Kansas-Texas football preview

10/31/2013 8:55 PM

10/31/2013 8:55 PM

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

What’s 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.

Cheers if

KU can shake off last week’s beating against Baylor. The Jayhawks have played competitive football this season — at least for stretches — but last week’s 59-14 loss against Baylor was an ugly one. Can KU stay confident heading into Royal-Memorial Stadium?

Jeers if

The Jayhawks can’t stay competitive for a half. After four straight losses, Weis is beginning to grasp for positives. Earlier this week, he pointed to KU’s ability to be in games in the fourth quarter. Even if they can’t win at Texas, the Jayhawks need to start the season’s 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.

Key matchup

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)
Date Opponent Result/time
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)
Date Opponent Result/time
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
Saturday Kansas 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 9 at West Virginia 6 p.m.
Nov. 16 Oklahoma State TBA
Nov. 28 Texas Tech 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 7 Baylor TBA

KANSAS OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 19 Tre’ Parmalee 5-10 175 So.
LT 61 Pat Lewandowski 6-5 295 Jr.
LG 63 Ngalu Fusimalohi 6-2 310 Jr.
C 70 Gavin Howard 6-4 300 Sr.
RG 65 Mike Smithburg 6-3 300 Jr.
RT 77 Aslam Sterling 6-5 315 Sr.
TE 41 Jimmay Mundine 6-2 240 Jr.
WR 25 Brandon Bourbon 6-1 225 Jr.
WR 1 Rodriguez Coleman 6-3 195 Jr.
QB 9 Jake Heaps 6-1 210 Jr.
RB 29 James Sims 6-0 200 Sr.
K 28 Matthew Wyman 6-1 200 So.

KANSAS DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 90 Kevin Young 6-3 287 Sr.
NT 98 Keon Stowers 6-3 297 Jr.
DE 96 Keba Agostinho 6-2 277 Sr.
LB 93 Ben Goodman 6-0 245 So.
LB 31 Ben Heeney 6-2 230 Jr.
LB 57 Jake Love 6-0 220 So.
NB 27 Victor Simmons 6-1 220 Jr.
CB 24 JaCorey Shepherd 5-11 190 Jr.
FS 33 Cassius Sendish 6-0 195 Jr.
SS 5 Isaiah Johnson 6-1 210 So.
CB 12 Dexter McDonald 6-1 200 Jr.
P 1 Trevor Pardula 6-5 212 Jr.

TEXAS OFFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
WR 8 Jaxon Shipley 6-1 195 Jr.
LT 51 Donald Hawkins 6-5 310 Sr.
LG 75 Trey Hopkins 6-4 300 Sr.
C 55 Dominic Espinosa 6-4 305 Jr.
RG 72 Mason Walters 6-6 320 Sr.
RT 77 Kennedy Estelle 6-7 320 So.
TE 4 Geoff Swaim 6-4 252 Jr.
WR 2 Kendall Sanders 6-0 187 So.
WR 1 Mike Davis 6-2 195 Sr.
QB 6 Case McCoy 6-2 200 Sr.
RB 32 Johnathan Gray 5-11 208 So.
K 4 Anthony Fera 6-2 208 Sr.

TEXAS DEFENSE
P No. Player Ht. Wt. Yr.
DE 88 Cedric Reed 6-6 258 Jr.
DT 90 Malcom Brown 6-4 305 So.
DT 96 Chris Whaley 6-3 295 Sr.
DE 44 Jackson Jeffcoat 6-5 250 Sr.
LB 19 Peter Jinkens 6-1 218 So.
LB 55 Dalton Santos 6-2 235 So.
LB 33 Steven Edmond 6-3 245 Jr.
CB 6 Quandre Diggs 5-10 200 Jr.
FS 2 Mykkele Thompson 6-2 186 Jr.
SS 17 Adrian Phillips 5-11 210 Sr.
CB 23 Carrington Byndom 6-0 180 Sr.
P 4 Anthony Fera 6-2 208 Sr.
Rustin Dodd’s pick: Texas 30-17

After last year’s near upset, Kansas’ players believe they can hang with Texas. Still, the Jayhawks haven’t won on the road in years — 21 straight games to be exact — and the streak can’t be expected to end in Austin.

Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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