Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman: The worst Texas game these eyes have seen since perhaps the 1984 Freedom Bowl slaying by another team from the state of Iowa could be summed up like this: Iowa State, a 28-21 winner, was the better team Saturday. Clearly.
Tony Barnhart, CBS Sportsline: The best offense in college football resides in Auburn, Ala. It could well be that the best team in the land is located there as well. And did I mention that the probable Heisman Trophy winner lives there, too?
Neill Woelk, Boulder Daily Camera: Over? While Colorado still has a chance — granted, an outside chance — at becoming bowl eligible, there is almost no chance that Dan Hawkins survives to usher the Buffaloes into the Pac-12.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids, Gazette: Would Iowa partisans have believed it Saturday morning were it suggested the Hawkeyes would get outcoached? It happened.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: The truth about Oklahoma-Missouri: The Tigers kicked the Sooners all over the field.
David Climer, Tennessean: Has Rocky Top touched bottom yet? Stay tuned. At 2-5 and with no wins in four Southeastern Conference games thus far, Tennessee's Volunteers are staring into the abyss. How low can they go?
Rick Morrissey, Chicago Sun-Times: What you saw Saturday with Northwestern is what you got: a gritty team without scads of talent. It was a wonderfully entertaining game in which the team with the better athletes (Michigan State) prevailed. Maybe that's what makes it so painful for the Wildcats: They still had the lead halfway through the fourth quarter. Brains appeared to be on their way to beating brawn. And then brainlock set in on a fake punt.
Paola Boivin, Arizona Republic: Is Dennis Erickson the coach who went 10-3 his first season or the one who has gone 12-19 since? Arizona State had two weeks to prepare for Saturday's game at California and fell flat in a 50-17 loss. The heat is on Tempe.
Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times: What kind of team plays the way Washington did Saturday night at Arizona? What kind of team receives the gift of playing a foe without its starting quarterback, who completes 75% of his passes, only to allow the backup to complete 82% of his passes? What kind of team allows 356 total yards in the first half to an offense in transition? Not one that wants to play in a bowl game.
Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald-Review: At Illinois, football is a joy compared to last season.
Mitch Vingle, Charleston Gazette-Mail: Before Saturday's Syracuse-West Virginia game, an intoxicated fan ran onto the field and lay down on the artificial turf. The Mountaineer band literally marched right over him before the police intervened. Little did the partisan crowd of 58,122 realize it was a harbinger. The host Mountaineers staggered into the game against the lightly regarded Orange, then allowed Syracuse to march through and over them.
Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Star Advertiser: Hawaii's 45-7 pasting of Utah State was as dominating a defensive performance as the Warriors have put up in Greg McMackin's five years (three as head coach and two as a defensive coordinator) at Hawaii.
Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World: Unless you happen to be one of the rare people who can drive by an accident without slowing down to take a long look, then it’s impossible not to gawk at what’s happening on the field at Kansas' Memorial Stadium.
Joe Muench, El Paso Times: Texas El Paso likely won't win another game.