Friday, October 05, 2007

Reporters' Notebooks

Angelique S. Chengelis, Detroit News: Michigan will not have to forfeit its victory over Penn State for using an ineligible player.

Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle: How did California find out at halftime of its game against Oregon that Oklahoma had lost to Colorado? Text messages. "We knew all about it," linebacker Anthony Felder said. "With the technology today, nothing is [unknown]."

Bart Wright, Greenville News: South Carolina finds itself in first place in the Southeastern Conference's East Division after a rocky but entertaining victory over Kentucky.

Brad Rock, Deseret Morning News: Welcome to the Disappointment Bowl between Utah and Louisville.

Marcus Nelson, Palm Beach Post: A week after playing in front of 67,018 and a national TV audience, South Florida plays at Florida Atlantic and an expected crowd of 20,500.

Charles Elmore, Palm Beach Post: Could South Florida be headed to the Bowl Championship Series title game? The Bulls likely will be favored to win the rest of their games.

Mark Tupper, Decater Herald & Review: Watershed games for Illinois have too often ended in tears instead of cheers. Will Saturday's matchup against Wisconsin be different?

Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The excellent conference calls: Notes, quotes and anecdotes for this week's games.

B.G. Brooks, Rocky Mountain News: When Kansas State beat Texas at Austin, it marked a seismic shift in the Big 12 Conference.

Brandon George and Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he wasn't surprised to hear the gruesome details of an Oklahoma City bar fight this summer between a Texas fan and a Sooner fan.

Jean-Jacques Taylor, Dallas Morning News: Anybody who studies college football polls realizes that they're worthless. The first month of the season proved that.

John Pruett, Huntsville Times: Mark it down: Auburn and Alabama are in for tough tussles Saturday.

Kevin Scarbinsky, Birmingham News: Conference USA football is not awful, just irrelevant.

Mark McCarter, Huntsville Times: Many savvy observers want a 16-team playoff woven into the current bowl setup. But why do you need this when you have the Bowl?

Teddy Feinberg, Las Cruces Sun-News: New Mexico State could be without quarterback Chase Holbrook for its Sunday night game against Boise State.

Ferd Lewis, Honolulu Advertiser: With games against Utah State, San Jose State and New Mexico State coming up, Hawaii could be set to make a big move in the polls.

Maurice Patton and Adam Sparks, Tennessean: The price tag is going up for BCS teams looking to fill out their schedules against teams that are down the food chain.

Scott D. Pierce, Deseret Morning News: The Mountain West and its television partners would like you to believe that games televised on CSTV are national telecasts. But when a channel is available in fewer than one in five homes in America, it's difficult to make a believable argument out of that contention.

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