Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska’s surging defense shows no signs of letup and Dallas again looks like a probable December destination for Big Red fans hungry to return to the Big 12 title game. Indeed, these Blackshirts are a scary bunch. Perhaps even scary enough to make No. 2 Texas take notice.
Jason Whitlock, Kansas City Star: Bill Snyder is making this look way too easy.
Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: Why can't every place be like Lincoln, Neb?
Scott Nulph, Stillwater News-Press: From someone who has covered teams in the Big 12 North and South, there is no comparison. The South is in a different league.
Tom Powers, St. Paul Pioneer Press: There are few less-desirable places to be in midwinter than Minnesota. Detroit is one of them, but that's where the Minnesota Golden Gophers could be headed for a bowl.
Mark Bradley, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson is a coach who dares to be great.
Ed Graney, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Mike Sanford continues to be the coach most likely to be voted off the island each week, but he made it past another round after Nevada Las Vegas defeated Colorado State.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Alabama might have secured a spot in the Southeastern Conference title game, but the Crimson Tide want something bigger and better.
David Climer, Tennessean: Lane Kiffin wants to go beyond being the most hated coach in the Southeastern Conference. With his team leading Memphis, 14-0, he tried an onside kick. Leading 35-0 in the second quarter, he called a timeout when the Tigers faced a third-and-eight play at their 14.
Walt Moody, Centre Daily Times: Although Penn State is 8-2 and will be favored to finish 10-2, declare 2009 a total loss.