TEXAS FACES IMPROVED OLE MISS
The Longhorns' first road game is at Mississippi. The Rebels finished 2-10 last season, 0-8 in the SEC.
But Ole Miss has looked like a different team with quarterback Bo Wallace, a junior college transfer. The Rebels, who average 551.5 yards on offense, romped past Central Arkansas and defeated UTEP 28-10.
“They're a very, very much improved football team,” said Texas coach Mack Brown. “When you look at their offense, they're a lot like what we see every week in the Big 12. They're up tempo. They have a lot of speed. Both tailbacks can run. Their wide receivers can run. They can beat you a number of ways.”
CYCLONES USED TO UNDERDOG ROLE
Iowa State has been a slight underdog its first two games but is 2-0 following a home win over Tulsa and a road win at Iowa. It was the first time in a decade the Cyclones have won in Iowa City.
“We've been underdogs a lot more than two weeks in a row,” said ISU coach Paul Rhoads. “We've been picked to win eight games the past three years, and we've won 20. We like the role, I guess. We're used to the role. Maybe that's more accurate.”
ISU is led by a veteran defense that hasn't allowed a touchdown the past seven quarters.
“Wow, I didn't realize that,” Rhoads said. “Counting upperclassmen, at one point we had seven seniors and four juniors on the field. They're playing like who they are. We are a veteran (defense). We're playing fast. That doesn't mean we have a bunch of fast guys. We're just playing defense fast.”
KLEIN IS PLAYING WELL
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein rarely compiles gaudy stats, but his play in the Wildcats' 52-13 romp over Miami was an example how he impacts a game.
Named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week, Klein rushed for 71 yards and three touchdowns. He completed 9 of 11 passes for 210 yards and a score.
“He's an extremely wise, young guy,” said K-State coach Bill Snyder. “He's wise enough to understand he will not take his preparation or his performance for granted. He won't become excessively comfortable. He's playing well ... but is always focused on correcting errors that he makes.”