Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Can Boise State really reach the Bowl Championship Series title game? "The stars are aligned," Western Athletic Conference commissioner Karl Benson said. Bronco players and coaches are intrigued by the possibilities. A breakdown of what has to happen.
Ben Volin, Gator Bytes: You may have heard that Tim Tebow suffered a nasty concussion against Kentucky. Apparently, someone forgot to tell the Southeastern Conference. The play is missing from its highlights of the game.
Alan Schwarz, New York Times: A study commissioned by the NFL reports that Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league’s former players vastly more often than in the national population — including a rate of 19 times the normal rate for men ages 30 through 49.
Dave Hooker, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Lane Kiffin went off on his team, and he later said the tirade "was to five percent of the guys. Our team is only going to go as far as everybody. We've got 95 percent of the guys that are doing well."
Austin Ward, Knoxville News-Sentinel: Tennessee has said no to Auburn's request to add a Tiger Walk to go with the Volunteers' version of the Vol Walk before Saturday's game at Neyland Stadium.
Daniel Boyette, Mobile Press-Register: Former Alabama quarterback Tyler Watts had plenty to say about two of his coaches. Mike DuBose "did not surround himself with good people. His assistant coaches were not good." Dennis Franchione "was all about himself and he wanted everything to be about him; goofy shirts and 'Frantastic'."
Landry Locker, Daily Toreador: A column ripping Mike Leach. Locker writes on the coach's criticism of players using Twitter: "It is beyond hypocritical that the same guy who can be seen on TV giving dating advice and soaking up all the attention that the pirate persona brings him — most recently by gracing the cover of Texas Monthly with a pirate patch on his eye, is calling college students egotistical for using one of the most popular networking tools in the country."
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: Brace yourself. The first BCS standings will be released Oct. 18. but there are still kinks to work out.
Kyle Veazey, Clarion Ledger: Mississippi State is increasing buyouts to help keep future opponents locked in.
John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin said he's leaning toward undergoing season-ending knee surgery and coming back next year. "Right now, it's 80-20 toward getting surgery."
John Walters, FanHouse: Steve Sarkisian and Charlie Weis won't be mentioning the "W" word, but Walters will. Yes, Saturday's game between Washington and Notre Dame is the Tyrone Willingham buyout bowl.
Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: Washington's Sarkisian committed a musical crime against humanity by playing the Notre Dame fight song for an hour and 40 minutes during practice.
Sports By Brooks: New Mexico is reopening the investigation into coach Mike Locksley's knuckle sandwich served to assistant J.B. Gerald.
Ricky Cleveland, Clarion Ledger: Chucky Mullins 20 years later: What is his legacy?
Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina is getting picky when it comes to selecting cupcakes.
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego State's season-ticket sales this year (9,662) are the lowest since at least 2001, the oldest year the newspaper has on record. Sales have declined by 32% since 2006, when SDSU said it sold more than 14,000 in coach Chuck Long's first season.
Kristie Ackert, New York Daily News: The New York Yankees announced that they have agreed to a four-year deal to host an annual bowl featuring teams from the Big East and Big 12, starting at the end of the 2010 season.Find out when the Wiz is updated by following Jay Christensen on Twitter. To bypass pesky registrations, go to Bug Me Not. Join the Wiz on Facebook. Interested in sponsoring the site or have a tip? Contact: jayzuma (at) gmail.com.