Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota's progress under Tim Brewster goes like this: Bleak, bleaker, bleakest.
Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times: Steve Sarkisian promised better than this. He told you to lift expectations, to dream big. He told you this team is far more advanced than his 2009 squad. The Huskies shouldn't lose to anyone, anywhere, by five touchdowns. Yet here they are, a blowout victim with a 1-2 record and a fresh heap of embarrassment to climb out from underneath.
Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: What happens if Georgia doesn't win Saturday against Mississippi State? It could get ugly.
T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times: It obviously takes an enormous amount of liquor these days to convince anyone to watch UCLA play football. This might also explain the less-than-half-filled stadium Saturday night, the fact they don't sell beer or hard liquor in the Rose Bowl.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: It's hard to look at a seven-point road loss to a good Pacific 10 team as proof the sky has fallen for the Iowa Hawkeyes, but if Kirk Ferentz's team can't address its many problems, or this will go down as a Hawkeye team that was overhyped.
Dan Wolken, Memphis Commercial Appeal: This season, which seemed so full of promise when Jeremiah Masoli was declared eligible by the NCAA on Sept. 3, might be slipping away for Mississippi.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star-Advertiser: When Colorado's Dan Hawkins embraced Hawaii's Greg McMackin at the conclusion of Saturday's game, it had a heartfelt quality to it. Sort of like the way a condemned man reacts when the governor awards a stay of execution.
Caulton Tudor, Raleigh News & Observer: After a couple of 8-5 finishes the past two seasons, 2010 was to be the breakthrough year for Butch Davis' North Carolina program. Now it could turn into a break-back season.
Ron Bellamy, Eugene Register-Guard: Since trailing Tennessee, 13-3, Oregon has outscored the opposition, 114-0. The 114 could have been more, and the zero is the number that you might cherish the most if you're an Oregon believer.
John Adams, Knoxville News Sentinel: Never mind that Florida is ranked No. 10 in the country. Or that Tennessee has given up a total of 79 points in back-to-back home losses for the first time in team history. One team looked just as inept as the other for much of Saturday afternoon.
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman: Texas' defense could be the best in the nation.
Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World: There are no easy fixes for Kansas.