Up and down in Vegas

Updated: September 17, 2003, 10:21 PM ET
By Ed Graney | Special to ESPN.com
If he had the answer, John Robinson would be a wealthy man. OK., much wealthier than he already is.

How in the world can his team look so helpless defensively in a 46-24 loss at Kansas one week and so inspired in a 23-5 victory at Wisconsin the next?

"The million dollar question," Robinson said. "Early in the year, I think college football teams tend to be more inconsistent and play opponents they often don't know much about. You also have school starting at different times for different teams and kids need to get through things like registration and checking out all the girls. It can really take away the focus you would like to have."