Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska’s surging defense shows no signs of letup and Dallas again looks like a probable December destination for Big Red fans hungry to return to the Big 12 title game. Indeed, these Blackshirts are a scary bunch. Perhaps even scary enough to make No. 2 Texas take notice.
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star: Bill Snyder is making this look way too easy.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Why can't every place be like Lincoln, Neb?
Scott Nulph, Stillwater News-Press: From someone who has covered teams in the Big 12 North and South, there is no comparison. The South is in a different league.
Tom Powers, St. Paul Pioneer Press: There are few less-desirable places to be in midwinter than Minnesota. Detroit is one of them, but that's where the Minnesota Golden Gophers could be headed for a bowl.
Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is a coach who dares to be great.
Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Mike Sanford continues to be the coach most likely to be voted off the island each week, but he made it past another round after Nevada Las Vegas defeated Colorado State.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Alabama might have secured a spot in the Southeastern Conference title game, but the Crimson Tide want something bigger and better.
David Climer, Tennessean: Lane Kiffin wants to go beyond being the most hated coach in the Southeastern Conference. With his team leading Memphis, 14-0, he tried an onside kick. Leading 35-0 in the second quarter, he called a timeout when the Tigers faced a third-and-eight play at their 14.
Walt Moody, Centre Daily Times: Although Penn State is 8-2 and will be favored to finish 10-2, declare 2009 a total loss.
Bob Hunter, Columbus Dispatch: Terrelle Pryor is building a new name for himself.
Pete Bigelow, Ann Arbor.com: Michigan's rivalry with Purdue intensified when Boilermaker coach Danny Hope brought lineman Zach Reckman with him for the postgame handshake. Reckman was suspended earlier this season for a late hit on a Northern Illinois player, and Hope blamed Rich Rodriguez for the suspension.
Lynn Henning, Detroit News: Michigan's lack of success under Rodriguez is mystifying.
Mark Purdy, San Jose Mercury News: Jim Harbaugh did not want to acknowledge it. But in Stanford's 51-42 upset of Oregon, he totally outcoached the Ducks' Chip Kelly.
George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard: There is reason for concern in the Oregon camp, but the Ducks still control their destiny for the Rose Bowl.
Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star: It could have been worse for Washington State. Arizona rested many of its regulars and backup quarterback Matt Scott got two full quarters of experience in a 48-7 victory over Washington State.
Ron Morris, Columbia State: There is a sure-fire way to judge teams late in the season. Some appear to get better from week to week. Others seem to regress. Put South Carolina in the latter category.
Jennifer Floyd Engel, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: If you don't like the Bowl Championship Series, now is the time to be heard.