct. 20); at Clemson (Nov. 24).

_No. 4 Florida (5-0)

So far: The Gators have been transformed into a rugged, Bama-like team under coach Will Muschamp. Three times they have rallied in the second half to win.

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