CHRIS DUFRESNE / ON COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Things are heating up in college football

Texas has allowed 111 points in two consecutive defeats and will try to hold off Baylor, whose offense is averaging 556 yards and 47 points a game. Tennessee will try to knock off No. 1 Alabama.

Here is some weekend pigskin to chew on:

—How hot will it get for Texas?

You thought things couldn't get worse after the Longhorns got scorched by Oklahoma last week at the State Fair of Texas. Friday, though, came word that "Big Tex," the 52-foot icon statue that greets fair visitors, was burned in an electrical fire.

Mack Brown's britches are also warming as his defense has allowed 111 points in two consecutive defeats.

And now that arson squad is asked to put out Baylor's fire?

Baylor not only has two straight wins over Texas, the Bears arrive in Austin with an offense averaging 556 yards and 47 points a game.

Texas is 4-2, but beating Baylor might be imperative to Brown's long-term coaching goals.

"Baylor is capable of putting 50, 60 points on you any day," Texas defensive end Alex Okafor said.

It better not happen Saturday.

—Can Derek Dooley win a big game at Tennessee? The Vols' third-year coach is 0-13 against ranked opponents with No. 1 Alabama coming to Knoxville.

"They change jersey numbers, not guys," Dooley said of Alabama's anonymous greatness index.

Close doesn't count.

In 2009, with Lane Kiffin as coach, Tennessee lost at Alabama by two because nose tackle Terrence Cody blocked two field-goal attempts. Alabama survived and went on to win the Bowl Championship Series title.

Dooley is 14-17 since replacing Kiffin and nursing a surgically repaired hip. Tennessee will honor former coach Phillip Fulmer before the game four years after he was run out of town after a 49-9 loss to Alabama.

Tennessee hasn't defeated a No. 1 since 1985.

Let the festivities begin.

—Is it possible for one-loss Florida State to get back in the national title race? The Seminoles are No. 14 in the first BCS standings as they head south to play Miami. Florida State has one big chip left before it can run the table…Florida. The Gators come to Tallahassee on Nov. 24. If Florida is still undefeated and No. 2 in the BCS standings well, perhaps, there's a sliver of a chance.

Michigan seeks its Football Bowl Subdivision-record 900th win when the Wolverines host Michigan State in Ann Arbor. The Big Ten's woes have reduced this to a regional rivalry, though it's interesting to note Michigan State has won four straight. "You keep track of those things the rest of your life," Spartans Coach Mark Dantonio said this week.

Nebraska plays at Northwestern for the first time since 1931. There was a different "shotgun" offense at Dyche Stadium that October day. In attendance for Northwestern's 19-7 win was gangster Al Capone, who was greeted with a "Bronx Cheer" by the crowd of 40,000. The Omaha Bee-News noted Capone was "accompanied by 'Machine-gun Jack' McGurn and several henchmen."

Any surprise it took Nebraska 81 years to come back?

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