Darren Everson, Wall Street Journal: Which teams rule bowl TV ratings? No team draws viewers like USC. Also bringing them in: Florida State, Notre Dame, Miami and Michigan. No team turns viewers off like Virginia. Also among teams that hurt ratings: North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Louisiana State and Clemson.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Army fans may outnumber Southern Methodist fans in Thursday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, played at Ford Stadium, the Mustangs' home field.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Every day is sunny for bowl committee people, who feed on universities.
David Briggs, Columbia Tribune: Why Iowa and Missouri, whose campuses are only 192 miles apart, haven't met in football for 100 years.
Mark Brennan, Fight On State: Those rumors about Joe Paterno retiring? "Who started the crazy rumors?" said Sue Paterno, JoePa's wife. "He's fine. No one has to identify who starts it. We don't even know where it starts. It's just lies."
WBNS-TV: Yet another rumor shot down. Ohio State's Jim Tressel meets with team and tells them he's staying.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: A day after Texas Tech announced James Willis was no longer its defensive coordinator, police were answering questions about a domestic violence call at a home last Wednesday morning. A source told the Avalanche-Journal that Willis was connected to the incident.
Associated Press: Alabama governor Bob Riley's office accepted 20 free tickets to this year's Alabama-Auburn game while state legislators were preparing for a special session on ethics that resulted in a new law making it more difficult for officials to accept such perks.
Dallas Morning News: Snubbed? Wisconsin Rose Bowl champion T-shirts available for sale; Texas Christian title shirts nowhere to be found.
Tony Krausz, Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: Miami quarterback Jacory Harris calls right tackle Sentrel Henderson "our Great Wall of China."
Brent Schrotenboer, San Diego Union-Tribune: How the Holiday Bowl lost its luster.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Terrelle Pryor isn't Cam Newton, on or off the field. And if any compliance office should have been educating its players about the evils of extra benefits, it was Ohio State's.