3-point stance: Hope for Kansas State

1. I know it’s early, so take this with an entire shaker of Morton’s. But if No. 6 Kansas State gets through this two-game road stretch at Iowa State and at No. 5 West Virginia -- and, yes, that’s a big if -- the schedule flips in the Wildcats’ favor. Their toughest opponent, No. 15 Texas, comes to Manhattan on Dec. 1. So when the SEC giants are playing at a neutral site, Kansas State would have a home game against a tough opponent. If the ‘Cats get that far, that will help.

2. My preseason pick of South Florida to win the Big East doesn’t look so hot. Andrea Adelson has blogged well on the Bulls this week. They are 2-4 this season after going 1-6 in the Big East a year ago (so why did I pick them to win?). Head coach Skip Holtz and athletic director Doug Woolard have heard the grumbles. But the Bulls have lost to two ranked teams, (No. 12 Florida State, No. 20 Rutgers) and no one has blown them out. I don’t think the bottom has fallen out. But I’ve been wrong about USF before.

3. Alex Karras, who died Tuesday at age 77, used his NFL career to leap into a long career as an actor. He is best known for playing Mongo in "Blazing Saddles" and the dad in "Webster." But buried beneath all of that was one of the best linemen in college football in a generation. As a senior tackle at Iowa in 1957, Karras not only won the Outland Trophy but became the first interior linemen to finish second in the Heisman voting. That got lost amid the laughs that Karras provided.