By Jay Christensen, TheWizOfOdds.com
· John Maher, Austin American-Statesman: For the third year in a row, Texas leads the nation in merchandise sales, according to the Collegiate Licensing Company, which represents about 180 universities and colleges.
· Suzanne Halliburton, Austin American-Statesman: Texas officials are considering postponing Saturday's game against Arkansas if Hurricane Ike slams into the Texas coast on Saturday. The game would likely be rescheduled for Sept. 27, an open date for both teams.
· Jon Solomon, Birmingham News: The value of playing a tough nonconference opponent. Twelve of 20 teams that have played in the BCS title game (60 percent) got there by defeating a nonconference team that wound up in the final top 25.
· Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe thinks all college athletes should be compensated for the amount of money each team makes from selling replica jerseys with a player's number on it.
· Don Williams, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Is Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell injured, or is he just off his game?
· Daniel Lyght, Fresno Bee: Make room on East Carolina's bandwagon for one more fan. Fresno State's Pat Hill says, "I like what they're doing."
· Stephen Tsai, Honolulu Advertiser: Hawaii has secured a commitment from Jesse Williams, a 6-foot-5, 310-pound defensive lineman from Brisbane, Australia.
· Jon Wilner, San Jose Mercury News: No wonder Pacific 10 officiating has no credibility. The men involved in the latest fiasco at Washington were lead refs for two of the worst-officiated games in conference history.
· Bob Condotta, Seattle Times: The departure of linebacker E.J. Savannah means that there are only six players left from Washington's recruiting class of 2005.
· Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk lost his latest appeal for a sixth season of eligibility and appears to have run out of options.
· Robert Cessna, Bryan-College State Eagle: New Mexico fans passed on seeing their team play Texas A&M in protest of tickets costing $50. Only 28,007 showed up to 40,094-seat University Stadium, a slap in the face to New Mexico officials who reportedly passed on moving the game to San Antonio for $1.8 million.
· Joe Ovies, 850 The Blog: The natives are restless in Blacksburg, where callers into Frank Beamer's show are challenging the coach.
· Lonnie White, Los Angeles Times: Funny who you bump into at a prep game. Pete Carroll and John Elway were spotted at the same game Friday night.