Monday, September 17, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Pete Thamel, New York Times: After three weeks, an elite class of teams has emerged to dominate the championship chase.

Bryan Mullen, Tennessean: Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer, despite a leaky defense and shaky running game, says the Volunteers can win the rest of their games.

Detroit Free Press: Clemson's Tommy Bowden ripped Michigan counterpart Lloyd Carr after the Tigers defeated Furman, a rival of Appalachian State.

Steven M. Sipple, Lincoln Journal Star: USC's bludgeoning of Nebraska revealed that the Cornhuskers can't run the ball or stop teams from running it against them.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Is it time for Auburn to give Tommy Tuberville the thumb?

Tom Keegan, Lawrence Journal-World: Note to the thirsty fools who left Memorial Stadium at halftime Saturday night to find entertainment elsewhere: This is not another deadly dull Kansas team.

Mick McGrane, San Diego Union-Tribune: Even though San Diego State is off to another 0-2 start, rose-colored glasses remain a fashion staple around the football offices.

Jeff Call, Deseret Morning News: What was once an 11-game winning streak for Brigham Young has morphed into a two-game losing streak.

Laurence Miedema, San Jose Mercury News: San Jose State coach Dick Tomey, whose team has been outscored, 116-17, called out his players, his coaching staff as well as himself. And he didn't stop there.

Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Despite a badly sprained right ankle, Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan set an NCAA record with his 29th 200-yard passing game in a row in the victory against Nevada Las Vegas.

Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Trouble in Arizona, where coach Mike Stoops' team appears ready to implode.

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