Chip Scoggins, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Minnesota safety Brandon Owens will miss the season and the status of running back Gary Russell remains questionable (registration).
Lafayette Courier & Journal: Purdue began installing the Bermuda sod in Ross-Ade Stadium and the main practice field.
Maria Burns, Fort Wayne News-Sentinel: A trail date of Aug. 23 has been set for Indiana receiver James Hardy, who faces a series of charges.
Gary Klein, Los Angeles Times: USC quarterback Mark Sanchez said he had been reinstated by the university and will rejoin teammates in workouts.
Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: As expected, San Antonio was selected as site of the 2007 Big 12 title game (registration).
Rick Starr, Tribune-Review: West Virginia has parted ways with two running backs and a defensive linemen.
Charles Hollis, Birmingham News: SEC sports information directors have tabbed Auburn and Louisiana State as favorites in the SEC West and Florida as the team to beat in the SEC East.
Michael A. Lough, Macon Telegraph: Hard to believe, but Georgia can actually win games without and indoor practice facility.
DeKalb Daily Chronicle: Northern Illinois and Iowa will open the 2007 season at Soldier Field.