Darren Everson, Wall Street Journal: There's a lot at stake Saturday in Columbus, when Penn State meets Ohio State. This isn't this season's de facto Big Ten title game. This will reveal whether, for the first time in the conference's history, this has truly become a one-team league.
Charles Goldberg, Birmingham News: Tommy Tuberville went on the offensive to defend his team and to attack what he said were unfounded rumors about his job situation and his health. "I just want to let everybody know that everything is going good. I did not have a stroke. I am completely healthy."
Tim Stephens, Orlando Sentinel: Top football recruits rarely sign with a non-BCS team. Only three players ranked in Rivals’ top 100 since 2002 are listed to have signed with Division I-A team from outside the current BCS power structure or Notre Dame. That’s 0.004 percent of the 700 players listed.
Chris Dufrense, Los Angeles Times: How can USC be No. 10 in the computer component of the BCS and Ohio State No. 5?
Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: If Oklahoma and Texas win out and Alabama and Penn State lose, the Sooners and Longhorns could play again in the Bowl Championship Series title game.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: Big buildup, big letdown. Of the six games this season involving two top-15 teams, five have been decided by 10 points or more. Four of the games were essentially over by halftime.
Mike Sorensen, Deseret News: Perhaps it's time the Mountain West Conference look at expansion. Snatching up Tulsa as fast as it can would be a smart move.
Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: Chuck Long said that he feels it would be an injustice if he were fired as coach at San Diego State. "Our program is not healthy yet, but we do see light at the end of the tunnel with the issues we're dealing with inside [the program]."
Kevin Donahue, FanBlogs: Juicy rumor of the day: Texas A&M will fire Mike Sherman and hire Tommy Bowden.
Tom Kubat, Lafayette Journal & Courier: Purdue running back Kory Sheets, when asked if Curtis Painter was the quarterback who could lead the team to victory: "No comment."
Doug Smock, Charleston Gazette: The natives are restless at Marshall, but can the school afford to buy out coach Mark Snyder? Before the season, university president Stephen Kopp "gave Snyder a contract extension into the second Obama administration."
Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida offensive lineman Cody Minnich was dismissed from the team after he was charged early Saturday morning with misdemeanor driving under the influence and resisting an officer without violence.