Greg Wallace, Anderson Independent-Mail: Tommy Bowden's 10-year run as Clemson coach is over. A disappointing 3-3 start secured his fate. Bowden was 72=45 in nine-plus seasons and led the Tigers to eight bowl games.
Mike Kern, Philadelphia Daily News: There are few givens in college football, but Penn State could be looking at a 12-0 regular season if it can get past Ohio State in two weeks.
J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: North Carolina has lost its best player, Brandon Tate. The senior playmaker will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL in his right knee.
Robbi Pickeral, Raleigh News & Observer: Two controversial calls from the replay booth in the final minutes of North Carolina's 29-24 victory over Notre Dame were accurate, the Atlantic Coast Conference coordinator of football officials said.
FireRRod.com: That didn't take long. A site asking that Michigan fire Rich Rodriguez includes a countdown to when the contract of Louisiana State's Les Miles expires.
Marc Weiszer, Athens Banner-Herald: Georgia left tackle Vince Vance will undergo reconstructive surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Bulldogs are expected to start three freshmen and two sophomores on the offensive line in Saturday's game against Vanderbilt.
John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Fan are paying more than ever to follow Tennessee football, and coach Phillip Fulmer is being paid more for less. No wonder fewer fans are going to Neyland Stadium.
Jim Moore, Seattle Post-Intelligencer: How bad is Washington State? The Cougars' kickoff to start the second half that went out of bounds was marred by a personal foul penalty. "How you can get a personal-foul penalty on an out-of-bounds kickoff is as mystifying as this 1-6 season."
Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger: Among candidates to become the Big East's next commissioner: Tom Pernetti, the executive vice president for content at the CBS College Sports Network; Kevin Weiberg, former Big 12 commissioner; Kevin Tribble, Central Florida athletic director and Christine Plonsky, University of Texas associate athletic director.
Norman Chad: It's time to lay off Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.