Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: A chance encounter at a buffet set the table for Saturday's Utah-Michigan game. And the almighty ABC/ESPN brought the drinks.
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Observations on Art Briles' debut at Baylor, a humbling 41-13 loss at home to Wake Forest. Plus, the defeat left Baylor officials talking about downgrading the schedule.
Luke DeCock, Raleigh News & Observer: Cutting through the post-North Carolina State gloom.
Wally Hall, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: A reminder to our friends in Arkansas. Reynolds Razorbacks Stadium and the entire Arkansas campus are now tobacco-free. No smoking, dipping or chewing is allowed.
Tim Stephens, Orlando Sentinel: Winners and losers in the Southeastern Conference television deals.
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain-Dealer: The curious decision by Ohio State's Jim Tressel, who won't suspend defensive tackle Doug Worthington, arrested in July on a DUI charge. Thanks to Kevin at FanBlogs.
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota's incoming freshmen scholarship players complied the lowest composite ACT score among eight Big Ten universities that responded to a Freedom of Information Act request. Thanks to EDSBS.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's players got a taste of football in the Deep South on the 45-minute ride from Gainesville's airport to the team hotel.
Bill Mayer, Lawrence Journal-World: The once-free parking slots at Kansas now cost $20 ($40 if your metal monolith devours two niches). What in the name of greed is going on?
Iliana Limon, Orlando Sentinel: The ban on signs at Central Florida's Bright House Networks Stadium has been lifted.
Glenn Guilbeau, Shreveport Times: Louisiana State has moved up the start time of Saturday's game against Appalachian State to 10 a.m. (Central) becuse of the expected strength and path of Gustav.
Terrance Harris, Houston Chronicle: Running back Cornell Tarrant has transferred from Texas A&M to Stephen F. Austin.
Columbus Dispatch: A new deal for Ohio State's Jim Tressel, making him the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten. He'll be paid $3.5 million next year.
Eleven Warriors: The perfect gift for the Ohio State fan who smokes: A vintage Horseshoe ashtray.
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