Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star: Arizona is in first place in the Pacific 10, but between now and Nov. 8, when America will have elected a new president, the Wildcats will learn if they have a new (and legitimately powerful) football franchise.
Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times: As Tyrone Willingham exited Arizona Stadium after another lifeless loss, a woman sang to the Washington coach. "So long! Farewell!" she caroled with great ridicule, to the melody of an old number from "The Sound of Music."
Bob Woknowski, Detroit News: We knew there would be wild swings in the Rich Rod era at Michigan, which is why nothing should surprise anyone anymore. But this is getting a little ridiculous.
Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic: Although 41% of the players on Arizona State were making their first trip, it shouldn't be the only excuse for the Sun Devils' struggles. A 24-14 loss at California suggested that Arizona State is a mediocre team in a mediocre conference.
Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: It's an early guess, but North Carolina is going to finish the regular season 11-1 — maybe 10-2 if things go poorly or 9-3 if the roof totally collapses.
Eric Hansen, South Bend Tribune: When push came to shove, Notre Dame didn't shove back. The Fighting Irish had been building up to a runaway win against Stanford. Instead the 28-21 victory had the feel of an escape.
David Teel, Newport News Daily Press: In a word, stunning. Virgina lost last week at Duke by 28 points. The Cavaliers had been outscored, 128-20, in three games against Division I-A opponents. They ranked last nationally in scoring. How do you explain this? Virginia 31, Maryland 0?Mark Janssen, Manhattan Mercury: Kansas State needs a rescue plan — a bailout bill, so to speak. The Wildcats have given up at least 500 yards in five of their last seven games dating to last season.