There's a reason why Texas A&M and Iowa State are winless in the Big 12. It's summarized in one word that starts with a "D."
The Aggies and Cyclones are the only teams in the league to have allowed more than 200 points this season. In Big 12 play, they're worse.
Texas A&M (2-5, 0-3 Big 12) has allowed a staggering 47.4 points in conference games, while Iowa State (2-5, 0-3) has given up 108 points in its last 10 quarters.
But things could be looking up for the Aggies and Cyclones when they square off on Saturday night in Ames, Iowa. Each will get their best shots yet at a conference win -- if only because they're playing each other. And Iowa State coach Gene Chizik and Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman could both use the pick-me-up.
Both coaches are in the early stages of rebuilding efforts.
Iowa State got thumped in what appeared to be a winnable game for the second straight week, losing to Nebraska 35-7. Texas A&M took a 23-20 halftime lead against No. 8 Texas Tech last week, but their offense fell flat in the second half of a 43-25 home loss.
It was the fourth time in five games that an opponent beat the Aggies by scoring more than 40 points, but Sherman praised his team for the passion and cohesiveness they showed in defeat.