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Coaches looking forward to weekend games

Mack Brown looking forward to watching his quarterback on Saturday against Iowa State: “(After Nebraska performance) We think we’re going to see a quarterback (Garrett Gilbert), tomorrow, who is in complete control of his offense.”

(interesting comments on polls) “I’m not so sure coaches do a great job with the polls because they are so tired. With late games, I’m checking scores on the plane. I haven’t watched the games. At the end of the season, maybe the coaches do a better job with the polls.”

Quoting Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel: “We run well and we’re playing very well together as a team, and that’s important.”

“We are a lot better team than we were three weeks ago. That gives us a shot.”

(explanation for struggles against Oklahoma in the past) “I haven’t done a very good that. Bottom line, it’s my responsibility. We have overcome a lot of stuff here, but I just haven’t done a good enough job.”

Butch Davis eager for Miami (FL) match-up: "No game is just another game. Miami is a place I spent a significant amount of time. I've got an awful lot of respect for the program. I've got a lot of friends in South Florida."

Randy Shannon tired of losing to Butch Davis: "They have our number right now, and we have a chance to do something about it. It's more of a pride thing that you get tired of losing to a guy."

Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning wants takeaways: “I’ve never had an issue (with turnovers). As a matter of fact, I’ve been blessed. I’ve had some groups that have been in the top in the country in that almost every year. We’re just not getting enough here for some reason, and I gotta find a way to make that happen.”

Jeff Horton told the Minnesota team… : "I don't know how this decision came about, but this is the decision that was made. And I need all of you guys for us to have any chance for success."

Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads concerned about fragile team: "This is such a critical game for us, win or lose. We got beat by 41 points (by Utah), we got beat by 52 (by Oklahoma). We can't go down to Austin and get beat by 63. It would continue to spiral because it would be harder to bring the kids back."

Doc Holliday concerned about special teams: "Anytime you've got depth issues, which we do, it shows up on some of your special teams. That's the issue we are dealing with right now."

Quoting Les Miles: “If I have to bear some criticism, so be it.” 

“We need both quarterbacks. We’re going to call on both guys to step on the field to give us the best opportunity.”