Something still doesn't seem right to me about these guys. How did they get taken to overtime by Kansas, which gave up 603 yards to Oklahoma State last week? Why aren't they putting up 35-40 points on these bad Big 12 North teams? I guess we'll find out how good they are this weekend. Next game: Saturday vs. Texas.
Just when I go singing Gary Pinkel's praises, naming him SI's coach of the midseason last week, he goes and calls an ill-fated fake field goal -- twice -- that helped seal the Texas A&M loss. "Everybody knew it was a fake," said Aggies safety Melvin Bullitt. "You could see it in their eyes." Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas State.
Talk about a team that's improved by leaps and bounds over the course of the season. A month ago the Badgers beat San Diego State 14-0. But they followed that with an impressive defensive performance in a loss to Michigan and have since won three straight games by at least 32 points. Next game: Saturday at Purdue.
In past years, the Demon Deacons would have been thrilled to reach six wins by the end of the year. But this team has loftier goals, and rightfully so, after playing Clemson tough and knocking off N.C. State. In a weak ACC, it's entirely feasible Wake could reach nine or 10 wins. Next game: Oct. 28 at North Carolina.
This is another team that's gotten much better over the past month -- though I wouldn't get too carried away just yet. The Missouri win was exactly what Dennis Franchione needed to get the critics off his back -- and for Aggies fans to start dreaming of a possible New Year's Day bowl. Next game: Saturday at Oklahoma State.