Matt Charboneau, Detroit News: Las Vegas Hilton oddsmaker Jay Kornegay on Michigan State: "I'm not saying it, but in a lot of peoples' eyes out here, Michigan State is fool's gold. When you go on the road and win, that means a lot. They did go on the road but were fortunate to win. They got really lucky to beat a mediocre Northwestern team."
Brent Schroetenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: Three prominent San Diego State boosters have asked the president of Brigham Young to direct his staff to "stop the stonewalling" and find out what happened in the Replaygate game between the teams on Oct. 9. Thanks to Mike.
John Ourand and Michael Smith, SportsBusiness Journal: ESPN has countered a bid by Fox Sports to operate a University of Texas channel and is viewed by industry insiders as a legitimate competitor to partner with the school. Thanks to Ben Maller.
CNN: A convicted killer's last words: "Boomer Sooner."
Woody Paige, Denver Post: Colorado's Dan Hawkins needs to do the right thing and resign.
Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Post: The Eagle Bank Bowl has been renamed the Military Bowl.
Sports by Brooks: Looks like Oregon is going to break out the silver shoes for Saturday's game at USC.
Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press: The Halloween scenario for the Bowl Championship Series isn't Boise State vs. Texas Christian. It's Michigan State vs. Missouri.
Mike DeArmond, Campus Corner: The Peace Pipe Trophy, once awarded annually to the winner of the Oklahoma-Missouri game, is missing.
Dan Hinxman, Reno Gazette-Journal: Nevada president Milt Glick said that a resolution to the Western Athletic Conference's lawsuit against Nevada, Fresno State and the Mountain West Conference could come by the end of the week.
Baron Batch, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: The Texas Tech running back, who writes a weekly column for the newspaper, says of the Red Raiders' trip last week to Boulder: "I love the state of Colorado, but do not love the smell of Ralphie the buffalo. Ralphie smells like Lubbock when the wind blows south from the cattle yards."
Thomas O'Toole, Campus Rivalry: A class-action lawsuit was filed against the NCAA in an effort to change the policy that puts a one-year limit on athletic scholarships and subjects them to an annual review.
Bud Withers, Seattle Times: Paul Wulff deserves to return as Washington State coach in 2011.
Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette: Illinois Ron Zook watched Oregon's game against UCLA and came away impressed. "To me, they looked like they could have beat the Pittsburgh Steelers," he said.
Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World: How bad is it in Kansas? The history book, otherwise known as the Kansas media guide, informs us it has been worse. For example, the season-opening loss to North Dakota State must be considered the worst of this season, but it’s not the worst ever. Kansas lost to Kansas City YMCA on Nov. 27, 1890, the second game in team history.
Mike Strange, Knoxville News Sentinel: Set the Wayback Machine to December 2008. Tennessee hired Lane Kiffin, Auburn secured Gene Chizik and Mississippi State trotted out Dan Mullen. Funny how things have turned out nearly two years later. Or, not so funny if you're in Tennessee.
Jack Bogaczyk, Charleston Daily Mail: West Virginia can now join the rest of the Big East in the land of mediocrity.
Chris Murray, Reno Gazette-Journal: Attendance at Nevada games — an average of 20,964 — is near an all-time high. Plus, the Western Athletic Conference is on the verge of doing something it hasn't accomplished since 1997 — have three teams in the top 25 in the same week.
Lawrence Journal-World: The Kansas-Colorado game on Nov. 6 will not be televised, which is probably a good thing.
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