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• Gary Horowitz, Salem Statesman Journal: Superstitious? With Oregon State trying to earn its first berth to the Rose Bowl since 1964, players quit shaving as of Nov. 1. So far, it has worked. The team is 2-0 in November. "Some of us can grow a beard better than others," offensive guard Gregg Peat said. "I'm participating at the expense of my breathtakingly good looks."
• Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman: Has Boise State received an invitation to join the Mountain West Conference? Everyone from Mountain West president Craig Thompson to Boise State president Bob Kustra is refuting any contact has been made.
• Bill Cole, Winston-Salem Journal: North Carolina's Butch Davis says he won't be the next coach at Tennessee. "I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the University of Tennessee job. It's a great job but I have no interest in it."
• Jake Trotter, Oklahoman: Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips arrived in Oklahoma in a private twin-turboprop registered to the university. Reports suggest Phillips was to interview either Oklahoma offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson or defensive coordinator Brent Venables for Clemson's coaching vacancy.
• Bud Withers, Seattle Times: One of the Pacific 10 puzzlers of 2008 is why the chardonnay lovers don't turn out under the eucalyptus trees to watch a competitive Stanford team. It's a sore subject with Jim Harbaugh and could result in the Cardinal coach leaving for the Oakland Raiders.
• John Feinstein, Washington Post: The bad guys standing in the way of a playoff? Bowl Championship Series commissioners.
• Eric Crawford, Louisville Courier-Journal: There's some big-time coaching going on, but not necessarily on the field. In news conferences, the strategy has been innovative and even entertaining. A look at some of the trick plays.
• Tony Barnhart, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Why Tim Tebow deserves a strong look for the Heisman. Hint: They don't play defense in the Big 12.
• Corey Clark, Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State will wear black jerseys for its home game Saturday against Boston College.
• Chris Christoff, Detroit Free Press: Former Michigan State coach George Perles is forming an exploratory committee to run for governor as a Democrat in 2010, when he will be 76.
• Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Texas Tech's high-flying offense is good theater. Saturday's game against Oklahoma State was the second-most-watched game on ABC this season. The top-rated game was Texas-Texas Tech the weekend before.
• Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News: Texas has tied Notre Dame for second place on the all-time Division I-A list with 829 victories. Michigan leads with 872.
• Paul J. Letlow, Monroe News-Star: Charlie Weatherbie's spin is that Louisiana Monroe is closer to being a 7-3 team than 3-7. Reality check Charlie, the Warhawks are 3-7.