Jim Carty, Ann Arbor News: Rich Rod promised Michigan will be back — twice. With that came the unspoken acknowledgment that Wolverine football somehow needs to be back, the sort of thing you never would have heard from Lloyd Carr or Bo Schembechler after a loss.
Steve Kelley, Seattle Times: This is Tyrone Willingham's mess to clean up. After the season, it will be somebody else's mess. Washington is 0-3, but the search for a new coach almost certainly won't begin until mid-December.
Mike Wise, Washington Post: Maryland's victory over California was a message from Ralph Friedgen and his players to critics: People, please, stay out of the chat rooms while at work.
Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: Don't look now, but Duke's David Cutcliffe is probably three or four more wins from securing Atlantic Coast Conference coach of the year honors.
T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times: USC's Pete Carroll had a grin on his face while commenting on UCLA's 59-0 loss at Brigham Young:. "That was a big score. That's a hard place to play, but that's a big score. A big number."
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska has just devoured three appetizers, now it's time for the main course: Virginia Tech on Sept. 27, Missouri on Oct. 4 and Texas Tech on Oct. 11 in Lubbock.
Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register: These are your Iowa Hawkeyes. Bloody knuckles. Broken nose. Missing teeth. Grind it on the ground, play-action the linebackers silly, punt the other guy into a coffin and let the defense worry about the rest of the gory details.
Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Sleepwalking Illinois needs a wake-up call before its trip to Penn State in two weeks.
Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic: That Georgia-Arizona State game is not as big anymore. Not after Nevada Las Vegas was invited to the pre-party.