Texas has no intention of overlooking Kansas

Associated Press Modified: October 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm •  Published: October 26, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Texas doesn't have any intention of overlooking Kansas on Saturday.

It doesn't matter that the Jayhawks have only won one game, or that they were blown out last week by Oklahoma, or that there's an unproven freshman quarterback under center.

The Longhorns haven't proven they can overlook anybody.

"I told our team that we're not good enough to beat anybody unless we play our best," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "We have to play at high intensity. We've got to practice at high intensity. And we understand that this league is the best it's ever been."

Of course, if there is a team that can be neglected, Kansas may be the safest bet.

The Jayhawks (1-6, 0-4 Big 12) have allowed at least 20 points in every game this season against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision. They allowed 50 or more to Kansas State and Oklahoma, and haven't scored more than 24 since a season-opening win over South Dakota State.

That's part of the reason coach Charlie Weis made a change at quarterback.

Michael Cummings will get his second straight chance under center against the Longhorns (5-2, 2-2), taking over on a more permanent basis from fifth-year senior Dayne Crist.

It was Crist who transferred from Notre Dame to be reunited with Weis, only to struggle so much in his final season of college football that fans were regularly booing him.

Cummings took over in the second half against Oklahoma State and nearly rallied Kansas to an improbable victory. He wasn't nearly as good last week against the Sooners, but Weis said he did enough to warrant an extended look the rest of the season.

"They both have been told that and they both know Michael's starting and we'll see where it goes," he said. "I think that, at this point when you're 1-6 and things haven't gone real well, I think you owe it to your team to see what you have."

Said Cummings: "As long as I got a chance to compete, that's all you can ask for."

The Jayhawks are averaging a league-low 10.8 points through their first four Big 12 games, nearly 10 points fewer than Iowa State, the next-worst team. They're averaging 17.3 points for the season, eighth-worst among the 120 teams in the country.

All of which bodes well for a struggling Texas defense.

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