Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times: After seven years as the bully, USC is now being bullied.
T.J. Simers, Los Angeles Times: A new Cardinal rule: Stanford has better players than USC.
Terry Foster, Detroit News: Rich Rodriguez deserves one more season to turn around Michigan, which has been transformed into the 1980s version of Northwestern — the team you look forward to scheduling for homecoming.
Michael Zuidema, Grand Rapids Press: Barring any NCAA regulations, Rodriguez almost assuredly will return for his third season. But the welcome wagon left Ann Arbor long ago.
Dick Weiss, New York Daily News: Notre Dame's Charlie Weis has lost seven games in a row to top 10 teams and is 1-10 against teams that finished the season in the top 25. He has never beaten a team that finished with fewer than four losses. Those damning statistics, along with two straight home losses to Navy and a loss to a bad Syracuse team last year, have put Weis back on the same hot seat he occupied most of last season.
Cole Manbeack, Manhattan Mercury: What won Kansas State six games cost it the game Saturday against Missouri. Call it whatever you want: Boring, vanilla, conservative — that's what the Wildcat offense was against the Tigers.
Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska, warts and all, is on the brink of winning the Big 12 North.
David Climer, Tennessean: Tennessee's 42-17 loss at Mississippi really wasn't as close as the score would indicate.