Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Illinois coach Ron Zook had trouble explaining how his team lost a 25-7 halftime lead in a 34-32 loss to Indiana, but let's point the finger at conservative play-calling.
Terry Foster, Detroit News: This is not a "Fire John L. Smith" column, but Michigan State fans deserve better.
Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times: Washington players — for good reason — were ticked off after time runs out in a loss at USC.
John Canzano, Oregonian: They beat Oklahoma with help from officials. They beat Fresno State on a fake field goal. Now the Oregon Ducks' season is at a fragile stage.
Sean Keeler, Des Moines Register: If Iowa State fans want to blame officials for the Cyclones' loss to Nebraska, go ahead. It simply wasn't the case.
Greg Hansen, Arizona Daily Star: It appears Arizona's season is on the critical list with quarterback Willie Tuitama suffering another concussion.
Mike Jensen, Philadelphia Inquirer: Temple keeps losing, but Al Golden's plan might pay off. "We're playing 45 guys who are going to be with us through the 2008 season right now," the coach says.
Dave Hickman, Gazette-Mail: Eleven penalties for 132 yards in a 42-14 victory over Mississippi State left West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez "disgusted" with his team's play.
Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Maybe Auburn's multi-tasking Tommy Tuberville should focus on coaching.
Ray Melick, Birmingham News: After stumbling through a 30-14 victory over Duke, it's clear that Alabama is not getting better.
Paul Finebaum, Mobile Press-Register: A year ago, Gus Malzahn was coaching a prep team. Saturday, he put Auburn in its place.
Mark Story, Lexington Herald-Leader: Woulda', coulda', shoulda' doesn't get Kentucky anywhere.
Kurt Kragthorpe, Salt Lake Tribune: It's a good thing Tom Craft didn't win many games last season as San Diego State coach, because new coach Chuck Long is off to an 0-6 start.
Neill Woelk, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado coach Dan Hawkins didn't want to call it a step backward. We'll do it for him (registration).
Dave Matter, Columbia Tribune: The Missouri Tigers sent a message to the rest of the Big 12: We're for real.
Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman: Oklahoma had the best player, but Texas had the best team (registration).