BIG 12 GAME OF THE WEEK — K-STATE VS TEXAS
Talk around the conference heading into Week 4, rightfully, surrounds the defensive struggles of Texas and the job security of coach Mack Brown.
But as the Longhorns attempt to right the ship, they open conference play against another team searching for its true identity.
Kansas State, the defending Big 12 champ, was upset in its opener by FCS stalwart North Dakota State, before responding the past two weeks with easy home wins over Louisiana-Lafayette and UMass. But a trip to UT provides coach Bill Snyder's crew with by far its stiffest test to date.
“We've gotten ourselves better,” Snyder said. “I don't think we've made a dramatic turnaround. I think it's been a gradual process. We still are making a plethora of mistakes in all facets of the game. Consistency has been maybe the biggest issue.”
And the Wildcats will find out plenty on Saturday in Austin, facing a reeling but talented Texas team that is expected to play with plenty of desperation.
“I see a team that is playing hard, and I see a team that has talented young people,” Snyder said when asked to assess Texas.
*Mike Gundy on if the past week, with the SI investigation, was a distraction to his players: “I thought we would have (been distracted), but as the week went on and we got closer to Friday, I got the sense they didn't pay any attention to it at all.”
*Bob Stoops on Gabe Lynn's overturned ejection for targeting, which was still penalized for 15 yards: “I know my player was very aware to not target the helmet. He hit shoulder-to-shoulder, did it exactly how you want and it was still a physical, violent hit, but done the right way. You'd like to see the penalty part of that done away with when you see it's a perfectly clean hit.”
*Kliff Kingsbury on how he handled his running back, DeAndre Washington, dropping the ball before the goal line, negating an easy (and crucial) touchdown during Texas Tech's Thursday night win over TCU: “Less is more at that point. You know it's going to replayed everywhere in the country. On ESPN, college football Thursday with everybody watching, if you jump a kid, to me that doesn't do much good.”