We'll begin with a little under-the-radar topic called conference expansion, and move forward from there.
Conferences are thinking about both expansion and extinction this week at BCS meetings, Pete Thamel writes in The New York Times.
CBSsports.com's Dennis Dodd rates the Big Ten expansion candidates.
A bigger Big Ten is not necessarily a better one, Brian Cook writes in The Sporting Blog.
A good look at the Big Ten and the BCS meetings from the Chicago Tribune's Teddy Greenstein.
My ESPN.com colleague Ted Miller, who covers the Pac-10, will be at BCS meetings all week, and he's got a primer here.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel loves the Big 12, but he sounds willing to leave the league because of its uneven revenue sharing, Vahe Gregorian writes in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Colleague Brian Bennett wonders if this is the beginning of the end for the Big East.
The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Scott Dochterman looks at a possible 16-team Big Ten.
Had enough expansion? Never! OK, some actual football links.
Mikel LeShoure's ankle injury has kept the Illinois' running back competition open, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
Speaking of open competitions, Purdue's offensive line has plenty of them, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
The off-field troubles continue for Minnesota as linebacker Gary Tinsley was arrested early Sunday.
Converted quarterback Keith Nichol continues to make strides for Michigan State at wide receiver, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press.
Recruit Jamel Turner's future with Ohio State is uncertain after the shooting incident last weekend, Ken Gordon writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
A look at Iowa's retooled offensive line and the rest of the team coming out of spring ball from The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Marc Morehouse.