Mitch Sherman, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska's Bo Pelini didn't allow his players or coaches to be interviewed after the 62-28 loss to Oklahoma. "The players are not available for comment, OK? If you don't like it, tough. Ask me the questions you'd ask the players," he growled.
Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Florida's Urban Meyer called
two timeouts in the last minute with his team leading by 39 points
against Georgia. "It seemed like you might have been trying to rub it in there," one reporter said. "No," Meyer replied. "Just trying to win the game."
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: "The more we win, the worse we get," USC's Pete Carroll said after the Trojans dropped from No. 5 to No. 7 in the Bowl Championship Series standings following their third shutout in four games.
Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: An estimated 500 people bought counterfeit tickets for the Texas-Texas Tech game. "They look just like our regular season-ticket stock, but the bar codes obviously aren’t going to match. It was heartbreaking seeing all these people get ripped off,’’ Tech assistant athletic director Dave Welsh said.
Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Contrary to some broadcast speculation, Texas Tech coach Mike Leach said his defense didn't let Texas score quickly at the end of Saturday's game to get the ball back with more time left on the clock.
Bevo Beat, Austin American-Statesman: Texas plans to send in a tape of disputed calls from Saturday's game to the Big 12 office. An MRI of defensive end Brian Orakpo's left knee showed no ligament damage. His status for Saturday's game against Baylor remains uncertain.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Is anyone ready for Mike Leach versus Nick Saban in the national title game? The Mad Scientist versus the coach who always looks mad?
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii's football team is spending the week in beautiful El Paso before its game at New Mexico State, but coach Greg McMackin won't be allowing any of his players to travel south of the border. "Nobody's going to Mexico," he said. "This is a business trip."
Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: How long does Rich Rod's "free pass" last at Michigan? A general lack of apparent progress week to week is making some fans antsy and, perhaps, less likely to extend that pass.
Andrew Logue, Des Moines Register: Gene Chizik is only 5-16, but Iowa State fans are willing to give the coach time to rebuild the program.
Mike Sorensen, Deseret News: The coaching carousel is getting cranked up, but don't look for Brigham Young's Bronco Mendenhall or Utah's Kyle Whittingham to be leaving for other opportunities.
Patrick Ridgell, Longmont Times-Call: Hotshot running back recruit Darrell Scott is back in the spotlight at Colorado after fellow freshman Rodney Stewart was lost for the season because of injury.
Trae Thompson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: College football intrigue abounds in the coming days.