Berry Tramel, Oklahoman: A team that was lost in September’s swelter has been found in December’s salt breeze. Oklahoma beat No. 5 Oregon in a rousing Holiday Bowl that showed why the Sooner tribulations of 2005 should be a one-year aberration (registration).
John Canzano, Oregonian: Even if Oregon had pulled out the Holiday Bowl victory and eked past Oklahoma in that final, magical drive, it would have gone down as a qualitative loss, which means the Fiesta Bowl selection committee got it right weeks ago.
Terence Moore, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: How do you say rinky dink, as in something called the Emerald Bowl, as in why is the ACC even sending one of its members to this thing? (registration).
Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune: Something that was believed entering the Emerald Bowl was absolutely true: One of the participants was a team that nobody should want to play at this time of year. Except it was not Georgia Tech.
Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star Tribune: It's a lose-lose situation. Minnesota has offered a great deal of money to a coach, Glen Mason, it doesn't seem to like, a passive-aggressive maneuver that, even if Mason agrees to those terms, will leave sour tastes all around (registration).
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Florida players insist it will be different this time, that the 37-17 loss to Iowa two years in the Outback Bowl wasn't a true representation of Gator football (subscription, so story is in comments).