When/where: 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium
TV/radio: Time Warner Cable SportsChannel; KCSP (610 AM)
The series: Texas leads series 10-2
The line: Texas by 28
Whats at stake
Kansas can avenge one of the most heartbreaking losses of Charlie Weis first season. Last season, KU took a 14-7 lead over Texas into the fourth quarter and pulled ahead 17-14 with 2:28 left. But Texas backup quarterback Case McCoy led a last-minute scoring drive, and KU lost out on a signature upset.
KU can shake off last weeks beating against Baylor. The Jayhawks have played competitive football this season at least for stretches but last weeks 59-14 loss against Baylor was an ugly one. Can KU stay confident heading into Royal-Memorial Stadium?
The Jayhawks cant stay competitive for a half. After four straight losses, Weis is beginning to grasp for positives. Earlier this week, he pointed to KUs ability to be in games in the fourth quarter. Even if they cant win at Texas, the Jayhawks need to start the seasons final month with a respectable performance.
Three things about Texas
1 Quarterback Case McCoy, the younger brother of Texas legend Colt McCoy, has replaced an injured David Ash and led Texas to a 3-1 record as a starter this year. He was nine for 19 passing for 228 yards in a win over TCU last week.
2 The Longhorns are a perfect 10-0 against KU in Big 12 play, outscoring the Jayhawks by an average of 43.6 to 14.5 during those games.
3 Despite a four-game winning streak, Texas coach Mack Brown is 27-18 since the beginning of the 2010 season.
Kansas rushing attack against Texas defense: KU probably needs to score at least 20 points to have a chance at an upset. And the Texas defense has improved since former Chiefs defensive coordinator Greg Robinson took over for Manny Diaz on Sept. 8. To move the ball, the Jayhawks need to be strong up front.
KANSAS (2-5, 0-4 Big 12)
|Sept. 7||South Dakota||W, 31-14|
|Sept. 14||at Rice||L, 23-14|
|Sept. 21||Louisiana Tech||W, 13-10|
|Oct. 5||Texas Tech||L, 54-16|
|Oct. 12||at TCU||L, 27-17|
|Oct. 19||Oklahoma||L, 34-19|
|Oct. 26||Baylor||L, 59-14|
|Saturday||at Texas||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at Oklahoma State||3 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 23||at Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 30||Kansas State||TBA|
TEXAS (5-2, 4-0 Big 12)
|Aug. 31||New Mexico State||W, 56-7|
|Sept. 7||at BYU||L, 40-21|
|Sept. 14||Mississippi||L, 44-23|
|Sept. 21||Kansas State||W, 31-21|
|Oct. 3||at Iowa State||W, 31-30|
|Oct. 12||vs. Oklahoma (at Dallas)||W, 36-20|
|Oct. 26||at TCU||W, 30-7|
|Nov. 9||at West Virginia||6 p.m.|
|Nov. 16||Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 28||Texas Tech||6:30 p.m.|
Rustin Dodds pick: Texas 30-17
After last years near upset, Kansas players believe they can hang with Texas. Still, the Jayhawks havent won on the road in years 21 straight games to be exact and the streak cant be expected to end in Austin.
Rustin Dodd, email@example.com