Joe Starkey, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review: Did anyone's opinion of Pittsburgh change during a life-and-death struggle with Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference? The Panthers would contend in the MAC, though they still have a fighting chance in the Big East. Which is the best news of all for Pitt fans. The Big East stinks.
Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: If you have to pick a longshot to qualify for a Bowl Championship Series game, East Carolina is your team.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: After a 52-26 rout of Cincinnati, this has the makings of a special season for Oklahoma.
Woody Paige, Denver Post: Colorado has to quit scheduling schools from Division I-AA or start playing more like a team from I-A in home openers — or Dan Hawkins will be coaching intramurals.
Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: After only two games, Mississippi's Jevan Snead is already the third-best quarterback in the Southeastern Conference.
Geoff Calkins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: This loss was hideous. Memphis went from 15-up with 8:33 left to 7-down at the end, a gift-wrapped victory for Rice.
Lynn Henning, Detroit News: The true status of Michigan football, and where it is as a new system and new regime, is a long way from convincing.
Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: After losing to Kentucky to open the season, Louisville found a cure for the hangover. It was called Tennessee Tech.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Don't put any stock in Ohio State's close call against Ohio. The Buckeyes will be ready Saturday when they visit USC.
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