Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC's Pete Carroll says Barack Obama's support for a college football playoff system shows the president-elect is "in touch with the people." Adds Carroll: "If you took a vote across the country, there's no way the vote would come out, 'Let's vote for the BCS.' They're going to vote for a playoff system."
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: There's a chance that undefeated Ball State and Boise State could meet in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada coach Chris Ault says his team could decline a bowl bid, even if it finishes 6-6. "I've said that since they started this [format in 2006]. I said the same thing last year. It rewards mediocrity."
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: Charlie Weis' buyout might be smaller than believed.
Adam Rose, What's Bruin: Have analysts misunderstood the new-look Pacific 10, where running the ball is now king? Not a single team in the conference ranks in the nation's top 25 in passing offense.
Mitch Sherman, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska guard Matt Slauson, who was recruited by Colorado, is not a fan of the Buffaloes. "Being recruited there a little bit, they recruit guys there for one reason only, and that's to beat Nebraska. So if you take that away from them, they have nothing."
Gil Lebreton, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Bowl games are about agendas, not winners, as Texas Christian is about to find out when it gets passed over for the Las Vegas Bowl by Brigham Young, a team the Horned Frogs routed, 32-7.
A.J. Carr, Raleigh News & Observer: Mark Paschal, who started 47 games in a row at linebacker for North Carolina, had his playing career come to an end because of a cervical spine injury suffered in the loss to North Carolina State.
The Big Lead: Jason Whitlock wants to know why Chris Fowler dropped undefeated Ball State out of his Associated Press top 25.
Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Ron Zook on Illinois' 5-7 season: "We underachieved, which is maybe the worst thing you can say to a football coach."
Marvin West, Shopper-News: The final Phil Fulmer column. The author has known the outgoing Tennessee coach since he was a kid.
Centre Daily Times: Penn State's Joe Paterno was released from the hospital, two days after undergoing hip replacement surgery.
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