The eyes of Texas need a Kleenex. They must be weeping over what has happened to their Longhorns, and it might only get worse this week. Mack Brown’s seat is getting so hot, you could cook a Texas ribeye on it.
And so we begin in Austin with this week’s Tense 10 — 10 games where there is something for someone prove:
1. Kansas State at Texas: The Longhorns gave up 40 points in losing to BYU, fired the defensive coordinator, then gave up 44 more in being smacked around by Mississippi. What’s Plan C, keelhauling? Brown is 13-2 in Big 12 openers, but that was back when Texas could at least slow down opponents. His team desperately needs a good showing against Kansas State to prevent a freefall, but recent history is not comforting. The Wildcats have beaten the Longhorns the past three years.
2. Michigan at Connecticut: That near-miss with Akron in the Big House last Saturday was just a freak of football nature, right? That’s the general assumption anyway. Another assumption is that the Wolverines will resume standard operating procedure at UConn, since another close call would invoke some pointed questions. This match-up sounds more like a Sweet 16 game in March.
3. Missouri at Indiana: This is the best chance yet for Indiana to show its new teeth as a program. The Hoosiers are No. 6 in the nation in scoring. The Tigers are No. 10. First team to 50 wins.
4. South Dakota State at Nebraska: What are dirtier words in Lincoln — the bleeps heard from coach Bo Pelini in a two-year-old tape that showed up on the internet this week, or the fact the Cornhuskers are 105th in the nation in defense? Unbeaten South Dakota State is one of those FCS teams that can cause the big boys so much embarrassment.