His physiognomy would have sufficiently indicated that he was a shrewd and capable fellow, and in truth he had often sat up all night over a bristling bundle of accounts, and heard the cock crow without a yawn. But Raphael and Titian and Rubens were a new kind of arithmetic, and they inspired our friend, for the first time in his life, with a vague self-mistrust.
Ray Ratto asks the existential question: Just who is California and who will show up in the Poinsettia Bowl against a tough Utah squad? Fact is Cal got everything it could -- in a bad way -- out of its four defeats by a combined count of 145-30.
Ohio State has a long time to prepare for Oregon's spread-option attack.
Sure, it's not the Rose Bowl, but Oregon State's Las Vegas Bowl matchup with BYU is intriguing on many levels.
Stanford's Toby Gerhart will have his hands full with the Oklahoma defense, particularly if quarterback Andrew Luck can't play.
UCLA is a big fan of Navy -- the Midshipmen need to beat rival Army for the Bruins to get a berth in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29. The Bruins can practice while they await their fate, but quarterback Kevin Prince remains questionable.
Some snarky USC fans and reporters thought the Trojans would be better off without Nick Holt. So, at the end of the season, which team is playing better defense: USC or Washington? Jim Moore doesn't think Jake Locker will return for his senior season.
This Washington State quarterback recruit looks good.
Jon Wilner looks at the winners and losers of the bowl season before it begins -- Jon left one out: The collective "whew" that went out from BCS conference teams when Boise State and TCU were matched in the Fiesta Bowl.