Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist was kind enough to give the Wiz a plug and gets top billing (nudge, nudge, hint, hint to all you freeloading sportswriters ... the Wiz gives you credit. Now how about some love for the Wiz!) Hlas' story is subscription protected, but the Wiz has cracked the code and posted it in comments for the world to see.
Brian Davis, Dallas Morning News: In a letter sent to the NCAA, former Oklahoma quarterback Rhett Bomar says he didn't use proper judgment when he took money from a booster (registration).
Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News: A category-by-category look at how Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops lost his groove.
Tim Bisel, Topeka Capital-Journal: Only three of the 28 requested Kansas State players for Tuesday's media gathering showed up for the conference.
Doug Segrest, Birmingham News: Washington State's Bill Doba, whose team has played Auburn and USC, won't say which team he ranked ahead of the other in the coaches' poll.
Mike Baldwin, Oklahoman: If Oklahoma State is counting on having a successful season, it must beat Kansas State (registration).
Aaron Fentress, Oregonian: Oregon, with a rush defense that ranks 94th out of 119 Division I-A teams, would appear to be in trouble against California.
Bob Clark, Eugene Register-Guard: Pac-10 notebook. The last team to beat USC at the Coliseum? It was Stanford in 2001, coached by Tyrone Willingham, who brings Washington to L.A. on Saturday.
Jorge Milian, Palm Beach Post: Miami, which has ranked first or second nationally in pass defense in four of the past five seasons, has plummeted to 71st this season.
Joseph Person, Columbia State: South Carolina reserve defensive end Kerry Bonds has been dismissed from the team for allegedly choking a female student.
Randy King, Roanoke Times: Virginia Tech players say the loss to Georgia Tech could be the turning point in their season.
Emily Badger, Orlando Sentinel: Florida State has been favored over North Carolina State in each of the six seasons Chuck Amato has been Wolfpack coach, but the Seminoles have won only three of the games.
Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel: Big Ten notebook. More on the troubles at Michigan State.
Brian Bennett, Courier-Journal: Louisville quarterback Brian Brohm had the cast removed from his left thumb and could begin throwing next week.
Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Texas El Paso coach Mike Price is using a photo on the cover of the Southern Methodist media guide to fire up his team (registration).
Natalie Meisler, Denver Post: Mountain West notebook. San Diego State is 0-4, has lost two quarterbacks because of injury and will start a freshman, who happens to be the former coach's son, at the position.
Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee: Somehow after four games, Fresno State has managed to get worse.
Chadd Cripe, Idaho Statesman: Wait a minute! Boise State could go undefeated and not make a BCS bowl, according to an analyst.
Columbus Dispatch: Which announcer/analyst irrates you the most? Currently, Brent Musburger leads the voting.
Michael A. Hiltzik, L.A. Times: We warned you. A bill to ban online gambling has passed and is expected to be signed by President Bush.