Just watched the finish of the K State game at Louisiana-Lafayette on ESPN-360. I lived in Louisiana for a while, and I knew the campus as USL, but by any name the Rajin' Cajuns aren't exactly a big-time football program. Against K State they looked to be quicker, faster, and sharper. I don't know whether K State is the doormat of the Big 12, but if they play like they did tonight, I can't see them winning many conference games.
For us, that translates into this: we'd better not go into next week's game with the kind of smugness we saw from Tennessee today. We're going to be big favorites, I guess, probably at least the 9 Tennessee was given over us. K State looked vulnerable to the run, which would be great for the Bruins, because it would give us a chance to return to the possession game we enjoyed against SDSU. I don't think Prince will see the kind of presuure he saw today, and maybe next week they'll call it if he gets a helmet hit to the head.
By the way, is there another geezer out there who remembers whether it was Tommy Prothro or Pepper Rodgers who vowed never to play again in Knoxville after the zebras stole a game from him? I think it was Prothro, but I don't have the energy to look it up, and I don't remember.
Anyway, this good be a better season than we expected, or maybe still expect, but as Ben Roethlisberger said after the Steelers' win the other night, let's take it a game at a time and see where it leads us.