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.