Tom Powers, St. Paul Pioneer Press: Is Glen Mason worried about losing his job? He doesn't appear to be concerned (registration).
Jim Souhan, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Laurence Maroney? Gone. Greg Eslinger and Mark Setterstrom? Gone. A chance for the Gophers to win their 43rd consecutive Music City Bowl? Gone. Glen Mason and his coaching staff? Going, going ... (registration).
Mike DeArmond, Kansas City Star: Nobody needed this Independence Bowl victory more than Missouri's Gary Pinkel (registration).
Pete Thamel, New York Times: New Jersey is a memory, USC is a dream for two former New Jersey preps (registration).
Ron Bellamy, Eugene Register-Guard: Where did it all go wrong for Oregon? Maybe it should have stuck with Dennis Dixon at quarterback after taking a 7-3 lead against Oklahoma in the Holiday Bowl.
Martin Fennelly, Tampa Tribune: It's called Meineke Car Care Bowl Fever. We're not sure if there is a cure.
Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News: The days of simply lining up and beating opponents the same, old way are over for the Michigan Wolverines.
Joe Biddle, Tennessean: It was an announced tickets-sold crowd of 40,519 at the Music City Bowl, but anybody in attendance knew there was nowhere close to that number of folks in the stands.