Greg Laughlin spent last Saturday in Jonesboro, Ark., where he watched Appalachian State upend Arkansas State, 37-22, before 20,016 at Centennial Bank Stadium. This is the Mountaineers first season in the Sun Belt, and the victory was the program's first in 11 games played west of the Mississippi River. Appalachian State has won four in a row.
Miley Cyrus made an appearance at Thursday night's California-USC game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, and the pop singer got the desired Hollywood attention when she was spotted kissing USC student Patrick Schwarzenegger, son of actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Double D, Boston Herald: Miami is a slight home underdog against Florida State, winners of 25 games in a row. But this is where it ends. The Hurricanes are going to shock the world and beat the Seminoles.
Howie Kussoy, New York Post: Experience matters, and this is what will separate Alabama from Mississippi State in Saturday's game at Tuscaloosa. Take the Crimson Tide and give the points.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Hlastradamus is a shiny 10-3 over the last two weeks, and he's buying what Minnesota is selling. Take the Golden Gophers and the 12 points against Ohio State.
Zack Braziller, New York Post: Mississippi State is the biggest underdog for a top-ranked team during the regular season in the last 15 years.
Jon Wilner, College Hotline: The Pacific 12 picks of the week. The collapse of Utah continues at Stanford, a seven-point favorite over the Utes. The Cardinal, coming off a bye week, is the pick.
Reno Journal-Gazette: The handicappers are jumping into the Southeastern Conference, with South Carolina, Arkansas and Louisiana State getting all the love.
Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel, Fox Sports: Alabama is too much for Mississippi State, Ohio State will roll Minnesota and Wisconsin will overpower Nebraska.