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.
Troy Phillips, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: North Texas center Kelvin Drake said his family lost "everything" in Hurricane Ike.
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.
Jim Carty, Ann Arbor News: Michigan's season hinges on Saturday's game against Wisconsin.
Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Hawaii and Brigham Young have agreed to a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013.
Associated Press: New Mexico is asking that the NCAA reconsider the number of scholarship cuts (five) that the governing body handed down for three cases of academic fraud.
Sports By Brooks: Despite being jailed, former Nebraska I-back Thunder Collins appeared to have access to his MySpace page.
John Radcliff, AOL Fanhouse: College Football Songbook goes on the road. They were jamming before the West Virginia-Colorado game.