Wiz correspondent Greg Laughlin spent last Saturday in San Marcos, where he took in the Georgia Southern-Texas State game. The visiting Panthers won their seventh game in a row by holding off the Bobcats, 28-25.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: No prognosticator is hitting better than Hlastradamus, who fashioned a 7-1 record last week. The seer is back for more, and this time he's loading up on Alabama at Louisiana State.
Howie Kussoy, New York Post: Michigan State could have scheduled like other power teams and still been undefeated. But the Spartans traveled to Oregon and suffered their only loss. Now Ohio State is coming to East Lansing, and Michigan State will be up to the task. Take the Spartans and give the points.
Matt Youmans, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Las Vegas bookmakers are expecting that Saturday will be the biggest wagering day of the college season. And by the end of it, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes could be relevant again.
Double D, Boston Herald: Penn State must win two of its last four games to become bowl-eligible. Fortunately, the Nittany Lions have Indiana, Temple and Illinois before the regular-season finale against Michigan State. Take Penn State and lay the points against Indiana.
Reno Journal-Gazette: The handicappers are coming off a rough week. Only Lee Sterling got the cover. This week's selections: Notre Dame, Minnesota and Georgia Tech.
Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: Feldman and Mandel are splitting picks, taking opposite sides in the Kansas State-Texas Christian, Baylor-Oklahoma and Notre Dame-Arizona State games.
Did ESPN insert "Touchdown LSU!" into this promo for Saturday's Ohio State-Michigan State game? Listen closely at the nine-second mark. Perhaps it's MSU, but seldom if ever is Michigan State called that.
Time, it appears, is on the Southeastern Conference's side. In fact, it's not even close.
Scott Bryant of Awful Announcing took a detailed look at the airtime devoted to conferences during the past two broadcasts of ESPN's "GameDay." The results from the three-hour telecasts are stunning.
The above chart shows that during the Oct. 25 telecast from Baton Rouge — site of the Mississippi-Louisiana State game — ESPN devoted over 62 minutes of airtime to the SEC. That's more than the rest of the conferences combined. The SEC received nearly four times more airtime than the runnerup Big Ten.
Oregon was a bit of an afterthought in the first playoff rankings, pushed aside by SEC bias, but gamblers know best, don't they? The Ducks are now favored to win the playoff, according to odds posted by Bovada.
On top of that, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota remains the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy.