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.
Bruce Feldman, CBS Sports.com: A behind-the-scenes look at how Texas A&M prepared for Alabama.
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.
Brandon Howell, MLive.com: The Michigan athletics department paid thousands of dollars for a skywriter to etch "Go Blue" in the skies above East Lansing before Michigan State's game against Youngstown State.
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: The Pacific 12's rise is among the biggest stories of this season. A team from the league might beat a squad from the almighty Southeastern Conference in the BCS title game, provided Pac-12 referees are assigned to the game.
Knoxville News-Sentinel: Kirk Herbstreit: "So when Tennessee gets ambushed by Oregon, [SEC fans] need to all get their flag out together and accept that loss to Oregon.”
Brett McMurphy, ESPN.com: It's all about the money-hungry these days, and the Rose Bowl — the best venue in college football — is not interested in bidding for the 2016 or 2017 championship game.
Matt Tait, Lawrence Journal-World: Charlie Weis is tinkering with his offensive line after his Kansas Jayhawks failed to slug it out last week against Rice. He wants more toughness, not chemistry.
Larry Brown Sports: Urban Meyer's daughter is dating Georgia Tech receiver Corey Dennis.
Ivan Maisel, ESPN.com: If every Saturday counts and there are only 14 of them each college football season, how did we end up with this week's lousy slate of games?
Dan Bickley, Arizona Republic: Arizona State fans, coaches and players should have accepted Saturday night's gift-wrapped victory with a little more grace, humility and empathy for their crestfallen guests.
Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe, Arizona Republic: Is Arizona State really Todd Graham's dream job? The Arizona Board of Regents is expected to approve a contract extension for Graham through June 30, 2018. His salary would increase from $2.05 million to $2.3 million effective July 1 and jump yearly after that.
Good Bull Hunting: It's two months old, but this is a spectacular takedown of ESPN's Mark May.