A look at how college football news was played on front pages of selected Sunday newspapers with the exception of our leadoff paper, the sports front of the Lexington Herald Leader. Click an image for an enlarged view:
Our man Greg continued his weekend trip with a stop in Bloomington for Saturday's Michigan State-Indiana game. The Hoosiers went toe-to-toe with the Spartans for three quarters, but Javon Ringer wore down Indiana and Michigan State pulled away for a 42-29 victory. Sparty was showing off the goods before kickoff. The burger bar. Impressive stuff here. Breakfast in Bloomington includes vodka. After consuming breakfast, this is what happens. So easy, a Caveman could do it. Check out the young woman wearing the "Dry Campus" T-shirt. Really, what's the point of going to college? Which do you prefer? The G, the O, the I or the U? Even if the Hoosiers can't talk the talk, they can walk the walk. With Indiana unable to keep pace, it was time to turn to the dogs. That's Ringer, No. 23, racking up yardage. He had 198 yards in 44 carries and, caught two passes and returned two kicks. If he stays healthy and keeps this up, Ringer will be in the running for the Heisman. Attendance was 31,832. Plenty of good seats, as you can see, were available. That's Assembly Hall in the background, formerly home to Bob Knight.
There was only one place to be Friday night in the college football world. That place was Louisville, where the Cardinals took on the dreaded Huskies of Connecticut. Our man Greg took in the festivities. They don't like the Huskies much in these parts. We suspect it has to do with basketball as much as football. A great way to spend a Friday evening with the kids. Louisville fans were determined to make like difficult for Connecticut, with sales of red body paint reaching an all-time high. But it didn't work. The Huskies remained undefeated with a 26-21 record. As for the party scene, it was happening. ... Check out these goggles. Even Yodi was in the partying mood. These two young women were very popular among the tailgaters. We suspect it had nothing to do with the beer bongs. A look at some of the action from the field. Pap John's Cardinal Stadium under the lights.
Here is the ad that UCLA's marketing department placed in the Fresno Bee this week in an attempt to entice Bulldog fans to buy tickets to Saturday's game between Fresno State and the Bruins at the Rose Bowl.
Thanks to Brian Dohn of the Los Angeles Daily News for tracking down the ad. The uproar has forced UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero to re-examine the way the football program is marketed. Probably a good idea, considering that many UCLA players were upset that their school would sell out the program in such a way.
"I can assure you, from my prospective as we move forward, you'll see a different approach to our marketing efforts this season," Guerrero said.
UCLA also ran a radio ad, but all the spots were pulled late in the week.
Andrew Astleford, Columbia Missourian: If Tyrone Willingham gets fired at Washington, as least one Husky booster says Missouri's Gary Pinkel would be a leading candidate to become coach.
Stan Olson, Charlotte Observer: Is Appalachian State considering a move up to Division I-A? Yes, but no decision will be forthcoming for at least two or three years.
Jeff Smith, Oregonian: Three Oregon players — including freshman quarterback Darron Thomas — were involved in a speed-racing crash early Thursday that sent two of them to a hospital.
Wally Hall, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: It is amazing, but apparently there is now an entire generation of people who were born and raised in Arkansas who don’t hate the Texas Longhorns.
Bret Bloomquist, El Paso Times: Texas El Paso has installed a siren at the Sun Bowl. It will go off every time the Miners have a running play of more than 20 yards or a pass play or more than 25 yards.
Jeff McLane, Philadelphia Inquirer: Joe Paterno said that defensive linemen Maurice Evans and Abe Koroma would play Saturday against Illinois. The juniors, both starters, were suspended for the last three games after police found less than two grams of marijuana at their on-campus apartment on Sept. 2.
The front page of this morning's Corvallis Gazette-Times will be a prized possession for Oregon State fans. Yes, the hamlet of Corvallis was the place to be Thursday night. Oregon State's stunning 27-21 victory over No. 1 USC not only shook up the college football world, it likely caused a few headaches for police afterward.
Our friends at Image of Sport braved the mob and sent back several images. You can view the gallery by clicking here. "People that think that Pac-10 teams [are not] going to play like this — they're gonna," Pete Carroll said afterward. "This is the way it is. This is reality." USC was blown off the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and could never get a grip on Jacquizz Rodgers, who rushed for 186 yards in 37 carries and scored two touchdowns. Quarterback Lyle Moevao completed 18 of 28 passes for 167 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Rodgers' brother, James Rodgers.
But let's get to the important stuff. Because it was a particularly strong evening in another area, we present the Erin Andrews collection. Thanks to TV Tan Line. An Oregon State student holds up a sign that says "Erin Andrews Sexy Time."
Last but not least, if you're ever going to bet on a game, don't listen to somebody else tell you how to lose.