Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times: After seven years as the bully, USC is now being bullied.
T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times: A new Cardinal rule: Stanford has better players than USC.
Terry Foster, Detroit News: Rich Rodriguez deserves one more season to turn around Michigan, which has been transformed into the 1980s version of Northwestern — the team you look forward to scheduling for homecoming.
Michael Zuidema, Grand Rapids Press: Barring any NCAA regulations, Rodriguez almost assuredly will return for his third season. But the welcome wagon left Ann Arbor long ago.
Dick Weiss, New York Daily News: Notre Dame's Charlie Weis has lost seven games in a row to top 10 teams and is 1-10 against teams that finished the season in the top 25. He has never beaten a team that finished with fewer than four losses. Those damning statistics, along with two straight home losses to Navy and a loss to a bad Syracuse team last year, have put Weis back on the same hot seat he occupied most of last season.
Cole Manbeack, Manhattan Mercury: What won Kansas State six games cost it the game Saturday against Missouri. Call it whatever you want: Boring, vanilla, conservative — that's what the Wildcat offense was against the Tigers.
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska, warts and all, is on the brink of winning the Big 12 North.
David Climer, Tennessean: Tennessee's 42-17 loss at Mississippi really wasn't as close as the score would indicate.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa played a great game at Ohio State, but sometimes that isn't good enough.
Brad Rock, Deseret News: Utah's Fantasyland ride ended at the hands of a Texas Christian team that left no doubt that things have changed.
Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: The gap between rivals Boise State and Idaho remains as wide as the Snake River Canyon.
Matt James, Fresno Bee: The battle of the alleged two best three-loss teams in the country turned out to be a dud. Nevada might be. Fresno State can now make a case for the best four-loss team in America. Not that the distinction comes with any sort of gifts or prizes.
Ken Goe, Oregonian: Oregon is hiding behind a loose interpretation of FERPA in protecting LeGarrette Blount.
Geoff Calkins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: The last home game of the Tommy West era at Memphis went the way a lot of Tiger games have gone lately: The good guys got crushed. Only 10,000 or so fans showed up. The official attendance was 18,031, but that was a big, fat fib.
Joe Muench, El Paso Times: How does Texas El Paso continue to lose to bad teams?