• Before being named Vikings interim offensive coordinator, Kevin Stefanski talked about what he sees in quarterback Kirk Cousins: “He is a very conscientious person, very serious about his job, takes his craft as serious as any guy I have ever been around. Which is fun to work with a guy like that because he keeps you on your toes as a coach. He wants answers and he wants to be as prepared as possible.”
• Former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who took over as Bills defensive coordinator last year, has completely changed that team. After being No. 26 in total defense last season the Bills are No. 1 this season, giving up 290.6 yards per game.
• The Vikings offense will look to make big strides vs. Miami under Stefanski. Monday night, the offense didn’t run a single snap in Seattle territory in the first half, so it should be clear early if the team responds to the move. After two quarters vs. the Seahawks, they had only 61 yards. Adam Thielen went without a catch in the first half, the only half in which that has happened this season.
• The Kentucky men’s basketball team is 7-2 and ranked 19th, and former DeLaSalle standout Reid Travis, the 6-8 senior graduate transfer from Stanford, is the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer (14.4 points per game) and rebounder (6.8 per game).
• The Gophers should easily be 11-2 going into the main part of Big Ten play, as their next two opponents, Mount St. Mary’s and North Carolina AT&T, are a combined 4-15.
• Five wrestlers from Minnesota are ranked in the top five in their weight class, according to InterMat: South Dakota State’s Seth Gross (Apple Valley, No. 1 at 133 pounds), the Gophers’ Mitch McKee (St. Michael-Albertville, No. 5 at 141), Penn State’s Mark Hall (Apple Valley, No. 2 at 174), Nebraska’s Taylor Venz (Farmington, No. 3 at 184) and the Gophers’ Gable Steveson (Apple Valley, No. 2 at heavyweight).