Steve Wieberg, USA Today: The Mountain West Conference will make a push for an automatic Bowl Championship Series bid in late April.
Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune: The Big Ten is losing more than games. The nation's most popular conference — based on attendance and TV ratings — is losing the recruiting battle. One of the reasons is that it's a down year for talent in the Midwest.
Michael Baumann, Daily Gamecock: A note to Detroit Lion general manager Martin Mayhew: Don't take Matthew Stafford of Georgia with your No. 1 pick. Trade it. Use it on offensive line help. Stafford is going to ruin your franchise if you pick him.
Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: Former Miami quarterback Robert Marve won't make a decision on where to transfer until sometime after national signing day, Feb. 4. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas Tech and South Florida are currently under consideration.
Chip Towers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: There's a lot of money being thrown around in college football, and Georgia's not doing much of the tossing. But Bulldog assistants remain loyal to the program. How competitive are Georgia salaries?
Matt Hinton, Dr. Saturday: Explaining how scholarships and stipends work.
Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina offensive tackle Jarriel King had heart surgery over the weekend. He was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation two years ago. The sophomore is expected to resume his playing career.
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette: Illinois and Cincinnati are working out details for a Nov. 28 game at the Bearcats' Nippert Stadium.
Paul Gattis, Huntsville Times: The Southeastern Conference assistant coaching carousel. Is this how it works?
Pete Grathoff, Kansas City Star: The aerodynamics of a football.