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The Ole Miss game will be a test. [KUT]
D.J. Monroe is all about winning. [ESPN]
The Horns won't see the Ole Miss until the day of the game. [Dallas Morning News]
Because all the hotels in Oxford and Tupelo, Miss., are full, the Longhorns are staying in Memphis — about and hour and a half away — then will drive to Oxford on Saturday morning. The players will not see the stadium until they arrive for pregame warmups. It’s very rare for Texas to have to do this. Head coach Mack Brown said it happens once in a while for trips to Iowa State, and the team might have to stay in Oklahoma City and bus to Stillwater for the Sept. 29 game against Oklahoma State.
As defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat was quick to remind, "It’s just a stadium."
Said lineman Mason Walters: "You hear about The Grove (Ole Miss’ tailgating area), see all the ladies and dresses and guys in bow ties looking dapper…everything has to be tighter. You’re in unknown territory. Getting everybody ready to travel and having no distractions is important."
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is spreading the Texas love. [Times Union]
"They're super talented," Freeze said. "That's the thing that's so glaring when you watch the film. The closing speed they have defensively and the breakaway speed they have offensively. You're facing one of the nation's best."
The Rebels are playing quite a few freshmen. [The Commercial Appeal]
Rebel QB has a favorite target. [Clarion Ledger]
Did you know that Red Cup Rebellion has a Texas Hate Week going on? [Red Cup Rebellion]
The Big 12 is racking up some big stats, but they aren't through the air. [Dallas Morning News]
Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma all rank in the top 10 nationally in rushing yards, led by the Wildcats with 612. Through the first two weeks of the season, all but one of the Big 12’s 10 teams are averaging more than five yards a run.
Deloss Dodds does not want a conference championship game. [Dallas Morning News]
"I don’t want a championship game," Dodds said. "I think five years down the road, for those that have a championship game, those coaches are going to say, ‘Why are we doing this? Why do we have an extra game to get to the [four-team playoff]?"
The Sooners aren't playing like an elite team. [NewsOK]
Yes, the scoreboard said this was a dominating performance.
OU 69, Florida A&M 13.
But anyone who made the trip to Norman or shelled out $39.95 for the pay-per-view broadcast knows that the score covers up the fact that the Sooners once again had their problems.
The Pokes get their defensive coordinator back. [NewsOK]
Young is back on the job full time, preparing for Saturday's game against Louisiana-Lafayette. He's working to fix what ails an OSU defense that once was fingered as the strength of this team, yet now stands in a very familiar position of drawing a barrage of criticism.
The Frogs make their Big 12 debut this weekend against Kansas. [Fox Sports]
Kansas State just keeps getting better. [Topeka Capital-Journal]
"I think we got a little bit better in all aspects of the game," coach Bill Snyder said Monday in the Big 12 Conference coaches teleconference. "It had to be improvement because of the difference in the quality of the performance of the team we competed against."
Baylor does not want to be a victim. [NewsOK]
Coming off a bye week, Baylor hosts Sam Houston State on Saturday. Six days later, the Bears play a Friday night game on the road against Louisiana-Monroe.
Sam Houston State finished 14-1 last season and was the Football Championship Series national runner-up.
The Paul Rhoads aura is growing. [Des Moines Register]
Tech basketball coach Billy Gillespie is on sick leave. [Yahoo Sports]
Tulane's Devon Walker is alert and responsive. [CNN]
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