Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: The hottest ticket in L.A. is a sideline pass to the Ohio State-USC game. Actors Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx are expected to be among the 200 people getting exclusive passes.
Doug Lesmerises, Cleveland Plain Dealer: Smoke screen? Jim Tressel said running back Beanie Wells practiced Wednesday at about 75% and won't be at full speed for Saturday's game.
Jeff MIller, Orange County Register: If there's any justice in the world of college football, USC will pound Ohio State, which season after season gets fat playing a nonconference schedule of cupcakes.
Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal: U.S. Ryder Cup captain Paul Azinger has asked Lou Holtz to address his golfers the night before the competition is scheduled to tee off next week in Louisville.
Ken McMillan, Middletown Times Herald-Record: Army coach Stan Brock should know better than to question the courage of West Point cadets. Brock crossed the line after the loss to New Hampshire when he said of his players: "I can't teach heart. I can't teach backbone. Those are some things that have to be self-taught."
Adam Rose, What's Bruin: Another incident of a prank caller to a conference call. UCLA's Rick Neuheisel was asked: "You never hear about the UCLA players playing dirty. Is it true that you actually scrub and wash your players in the shower before the game?"
Adam Sparks, Murfreesboro Daily News Journal: Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill on the nonconference scheduling philosophy of the Sun Belt Conference: "[The Sun Belt has] been looked at as a conference where we hold out the sack, you load us up with money, and we'll come play you ... But I think that perception is slowly starting to change."
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: The biggest game of the weekend? It's Wisconsin and Fresno State.
Bob Hertzel, Times West Virginian: West Virginia's Bill Stewart said that East Carolina counterpart Skip Holtz called and apologized for the actions of Pirate fans after Saturday's game. Stewart appreciated the call and added: "I didn’t see anything that bad. All I saw was a bunch of happy college kids. That's what you’re supposed to do when you win — celebrate."
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist. The Big Ten is coming off an 11-0 week, but only two of the nonconference victories came against teams from Bowl Championship Series conferences.
Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: It's shaping up as a very long season for North Texas State.
Fresno Bee: Fresno State has scheduled home and away series with Nebraska, Colorado and Mississippi.
Jim Carty, Ann Arbor News: Utah fans who made the trip to Ann Arbor for the opener against Michigan had nothing but good things to say about Wolverine fans.
Doug Doughty, Virginian-Pilot: Virginia quarterback Peter Lalich, who was charged with a probation violation last week, will not travel with the team for Saturday's game at Connecticut.
Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman: Texas postponed Saturday's home game against Arkansas to Sept. 27 because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Ike.
Mercedes Mayer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: With remnants of Hurricane Ike expected to roll through Fort Worth, the Stanford-Texas Christian game has been moved from 6 p.m. to noon (Central).
Jake Schaller, Colorado Springs Gazette: Houston has moved Saturday's game against Air Force to Southern Methodist's Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
Steve Harvey, Los Angeles Times: The return of the Bottom Ten.