Richard Justice, Houston Chronicle: After losing to Kansas in the Fort Worth Bowl, Houston is again at a football crossroads. Yes, another one.
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: During the telecast of the Alamo Bowl, TV commentators surely will recount the famous Battle of the Alamo in 1836, when brave Texans fought the Mexican Army for the right to brandish "Fire Millen" signs.
Randall Mell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel: Penn State fans are back at it, complaining that Bobby Bowden's 31 victories at Samford should not count in his total of 359, which is six wins ahead of Joe Paterno.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Register: Alabama coach Mike Shula doesn't want an Xbox 360 for Christmas. He wants some beefy linemen.
Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle: OK, we're late on this one, but it's such a good read: How the Mormons saved Las Vegas.