Sunday, October 29, 2006

Reporters' Notebooks

Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: USC's loss could be bad news for California because it seals off one of the two paths the Golden Bears had to the Rose Bowl.

Scott Wolf, L.A. Daily News: One (loss) and done? USC still believes it can waltz right back into the Bowl Championship Series title game.

Kevin Tatum, Philadelphia Inquirer: Bowling Green, a team that had scored 70 on Temple the past two meetings, became the first to lose to the Owls in 21 games (registration).

Mark Rosner, Austin American-Statesman: Texas Tech coach Mike Leach implied that his Red Raiders lost to Texas because of the officiating (registration).

Mike Sullivan, North County Times: Chuck Long's rebuilding project at San Diego State took a big hit. The Aztecs lost to I-AA Cal Poly, 16-14, arguably the worst defeat in San Diego State history.

Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle: North Texas' Darrell Dickey coached his first game since suffering a heart attack Oct. 13, but the Mean Green lost to Troy, 14-6.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan continues to fly under the Heisman radar. He guided the Warriors to a 68-10 rout of Idaho.

Matt James, Fresno Bee: Where did it all go wrong? Fresno State's 1-6 record defies explanation but hey, it could be worse.

Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: Drew Who? Iowa appears to have an up-and-coming quarterback in Jake Christensen, who replaced the injured Drew Tate.

Brandon Mellor, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State and Bobby Bowden are in unfamiliar territory with the worst start for a Seminole team since 1976.

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