The Cyclones are off to a rough start (1-5 record, 0-3 in Big 12 play) but consecutive heartbreaking losses to Baylor and Oklahoma State suggest that new head coach Matt Campbell has Iowa State playing significantly better football than the early season squad that lost to Northern Iowa at home and surrendered the CyHawk trophy to Iowa after a 42-3 drubbing.
When a head coach takes over a coordinator's role, it's generally viewed as a desperate action with little hope for success. There's no doubt that it's an urgent move and it assuredly signals that the coordinator is done, but there have been a number of head coach takeovers which have turned out pretty well.
Texas has an un-coached, uncoordinated defense. That didn't change after the bye week. So draw up all of the schemes you like. We can't play any of them right now because almost no one in our back 7 has a baseline understanding of the game, how their position fits into our scheme, or how it relates to our alignments.
The Cowboy defense has plenty of experience and some talent, but they're still smarting from the loss of impact edge players and inconsistent replacements. That deficiency is showing up in their inability to limit the deep passing game and that's the main reason they're surrendering 6.0 yards per play (at a staggering 9.5 yards per pass attempt) despite playing solid defense on money downs, limiting the run and tackling reasonably well. Here's OSU Preview on Defense at Inside Texas.
Forgive me for the combined, abbreviated and late post-mortem, but I got caught in a time crunch and most of what needs to be said has already been expressed beautifully by Coach, Ian and nobis60. A more objective post-game viewing revealed that the offense played a nice game absent three critical areas.
Texas fans turned out for the Cal game in force. It was a nice reminder of how good Texas fans are and can be. The streets of Berkeley were decked in burnt orange and white and I heard several Cal fans remark that it felt like a Texas home game. Walking to the stadium through Cal's sun-dappled, tree-lined campus in flawless 70 degree weather, it was hard to disagree.