Welcome to the greatest Heisman Trophy race in history, otherwise known as the 2009 college football season. All other topics take a back seat, from Florida's quest to repeat to Charlie Weis' derriere on the hot seat.
For the first time in 74 years of Heisman races, two previous winners are dueling for the trophy.
Florida's Tim Tebow and Oklahoma's Sam Bradford both play the glamour position (quarterback) at glamour schools that have designs on the Bowl Championship Series title.
Tebow, the '07 Heisman winner and two-time national champion who performs missionary work in the Philippines.
Bradford, the '08 winner and likely No. 1 pick in the NFL draft who directed the most prolific offense in the history of the game.
Yet the race is so loaded, Tebow and Bradford aren't even the clear favorites.
Both will have to repel Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, who completed 77 percent of his passes last season (an NCAA record) and finished second in the Heisman voting.
Never before have the top three finishers returned to college the following season.
Any other year, Cal tailback Jahvid Best "" he of the dazzling speed and 80-yard runs "" would be a preseason favorite.
Any other year, Florida's quest for its second consecutive national title, and third in four years, would be the big story.
Any other year, all eyes would be on Weis, who returns for his fifth and possibly final season in South Bend.
Those are compelling stories, and there are plenty more: from Lane Kiffin's first season at Tennessee to Terrelle Pryor's second at Ohio State; from USC's 18-year-old Matt Barkley to Penn State's 82-year-old Joe Paterno; from Boise State's attempt to crash the BCS to Michigan's attempt to get bowl-eligible.
But this year, those are all in the background. This year, it's all about the Heisman and those quarterbacks.
National-title game: Florida vs. Texas. Make it three titles in four years for the Gators.
Rose Bowl: Cal vs. Ohio State. One of the toughest tickets in Rose history.
Orange Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Penn State. Another BCS thumping for the Big Ten.
Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. USC. Trojans fans are tired of the Rose Bowl anyway.
Sugar Bowl: Mississippi vs. Pittsburgh. He who picks last ... gets Pittsburgh.
Coaches on the hot seat
Charlie Weis, Notre Dame: Must win at least eight games or he's done.
Dan Hawkins, Colorado: With 13 victories in three years, it's bowl or bust.
Lane Kiffin, Tennessee: Talked the talk and broke the rules. But can he coach?
Paul Wulff, Washington State: Another abominable year could be problematic.
Five must-see games
Sept. 12, USC at Ohio State: Will the Trojans' dominance of the Big Ten continue?
Oct. 3, USC at Cal: Circumstances similar to '03, when Cal won in triple OT.
Oct. 10, Florida at LSU: Best chance to see the Tebow train derailed.
Oct. 17, Texas vs. Oklahoma: Winner becomes a front-runner for BCS title game.
Nov. 7, Ohio State at Penn State: Nittany Lions should be undefeated when the Buckeyes visit.
Team on the rise
UCLA: Loaded defense, improved offensive line and the second year in Norm Chow's offense should propel the Bruins, who were 4-8 last season, into a bowl game.
Team on the decline
Utah: No chance for an undefeated season or a BCS bid with a rebuilt offense and difficult schedule.
SEC: The kingpin again thanks to powerhouses Florida, Mississippi, LSU and Alabama, but its advantage over the Big 12 has narrowed.
Big East: Doesn't have anything close to a top-10 team, but the BCS automatic bid remains intact (unfortunately).
Oklahoma: Good thing the Sooners are loaded. They are likely to play nine bowl-bound teams ... and only three at home.
Florida State: BYU and Florida plus a tough ACC schedule mean only a few easy weeks for the 'Noles.
Penn State: With a non-conference lineup of Akron, Temple, Syracuse and Eastern Illinois, JoePa should be ashamed.
Rutgers: Look for a big season from the Scarlet Knights thanks to Howard, Florida International, Texas Southern and Maryland.
And the Heisman goes to ...
Texas quarterback Colt McCoy. It's his turn.
1. Cal: Rose Bowl drought ends with Jahvid Best, the defense and USC at home.
2. USC: Injuries and tough early schedule equate to second place.
3. Oregon: Not sold on the D-line or Chip Kelly (as a head coach).
4. UCLA: Defense will win games if the offense doesn't lose them.
5. Oregon State: Probably will make me look bad yet again.
6. Stanford: Toughest team to project. Could finish fifth or eighth.
7. Arizona State: Better than last year but still not very good.
8. Arizona: Unresolved quarterback situation doesn't bode well.
9. Washington: New-coach bounce should translate to four wins.
10. Washington State: Better than last year but still terrible.
1. Boise State: Beat Oregon in the opener and BSU could crash the BCS.
2. Nevada: Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is terrific, but how stout is the defense?
3. Fresno State: Hosts Boise State six days after trip to Wisconsin.
4. Louisiana Tech: If the cornerbacks hold, second place is possible.
5. San Jose State: Must stay healthy through USC-Utah-Stanford opening.
6. Utah State: The most improved team in the conference, by far.
7. Hawaii: Not sold on Greg McMackin, even when his mouth is shut.
8. Idaho: Hasn't won five games since 2000 and won't start this year.
9. New Mexico State: Best of luck to rookie coach DeWayne Walker.