Fred Girard, Detroit News: Two Michigan State players were arraigned on assault charges and another is to be charged after a weekend fight. Coach John L. Smith received reassurances from above that he is under no pressure — for the moment.
Norm Frauenheim, Arizona Republic: USC might be No. 2 in the BCS standings, but Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter says the Trojans are only the third-best team in the Pacific 10.
Bob Clark, Eugene Register-Guard: Pac-10 notebook. More bashing of the Trojans. Washington State defensive end Mkristo Bruce says California is a superior team to USC.
Shannon Shelton, Detroit Free Press: Big Ten notebook. Indiana to play in a bowl game? Yes, the once unthinkable is now possible for the Hoosiers.
Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Big Ten notebook. With the addition of a 12th game, conference coaches say something must be done to lengthen the season and add a bye week.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist. Wisconsin is on quite the roll, having outscored its last three Big Ten opponents, 141-38 (subscription, so story is in comments).
Russ Brown, Lexington Herald-Leader: For an undefeated team, Louisville has its share of problems.
Susan Miller Degnan, Miami Herald: Miami president Donna Shalala says she will not sacrifice what's right for her student-athletes to appease the masses (registration).
Tim Doherty, Clarion Ledger: Southern Mississippi defensive tackle Ryan Watson, a transfer from USC, became the third Golden Eagle player to be arrested in a week.