Texas vs. Kansas State Fearless Prediction & Game Preview
Check out the Texas vs. Kansas State fearless prediction and game preview.
Texas (2-2) vs. Kansas State (3-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Game Time: 7:00 pm ET
Venue: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
If we can all agree that Oklahoma and TCU are the Big 12’s stars of the moment, then Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Texas and Kansas State are in the bucket of teams that could and should be right there in the mix for a spot in the Big 12 Championship.
This isn’t an elimination game – it’s still early – but the loser of this will be in big, big trouble.
Texas passed a solid test last week in a better-than-you-might-think road win over a dangerous Iowa State team. The offense wasn’t scintillating, and it was a rocky run in the second half, but the defense continues to show massive improvements from the last few seasons.
Kansas State got through the Baylor layup, but it was a bit of a shaky outing. The O stalled for long stretches, the D gave up a few massive plays, and considering the time off the team had to prepare, it wasn’t a dominant performance.
A massive problem for the Longhorns lately, Kansas State is 7-2 in the series going back to 2003. the Wildcats also own the first win between the two with a 46-0 blasting in 1913. This is just the 18th ever meeting.
One Reason Why Kansas State Will Win
The lines are playing well.
Kansas State might not throw a whole bunch, but the line is keeping Jesse Ertz protected and defensive fronts out of the backfield. Since Texas doesn’t sell out or come up with a whole slew of tackles for loss, the Wildcats should have time to work.
It’s Kansas State, so there aren’t going to be a whole slew of mistakes. If the offense stalls at times like it has over the first few games, everything else has to click. The O has only turned it over three times, there aren’t too many penalties, and the special teams are strong.
One Reason Why Texas Will Win
For Kansas State to be Kansas State, it usually has to dominate the tempo and the third down plays, and it’s not really doing that.
The Wildcats are converting just 38% of their third down chances, and they’re only hanging on to the ball for 29:36 per game – the two tie together.
Texas is much, much better at controlling the pace of games. They’re just stats and numbers, but in this game it matters that the Longhorns led the Big 12 in third down defense and convert 47% of their offensive chances.
It all leads to control. Texas holds the ball for over 34 minutes a game. Considering Kansas State isn’t going to be all that explosive, the clock will make a huge difference.
What’s Going To Happen
Texas might not be all that sexy or spectacular, but there’s nothing ugly about getting wins over good teams.
The Longhorn offense will make the key plays to keep drives going, it’ll shorten the game, and the defense will load up against the run. After stopping Iowa State for ten yards on 15 carries, the Texas defensive front will load up on Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz and keep him and the O from going off.
The Wildcats will have to bomb away a bit to pull this off, and they won’t be good enough or consistent enough.
Texas vs. Kansas State Prediction
Texas 26, Kansas State 17
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