Ray Melick, Birmingham News: It wasn't just that Auburn lost for the first time; it was how the Tigers lost. Despite Auburn players saying all the right things about how Arkansas didn't do anything unexpected, the truth is the Razorbacks were the better prepared team.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Here's a prediction for you: Alabama is headed to Pasadena and the BCS title game.
Mike Sorenson, Deseret News: Admit it, the Mountain West Conference just stinks this season.
David Ching, Athens Banner-Herald: In six of Georgia's last 12 games, the Bulldogs have surrendered at least 35 points. Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno were around to bail out a floundering defense last year, but the warts are more pronounced now that they've left for the NFL and the Bulldog offense is no longer as capable of lighting up a scoreboard.
John Adams, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Georgia didn't just lose Saturday at Tennessee. It could have been mistaken for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in the process.
Terry Foster, Detroit News: What's wrong with the Michigan program? He's not sure, but something does not smell right.
Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Illinois looks very much like a poorly coached team, right down to all of its annoying penalties. Bottom line: This is a broken team.
Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: Louisville's victory over Southern Mississippi isn't going to change the big picture of Steve Kragthorpe's future as coach.
George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard: Oregon, which beat UCLA at the Rose Bowl, is looking more and more like a team that will return to Pasadena on Jan. 1.
Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times: No ducking this reality for UCLA: it was bad.
Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal: How long can Nevada Las Vegas president Neal Smatresk and interim athletic director Jerry Koloskie go with Mike Sanford, now 13-40 and in his fifth season? They're losing fan interest (you know, whatever level there was in the first place) with each passing blowout defeat.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii is skidding toward a losing season unless — and how is this for a leap of faith? — it can win five of its remaining eight games.
Gary Laney, Baton Rouge Advocate: Louisiana State couldn’t line up right. It couldn’t get the snap count right. It couldn’t sustain anything on offense, and it couldn’t get off the field on defense. Yet, for all of the toe-stubbing, the Tigers lost by only 10 to Florida.
Pat Dooley, Gainesville Sun: It wasn't flashy, but is anybody complaining about Florida's victory?