Rolling through September.
Terrelle Pryor doesn't have to play like a Heisman Trophy winner for Ohio State to win the national title, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Pryor and the Buckeyes are making strides, colleague Pat Forde writes. The Columbus Dispatch reports Buckeyes safety C.J. Barnett (knee) will miss at least a week.
Coach Tim Brewster is humbled by Minnesota's loss to South Dakota, while the Gophers should get both starting safeties back for USC, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune. Things will only get worse for Minnesota this week, Tom Powers writes in the (St. Paul) Pioneer Press.
Penn State played Alabama like it didn't want to be embarrassed, David Jones writes in The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News. The Lions were seeing red in the red zone, Bernard Fernandez writes in the Philadelphia Daily News. Penn State's Week 2 grades from Bob Flounders.
Wisconsin offensive coordinator Paul Chryst acknowledges the team has been careless with the ball in the red zone, Tom Mulhern writes in the Wisconsin State Journal. Great to see that Wisconsin receiver David Gilreath is OK after a scary hit Saturday.
We should learn a lot more about Michigan State after Saturday's game against Notre Dame, Shannon Shelton writes in the Detroit Free Press. A lot of questions linger about the Spartans, Lynn Henning writes in The Detroit News.
Good news on Illinois receiver/quarterback Eddie McGee, whose ankle injury isn't as severe as originally thought, Shannon Ryan writes in the Chicago Tribune. Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill could miss Saturday's game at Illinois, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette.
Purdue will be without receiver Keith Smith for this week's game and probably much more, Stacy Clardie writes in The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The Boilers have options to replace Smith in the passing game, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
Northwestern running back Arby Fields has stopped dancing and started producing, Chris Hine writes in the Chicago Tribune. ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers has some quick hits from Northwestern's win against Illinois State.