Mark Stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Joe Paterno may not have liked it, but Bret Bielema's tactic to exploit a loophole in rule 3-2-5-e is drawing praise from coaches.
Mark Tupper, Decatur Herald & Review: Many Illinois fans believe they'll be seeing Chief Illiniwek's final football halftime dance Saturday.
Laurence Miedema, San Jose Mercury News: The biggest game in recent San Jose State history won't be televised because of a spat between ESPN and the Western Athletic Conference.
Jacob Messer, Charleston Daily Mail: West Virginia tailback Steve Slaton will need surgery after the season to repair an injured right wrist.
Mark Kiszla, Denver Post: The Big 12 Conference needs change. The structure of the North and South divisions simply doesn't work.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: The Hlist. Ball State made alum David Letterman proud by hanging tough with Michigan (subscription, so story is in comments).
Jim Masliak, Commercial Appeal: Conference USA notebook. Saturday's games should go a long way toward sorting out the East and West divisions.