Ron Morris, Columbia State: What has become apparent over the past decade or so is that Bobby Bowden remains Florida State's coach for personal, selfish and egotistical reasons. He has not coached a down of football in about 15 years and is as much a figurehead as anyone in college athletics. Yet he sticks around solely so he can become the all-time leader in victories.
Norman Chad, Couch Slouch: Sportswriters know nothing. The day after USC beat Ohio State, 35-3, the Los Angeles Times' Bill Plaschke started and finished his column with the words, "Who is going to beat them?" Who is going to beat them? Well, as it turns out, the next team they played.
Loren Tate, Champaign News-Gazette: Preseason perceptions of Illinois became misconceptions. With Michigan next on the Fighting Illini schedule, it is time for an agonizing October reappraisal.
Paul Strelow, Columbia State: Clemson's Tommy Bowden has vetoed a bailout plan for his struggling offense.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington's Jake Locker will be out six to eight weeks after having surgery to repair a broken right thumb suffered in the loss to Stanford.
Jake Curtis, San Francisco Chronicle: California running back Jahvid Best might miss only one game because of a dislocated left elbow.
Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: You want a playoff? We already have one.
Paul Buker, Oregonian: The story behind the transfer of former Virginia starting quarterback Peter Lalich to Oregon State.
Mike Casazza, Charleston Daily Mail: What happens under of a pile of players trying to recover a fumble? "There's punching, kicking, scratching, clawing," West Virginia left guard Greg Isdaner said. "You do anything you can to come out with the ball."
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: How loud were the boos Saturday in Ann Arbor after Michigan fell behind Wisconsin, 19-0? “If you were anywhere in the Ann Arbor vicinity,” Michigan's Rich Rodriguez said, “you heard that."
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