The Longhorns welcome the Wildcats into Austin for a must-win game.
For the second year in a row, a pair of disappointing conference losses puts the Texas Longhorns in a position where they need to win out in order to find their way into the Big 12 Championship game. To start that trend, they must do something they’ve never done in the history of the program, beat the No. 20 Kansas State Wildcats for the third consecutive year.
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been the heart and soul of the offense, but struggled against Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs defense the last time out. The defense continues to struggle, but is getting key pieces back from injury on Saturday.
- In spite of the struggles, with players returning from injury defensive coordinator Todd Orlando is not changing the scheme.
When you have experience and you have guys that really understand the package, you go out there and they make stuff right,” Orlando said. “Really, at the end of the day, you can take a guy like Caden [Sterns], he’s a good example of a guy who can make other guys better around him — a handful of guys better around him.”
- Our friends at Bring on the Cats say confidence is key as Skylar Thompson develops.
- With the recent struggles and Texas’ struggles defensively, the Longhorn Republic is worried about the Kansas State game.
- The Kansas State offense is finding its stride in their new offensive system.
Ask some Wildcats fans and they’ll tell you they’ve questioned the offensive coordinator hire from the start. Meanwhile others have pointed to execution on the field as part of the issue so far. Either way, the recent three-game streak has come with a 48-point day against the Sooners and a 38-point day against the Jayhawks.
- Sophomore WR Joshua Moore (suspension) — out
- Freshman OL Reese Moore (knee) — out
- Junior DB Josh Thompson (foot) — out
- Junior DB Chris Brown (arm) — out
- Senior LB Jeffrey McCulloch (shoulder) — game-time decision
- Sophomore DB DeMarvion Overshown (back) — game-time decision
- Freshman RB Jordan Whittington (groin) — game-time decision
How to Watch:
Time: 2:30 p.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Online Streaming: WatchESPN
Odds: Texas -7
Weather: High of 64 degrees and sunny
Source: Burnt Orange Nation