Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Maybe America looked at this and only saw Penn State squandering a lead, a perfect record and all hope of squeezing into the national-title game. Look a little harder. See an Iowa squad that got its motor warmer as a raw day grew colder.
David Jones, Harrisburg Patriot-News: Joe Paterno could not have been more mature after his team's loss to Iowa. He did not spit venom. He did not writhe in angst. He did not grow sullen with three-word answers. He didn't cut the postgame interview session short.
Jeff Carroll, South Bend Tribune: Charlie Weis is a good, charitable man who was a successful NFL offensive coordinator. But if you do not have grave concerns at this point about his ability to steer a college program you are obstinately refusing to recognize what is right in front of your eyes. If your faith in his ability to motivate isn't shaken to the core, you are electing delusion.
Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times: What USC can't ignore is the fact that, once again, it wasted a memorable defense with a forgettable attack that now has little chance of even sneaking it into the national title game.
Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Not the best of weeks for Illinois. It started with running back Mikel LeShoure suffering a broken jaw in an "incident" with teammate Jeff Cumberland. It ended with a 23-17 loss at Western Michigan.
Tom Powers, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Cue the psychedelic music. Put on the paisley shirts. Fire up the strobe lights. Minnesota is suddenly having a flashback to the 2007 season.
John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel: On a positive note, it can't get any worse for Tennessee.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Oklahoma State reached the end of the BCS road on the lonely frontier of Lubbock that some say is the end of the Earth.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: This was the scene inside the final minute at Husky Stadium: Washington threw on four downs from the Arizona State 3, failing to punch in the touchdown that would cover the spread. Gulls circled the field, and there might have been 3,000 people to see it.
Ray Ratto, San Francisco Chronicle: California's season has been downgraded from possibly going to the Rose Bowl to needing a victory against Oregon State to avoid a trip to the Sun Bowl.
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun: On one chilly night in Nashville, Florida not only won the SEC East but probably put itself in position to win out and play for a national title. And certainly, Tim Tebow doesn't seem like such a longshot to win another Heisman Trophy.
John U. Bacon, Detroit News: Given time, Rich Rod will make Michigan proud.
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