7 p.m. Saturday at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin
ABC (Chs. 2, 9); WHB (810 AM)
K-State leads 8-5
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.
|Aug. 30||North Dakota State||L, 24-21|
|Sept. 7||Louisiana-Lafayette||W, 48-27|
|Sept. 14||Massachusetts||W, 37-7|
|Sept. 21||at Texas||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 5||at Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Oct. 26||West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 2||Iowa State||TBA|
|Nov. 9||at Texas Tech||TBA|
|Nov. 30||at Kansas||TBA|
TEXAS (1-2, 0-0 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||7 p.m.|
|Oct. 3||at Iowa State||6:30 p.m.|
|Oct. 12||vs. Oklahoma (at Dallas)||TBA|
|Oct. 26||at TCU||TBA|
|Nov. 2||Kansas||2:30 p.m.|
|Nov. 9||at West Virginia||TBA|
|Nov. 16||Oklahoma State||TBA|
|Nov. 28||Texas Tech||6:30 p.m.|
|Dec. 7||at Baylor||TBA|
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, firstname.lastname@example.org