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K-State-Texas football preview

Updated: 2013-09-19T20:43:37Z

When/where: 7 p.m. Saturday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin

TV/radio: ABC (Chs. 2, 9); WHB (810 AM)

The series: K-State leads 8-5

The line: Texas by 5 1/2

K-STATE (2-1, 0-0 Big 12)

What’s at stake

The winner can say it is a contender in the Big 12 Conference race. The loser may struggle to reach a bowl game.

Cheers if ...

K-State’s offensive line builds off its last game in which it paved the way for 329 rushing yards. The Wildcats need to have a strong running attack.

Jeers if ...

The Wildcats continue to struggle to stop third-down conversions. Texas has better athletes and a faster tempo than any offense they have faced. They can’t allow it to build confidence with sustained drives.

Three things about Texas

1 The Longhorns are battling injuries. Receiver Daje Johnson has been ruled out for Saturday’s game, and starting QB David Ash (who didn’t attend last week’s game while he recovered from a concussion) is listed as questionable.

2 Texas could look different on defense than it has in previous games. Mack Brown reassigned former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz following a loss to BYU, and his replacement, Greg Robinson, has now been on the job for a full two weeks.

3 Texas has struggled mightily on defense, but its offense has played well. It is averaging more than 490 yards. Its problem is consistency. Last week, it scored all 23 of its points in the first half.

Key matchup

Daniel Sams vs. the Texas front seven: Running quarterbacks have feasted on the Longhorns’ defense this season. Sams needs to do the same when he is in the game. If he runs for big yardage, that will open up holes for John Hubert and make things easier in the passing game.

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 30North Dakota StateL, 24-21
Sept. 7Louisiana-LafayetteW, 48-27
Sept. 14MassachusettsW, 37-7
Sept. 21at Texas7 p.m.
Oct. 5at Oklahoma StateTBA
Oct. 12BaylorTBA
Oct. 26West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 2Iowa StateTBA
Nov. 9at Texas TechTBA
Nov. 16TCUTBA
Nov. 23OklahomaTBA
Nov. 30at KansasTBA

TEXAS (1-2, 0-0 Big 12)

Date Opponent Result/time
Aug. 31New Mexico StateW, 56-7
Sept. 7at BYUL, 40-21
Sept. 14MississippiL, 44-23
Sept. 21Kansas State7 p.m.
Oct. 3at Iowa State6:30 p.m.
Oct. 12vs. Oklahoma (at Dallas)TBA
Oct. 26at TCUTBA
Nov. 2Kansas2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9at West VirginiaTBA
Nov. 16Oklahoma StateTBA
Nov. 28Texas Tech6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7at BaylorTBA

K-STATE OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR16Tyler Lockett5-11175Jr.
WR14Curry Sexton5-11183Jr.
LT78Cornelius Lucas6-9328Sr.
LG55Cody Whitehair6-4309So.
C66B.J. Finney6-4303Jr.
RG79Keenan Taylor6-4290Sr.
RT73Tavon Rooks6-5280Sr.
TE85Zach Trujillo6-5256Jr.
QB15Jake Waters6-1210Jr.
FB48Glenn Gronkowski6-3234Fr.
RB33John Hubert5-7191Sr.
K3Jack Cantele6-0193So.

K-STATE DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE44Ryan Mueller6-2245Jr.
DT98Chaquil Reed6-3309Sr.
DT95Travis Britz6-4293So.
DE45Marquel Bryant6-3241So.
LB50Tre Walker6-3225Sr.
LB53Blake Slaughter5-10227Sr.
LB21Jonathan Truman5-11219Jr.
CB4Dorrian Roberts5-10168Sr.
SS22Dante Barnett6-1186So.
FS12Ty Zimmerman6-1204Sr.
CB15Randall Evans6-0190Jr.
P38Mark Krause5-11218Sr.

TEXAS OFFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR8Jason Shipley6-1195Jr.
WR2Kendall Sanders6-0187So.
LT51Donald Hawkins6-5310Sr.
LG75Trey Hopkins6-4300Sr.
C55Dominic Espinosa6-4305Jr.
RG72Mason Walters6-6320Sr.
RT77Kennedy Estelle6-7290So.
TE82Geoff Swaim6-4252Jr.
WR1Mike Davis6-2195Sr.
QB6Case McCoy6-2200Sr.
RB32Johnathan Gray5-11208So.
K4Anthony Fera6-2208Sr.

TEXAS DEFENSE

P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE88Cedric Reed6-6258Jr.
NT90Malcom Brown6-4305So.
DT96Chris Whaley6-3295Sr.
DE77Jackson Jeffcoat6-5250Sr.
LB19Peter Jinkens6-1218So.
LB55Dalton Santos6-3240So.
LB3Jordan Hicks6-2238Jr.
CB21Duke Thomas5-11176So.
SS17Adrian Phillips5-11210Sr.
FS5Josh Turner6-0180Jr.
CB23Carrington Byndom6-0180Sr.
P4Anthony Fera6-2208Sr.

Kellis Robinett’s pick: K-State 38-35

This game is as close to a toss-up as they come. The only thing that seems certain is that lots of points will be scored. Texas will benefit from playing at home in a must-win situation, but it’s hard to pick against K-State in this series.

| Kellis Robinett, krobinett@kcstar.com

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