Desmond Conner, Hartford Courant: Perhaps it's time for the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East to merge to form a 20-team superconference that would control the TV market on the entire East Coast.
Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: If your team is going to play a creampuff nonconference schedule, why doesn't it play in-state creampuffs?
Greg Couch, Fanhouse: The NCAA needs a pair of big brass ones to put the hammer down on USC, but in this investigation showdown, the governing body doesn't have what it takes.
Alan Trubow, Austin American-Statesman: Texas' Mack Brown is not one of the 59 Division I-A coaches who will vote in the coaches poll this season and says he no longer plans to challenge the Bowl Championship Series system or the Big 12 tiebreaker.
Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Arizona State receiver Brandon Smith suffered what could be a serious knee injury near the end of practice Saturday.
Patrick Magee, Hattiesburg American: Former Alabama defensive back Alonzo Lawrence said that he has decided to transfer to Southern Mississippi. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Lawrence violated a team rule and was kicked off the team. "That's something that isn't true, but I'm not going to say anything about that," Lawrence said.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado receiver Markques Simas has been suspended for the first two games because he violated team rules.
Tom Mattingly, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Southeaastern Conference stadiums are as impressive as the teams.
Gentry Estes, Mobile Press-Register: Nick Saban allows his coordinators to speak with reporters only one day a year. Sunday was that day.
Tommy Bowman, Winston Salem-Journal: The cut on Appalachian State quarterback Armanti Edwards' right foot runs from the top of the foot to his little toe. It required at least 30 stitches.
Winston-Salem Journal: Thomas "Rock" Roggeman, an East Carolina assistant coach, has non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and is undergoing treatment.
The Quad: Paul Myerberg's takes a look at No. 24 Utah.
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