WHITHER THE BIG EIGHT?
Excluding Nebraska and Oklahoma, Big Eight teams suffered a horrendous Saturday, losing four of six games. That was at least better than the previous week, when they won just one of six. So far this fall, the Other Six are 5-11.
What goes with this once proud conference? It's simple. Oklahoma and Nebraska have fully taken it over. The last time another team won the conference championship outright was in 1961, when Colorado triumphed. The Other Six have gone crazy trying to catch up. Most notably they have made myriad coaching changes. Oklahoma's coaches have been in Norman for an average of 8.8 years per man. Nebraska's staff averages 10.9 years. Next? Oklahoma State's, with an average of 2.4 years.
Plus, the caliber of coaching also has deteriorated. Time was, the Other Six had coaches like Johnny Majors, Dan Devine, Eddie Crowder, Chuck Fairbanks, Pepper Rodgers, Jimmy Johnson. Times do change.
DUM QUOTE OF THE WEAK
Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, after his team manhandled UCLA, a squad with national title hopes, 38-3, and before it faced Minnesota, which hopes only to survive '86: "We were just too big and strong for UCLA. That won't be the case against Minnesota." The Sooners won 63-0.
STANFORD GETS TOUGH
Those effete snobs at Stanford have been accused by Texas of—get ready—dirty play. Late hits, illegal blocking—it's just too good to believe.
We're talking Stanford, which passes a lot, probably to avoid having to get down and dirty by playing real football. And we're talking Texas, the rugged ole boys from out on the ranch who chew and curse and chase and drive pickups and go huntin' and swagger. Naturally, Texas was whining because it got beat by the Cardinals the week before.
Now the swagger is on the other side. Stanford DB Toi Cook says, "People better watch out for us. We have a new attitude on defense." If that means a willingness to get in there and rattle some hats and toughen up and even—even—get their pants dirty, why Stanford, with its growling and filthy defense, which whacked San Jose State 28-10 on Saturday, could be the new bully on the block.
SITTING DOWN ON JOB