Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Focus: Coach Strong on the Hot Seat after Texas' Loss to KU

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Football Focus: Coach Strong on the Hot Seat after Texas' Loss to KU

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There was much to celebrate in Austin, or so it seemed, when Texas started the season by beating Notre Dame.

This was one headline in a national publication: "Thrilling victory vs. Notre Dame marks Texas U-turn."

Remember that? Neither do many Longhorns fans. That was when the Irish were thought to be a national power and were ranked No. 10.

These days, instead of being raised into the air by his players, Strong is being buried by fans who have had enough. Kansas had lost its last 19 Big 12 games before Saturday's overtime win over visiting Texas, a result that reports now suggest sealed Strong's fate.

Strong is 16-20 at Texas, which was more than a three-touchdown favorite Saturday, and has not produced a winning season in three years. He needs a win against TCU to become bowl eligible.

"Those guys hurt in the locker room and I feel so bad for them," Strong said. "It was there for us. There was no reason for us to even not just go out and go finish the game."

He was asked if he knew what the result meant for his future.

"No, I don't. No idea," he said.

Even after getting the win, Kansas is averaging a 17-point margin of defeat this season with its only other win coming against Rhode Island. The Jayhawks had not beat the Longhorns since 1938.

Of course, social media was buzzing with rumors after the loss Saturday but nothing had been announced.

Will Speight be ready?

Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight remains day-to-day as the Wolverines approach Saturday's meeting with Ohio State with the possibility of a spot in the College Football Playoff on the line.

Speight didn't play in the team's 20-10 win against Indiana on Saturday as he recovered from a shoulder injury suffered in the loss to Iowa the previous week.

Michigan's offense was altered completely with John O'Korn running things. He completed seven of 16 passes for 59 yards. His key contribution was a 30-yard scramble on third down in the third quarter when the Wolverines needed a boost.

De'Veon Smith picked up the slack by running for 158 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan rallied at home.

Wishful thinking

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy apparently has not given up hope of reaching the playoff despite the team's two losses and No. …

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