This uppercut delivered by Clemson's Isaish Battle to North Carolina State's Jarvis Byrd resulted in the offensive tackle being ejected from Thursday night's game. If he were playing professionally, Battle likely would be fined and suspended.
George F. Will, New York Post: Big-time college football, although a peculiar appendage of institutions of higher learning, is at least adding to our knowledge of brains by fueling studies of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the cumulative effect of repeated small "subconcussive" blows to the head.
Blake Ursch, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech is mulling options on how to deal with foxes that may be living in or around Jones AT&T Stadium. The foxes, likely attracted to scraps of food left by stadium visitors on game days, can carry rabies.
Jason Rowan, Yardbarker.com: Louisiana State and the Zeta Zeta chapter
of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity have apologized for an insensitive
sign about the Kent State massacre.
John Helsley, Oklahoman: T. Boone Pickens is now taking shots at Sports Illustrated. His weapon of choice? Twitter.
Audrey Snyder, PennLive.com: Penn State tries to add to the game day experience by pumping music through the Beaver Stadium speaker system between plays, but not everybody likes the artificial noise. "They play a lot of that nonsense. I sit in south end zone and it's so loud they give you earplugs for free," one fan said.
A look at how prognosticators from around the country view the Week 4 games.
Howie Kussoy, New York Post: Michigan is visiting Connecticut, whose Rentschler Field is as hostile as bubble wrap. Let's get serious here, folks. There's no way in hell the Wolverines fail to cover the 17.5 points. Get a body bag for the Huskies.
Double D, Boston Herald: Yet another prognosticator from the Northeast says Michigan is a lock. "After last week’s close call with Akron, you can bet fiery coach Brady Hoke will have his troops fully focused for this tilt."
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: It's time to load up the Brink's truck
and head for Vegas because Hlastradamus has just announced his lock of the year.
Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports.com: Gus Malzahn's defense gave up over 400 yards to Mississippi State and almost 500 to Washington State. Auburn will wilt under the hostile setting of Death Valley. Take Louisiana State and give the points.
Jon Wilner, College Hotline: It's the Holy War between Utah and Brigham Young. This one sets up nicely for the Cougars, who are coming off a bye. The Utes are recovering from a brusing loss to Oregon State. BYU is a 6.5-point home underdog, but the Cougs are going to be straight-up winners.
Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports.com: Man vs. Woman vs. Machine makes its first appearance. Description: "Fornelli fights against the rising tide of female empowerment and technology to ensure that men everywhere can at least claim college football is still theirs. He does this by picking a set of games against the spread against his girlfriend, Lynn, and his Playstation 3."
The Linemakers, Sporting News: The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas has already opened wagering on a potential Alabama-Oregon matchup in the Bowl Championship Series title game. The Crimson Tide is a 3-point favorite with -120 vigorish.
Melissa Brown, AL.com: Alabama has suspended student block seating —
also known as student organization seating — for Saturday's game against
Colorado State after alleged discrimination within the Greek system. Traditionally white fraternities were nearly exclusively granted coveted end zone seats for several years.
Anthony Gimino, Tucson Citizen: Is the SEC that much better than the
Pac-12? Since 2000, there have been 27 meetings, with the SEC holding a
14-13 edge. However, the Pac-12 was 16-8-3 against the spread in those games, highlighting the notion that the conference out West is often undervalued and perhaps underrated.
John Solomon, AL.com: Division I-A teams averaged 71.9 plays per game through the first three weeks, compared to 71.5 in all of 2012.
Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Star-Advertiser: Is Hawaii about to fill the Oct. 19 opening in Colorado's schedule?
Audrey Snyder, PennLive.com: Penn State's seat-licensing fee, implemented in 2011, chased away about 5,000 season-ticket holders, but officials said the move brought in an additional $5 million to the athletic department.
Charles Thompson, PennLive.com: Penn State trustees are being asked to provide $30 million in a borrowing program to the athletics department, which has entered troubled financial times in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal. The athletic department outstripped revenues by more than $6.1 million in 2012-13.
Tony Jones, Salt Lake Tribune: The rivalry between Brigham Young and Utah has taken a controversial turn three days before the teams play. A video has surfaced showing what appears to be Utah players engaging in a mock baptism.
Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports: A new book titled, "The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football," exposes the underbelly of a dysfunctional system.
Matt Jones, Whole Hog Sports: The latest outrageous coaching contract has been finalized. Bret Bielema will make $2.95 million annually,
with on-field and academic incentives totaling up to an additional
$700,000 each year. He has a no-compete clause with other Southeastern
Conference teams and becomes the 12th highest-paid coach in the land.
Steven Braid, New York Times: 'Cat napping. Northwestern's Pat Fitzgerald places an unusual emphasis on his players' sleep behavior as a way to improve their performance.
Kevin Schnepf, Forum News Service: Some North Dakota State fans are upset that ESPN's "GameDay" will broadcast from downtown Fargo instead of the Fargodome. "Way to screw the pooch on that location," one fan wrote on Twitter.
Garry Smits, Florida Times-Union: A little perspective on Division I-AA teams "upsetting" Division I-A foes. The combined records of the 10 I-A teams defeated by I-AA teams is 4-20.
Tom Shatel, Omaha World-Herald: The writer responds to comments made about him by Bo Pelini: "I've been cursed at by better coaches than Pelini. Worse coaches, too."