Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Where in college football might a 6-6 record be better than 10-3 or 11-2? At Penn State, where administrators would like the Nittany Lions to tumble, making it easier to push Joe Paterno out the door.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: The rest of the college football world is willing to wait 15 more weeks before announcing the winners of major awards, including the Heisman Trophy. But he can't hold off any longer, especially when so many deserving participants already have earned special mention.
Jim Moore, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: He goes undercover to see if Washington's Tyrone Willingham has anything of interest to say to boosters. The dry Willingham, of course, put everybody to sleep.
Ed Barkowitz, Philadelphia Inquirer: Fifty things to ponder before they tee it up on Thursday night.
Michael Hunt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Why is Wisconsin playing Cal Poly? Because Badger coach Bret Bielema backed out of a deal to play Virginia Tech. Hunt writes: "Wisconsin is a big-time program that should act the part by playing a Virginia Tech-level non-conference team as often as possible."
Neill Woelk, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado should be calling the shots in its series against Colorado State.