Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: When attempting to pick winners for that office bowl pool, examine the critical do-they-really-want-to-be-there factor.
Wally Hall, Northwest Arkansas Times: That grumbling coming from Arkansas fans? It's mainly because Notre Dame and Tennessee have moved ahead of the Razorbacks in the courting of quarterback Mitch Mustain, the nation's No. 1 recruit.
Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star: It's that time of year again, when the bowl games unite against the bashers (registration).