Oregon's crushing 42-30 victory over UCLA on Saturday at the Rose Bowl dashed any hopes the Bruins had — real or otherwise — of getting a berth into the championship playoff. But it's a different story for the Ducks, who moved up to No. 9 in Sunday's Associated Press poll.
Yes, these people live among you. But what do you expect? It's New Orleans, where Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent his Saturday while taking in the Connecticut-Tulane game at Yulman Stadium, the new home of the Green Wave.
Tulane prevailed, 12-3, behind quarterback Nick Montana. If that name sounds familiar, it is. Nick is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana, who we are told was in attendance.
Reno Gazette-Journal: It's the ultimate "squeeze" play for Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish, coming off a victory over Stanford, play North Carolina a week before the Herculean matchup against Florida State. Take the Tar Heels and the 17.5 points.
Howie Kussoy, New York Post: Oregon and UCLA each have a loss, and another setback will all but eliminate the Ducks or Bruins from a spot in the championship playoff. Oregon, the more consistent team, should keep its hopes alive.
Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Handicappers don't like Oregon's defense. "Their defense is awful," Westgate Las Vegas sports book manager Ed Salmons said. That along with the fact UCLA is playing at home should be enough to give the Bruins the edge.
Dennis Duggan, Boston Herald: Stanford plays host to Washington State in a Friday night tilt. The Cardinal are ticked off after the loss at Notre Dame, and Double D expects Stanford to lay the lumber against the Cougars.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Is Michigan finished? No, far from it. Penn State is coming into the Big House and the Wolverines are preparing to shock the world.
Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: It has been a nice run for Mississippi State, but Auburn is about to slap the Bulldogs with a reality check.
Tom Fornelli, CBS Sports: The Confidence Pool. This week's locks include Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Fresno State.
The popularity of artificial surfaces used on playing fields is at an all-time high. The surface is durable, requires less maintenance and over the long term is cheaper than a grass field. But NBC News asks if the material used between the pieces of artificial grass — a granular synthetic dirt — can be harmful?