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• Brett McMurphy, Tampa Tribune: South Florida quarterback Matt Grothe:
"Honestly, I don't have a chance in hell to win the Heisman. Not just this year, any year. It's politics. We've been around for 11 years, it [Heisman] will go to a school that's been around forever." Plus, Kansas fans are complaining about abusive treatment from South Florida fans at last Friday's game.
• Donnie Webb, Syracuse Post-Standard: The new Ernie Davis statue unveiled last weekend has a Nike logo on the former Syracuse star's right shoe. Nike didn't start branding its name on shoes until the 1970s, long before Davis won the Heisman in 1961.
• Jay Drew, Salt Lake Tribune: Brigham Young's Bronco Mendenhall, whose team is coming off a 59-0 victory over UCLA, said he won't run up the score for poll votes. "There's never a thought given to margin of victory or the need for convincing wins," he said. Mendenhall added that the Bowl Championship Series system "won't enter into how we coach."
• Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal: Tennessee defensive tackle Demonte Bolden said Florida was trying to run up the score last season in a 59-20 victory over the Volunteers. "That was the worst game I've ever been in. We couldn't get things done and they were trying to run up the score."
• Josh Humphries, Daily Reflector: Some East Carolina students seeking tickets to Saturday's game at North Carolina State slept outside the Pirates' ticket office.
• Aaron J. Lopez, Rocky Mountain News: Wyoming is in discussions with Nebraska on a multiyear series agreement that could include one game at Denver's Invesco Field at Mile High.
• Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star: How down is the Big Ten? "Two weeks ago, the Big Ten sent out its weekly news release, celebrating the fact it had won all 11 of its games on the same day for the first time in history. This is like saying you went into a sex addiction meeting and walked out with a date."
• Kate Hairopoulos, Dallas Morning News: Texas A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines, who turned 64 this summer: "God's been good to me. When I wake up in the morning, I'm at the age where a good, hot shower and a cup of coffee -- ain't a whole lot left that can ring your bell. I've already had both of those today, so that's pretty good."
• Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star: Since Mike Stoops became Arizona's coach in 2004, the Wildcats are 4-25 when trailing at the half and 0-3 when tied. Conversely, Arizona is 15-2 when leading at halftime.
• Paul Buker, Oregonian: Is USC's defensive front seven better than some NFL teams -- namely the Raiders? It can't be ... or can it?
• Iliana Limón, Orlando Sentinel: Central Florida's George O'Leary, whose team plays Saturday at Boston College, can't stand the city of Boston. "My wife's a Boston fan. She's from Boston. And I'm a Yankee fan. It's always trying. I don't like going to Boston. I don't like Boston. I think I've always been a Yankee fan and a Giant fan. Anything outside that, I don't know anything about. My wife, she's obviously rooting for UCF, but she's a big time Boston Red Sox and Celtics [fan]. We have two TVs for a reason."
• Bryant-Jon Anteola, Fresno Bee: Fresno State agreed to a home-and-home series with Illinois that will begin in 2009.
• Travis Johnson, Daily Collegian: Penn State president Graham Spanier had the Centre
County District Attorney address about 200 freshman student-athletes, including members of the football program. "If he feels that maybe there is something that ought to be addressed I think he should do it, but I don't know what was said or done or why," Joe Paterno said.
• Bill Koch, Cincinnati Enquirer: Former Cincinnati quarterback Ben Mauk is headed to Canada to play for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
• Bobbi Roquemore, Dallas Morning News: Houston, which moved last Saturday's home game against Air Force to Dallas because of Hurricane Ike, was still in North Texas. "There's not a lot to go back home to," sports information director Chris Burkhalter said.
• J.P. Giglio, Raleigh News & Observer: His annual look at former Atlantic
Coast Conference players in the NFL. Miami leads the way with 44, followed by Florida State (37) and Virginia Tech (29). Duke has three.
• BCS Guru: USC solidified its grip on No. 1 in the unofficial Bowl Championship Series standings. Georgia is No. 2. Ohio State fell to No. 16.
• Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal: Who started this scheduling of cupcakes? You can blame Kansas State, which plays Louisville tonight.