Big 12 football: Baylor does not want to become the next victim

Louisiana-Monroe's upset of No. 8-ranked Arkansas has opened some eyes around college football.
by Michael Baldwin Published: September 10, 2012
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photo - Baylor quarterback Nick Florence (11) passes as offensive tackle Cyril Richardson (68) blocks Southern Methodist linebacker Cameron Rogers (50) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ORG XMIT: TXMO108
Baylor quarterback Nick Florence (11) passes as offensive tackle Cyril Richardson (68) blocks Southern Methodist linebacker Cameron Rogers (50) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Waco, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/LM Otero) ORG XMIT: TXMO108

“The bottom line is, to truly turn the corner, we're going to have to guide them through that.”

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.”

by Michael Baldwin
Reporter
Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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