@jw: That's why I like these chats. You just made a great point about the number of FCS schools recruiting in-state linemen. And, yes, depth is an issue right now. But I would put it at code orange as opposed to code red.
@Steve: I think Oregon will win six or seven games and sneak into a bowl. And you're right about Colorado.
@CDS: Good afternoon, CDS. I thought it was an interesting news conference today at Memorial Stadium. Riley handled it particularly well. Respect is the key word in this discussion, as the coach pointed out.
@CountryHusker: Oh, yes, it's on.
@jw: I think NDSU was rising before UNO dropped the sport. I think NDSU would've risen regardless.
@Marqel: I think it was due to the game plan and the way Wilbon is practicing. I think the Chicago reason far down the list if it's on the list at all.
@Lukas: I don't think that will be in the cards.
@JasonRWard: Oregon gained 482 yards, including 336 on the ground. Northwestern nearly reached the 400 mark.
@jw: Good call, jw. I've had my eye on Maryland.
@Robin: I just basically wondered that allowed on the Happer & Stephens Show on 93.7 The Ticket. If Armstrong keeps playing this well, I have to think it's something they would at least consider.
@Robin: I think they would game plan better for Fyfe for the same reason they've better handled Armstrong this year. That is, greater understanding of all the personnel, including the QBs.
@CountryHusker: I do think that area of recruiting -- recruiting and developing in-state linemen -- should be emphasized more than it has in the last 10 years or so.
@JimNE: I will write a column about it for tomorrow's editions. I respect where you're coming from. I will say this: Reporters always run to Rose-Ivey when he's available after practices. He is thoughtful and articulates himself well. We always want to hear what he has to say. Monday, he said some things I didn't necessarily agree with. But I respect him for taking a stand. And let's face it, "respect" is the key word in this discussion. I choose to show Rose-Ivey respect, even though I don't agree with everything he says.
@GBRfromVA: I think Wisconsin's front seven on defense is top-10 caliber. Will the redshirt freshman quarterback, Alex Hornibrook, continue to play that well? That's what I wonder.
@NewportRed: Tanner Farmer has a high-ankle sprain and will miss this week's game. A bye week follows. Nebraska hopes he's ready for the Indiana game on Oct. 15. As for Alonzo Moore, he is doubtful for this week's game, according to Mike Riley. His shoulder issue bears close attention. He's a key player. And I'm not sure if that shoulder issue will go away.
@joey: I was surprised how ordinary Iowa has looked the last two weeks. As for the contract, I think when it was given is largely immaterial. An athletic director's confidence in his head coach shouldn't wane much week to week. If it does, there obviously is something wrong and there would be no contract extension.
@CDS: That's a great summation. In fact, I couldn't have said it much better than that. Say this for the defense, though: It isn't allowing nearly as many big plays. Northwestern's offense had only two explosive plays. That was critical.
@JimNE: No way, Jim. I think Ohio State holds that distinction, and Michigan State isn't far behind. My guess is Jim Harbaugh will continue to push toward the top of the list. But Paul Chryst is doing a hell of a job at Wisconsin. I watched Saturday's game. Chryst got the better of Mark Dantonio on that particular Saturday. I really think Justin Wilcox is doing an outstanding job as Dave Aranda's replacement.
@Zadi: Rose-Ivey says he loves America. I believe him, although I'm obviously aware how one could form an opposite viewpoint.
@NewportRed: I agree. Langsdorf found extensive periods of play-calling rhythm Saturday night. He has had an excellent year to this point.
@AzHusker: I'm not aware of any team rules, or university rules, that prohibit their act.
@joey: I have never really thought about it in the terms you outlined, but now that you mention it, yes, the Big 12 expansion possibility might add a measure of pressure. How much? That's hard to say without being privy to the seriousness of UCF's candidacy.