Texas vs. Kansas fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, November 23
Game Time: 12:00 ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Lawrence, KS
Texas (8-3) vs. Kansas (3-8) Game Preview
One Reason Why Texas Will Win
Win, and play for the Big 12 title.
If Oklahoma beats West Virginia later in the day, then it’ll be Red River Showdown Part 2. If the Mountaineers pull it off, then the Longhorns get a shot at revenge over Will Grier and company.
But first, the Longhorns can’t come up with what would be the biggest gag of the college football season.
This shouldn’t be too hard, no matter who’s at quarterback. The Longhorns don’t turn the ball over, and Kansas – this season – have to generate several takeaways to have any sort of a shot.
The offense has been efficient and explosive, and the defense has been solid against the run, and all the team has to do is not screw this up. Kansas isn’t going to move the chains, it’s not going to push the ball deep, and it can’t stop good passing attacks from doing big things.
Again, it’s just this simple. Do … not … turn the ball over. Win the turnover battle, and it’s off to the conference championship.
One Reason Why Kansas Will Win
Will the team find an extra gear in the David Beaty Farewell Show?
The Les Miles era is about to kick in, but first, Beaty gets a shot to go out with a bang, and screw up Texas from doing something fun for the second time in three years – winning in 2016 and keeping the Longhorns from going bowling.
Will Sam Ehlinger be able to go for Texas, and will he be effective? His shoulder is bothering him, and he hasn’t been able to practice too much. Shane Beuchele is hardly a bad backup options, but Ehlinger is on a tear.
Offensively, can Kansas get the running game going like it did against Oklahoma? The Jayhawks were way too hard to knock out last week by the Sooners, battling hard in a 55-40 loss. They tore off 348 yards and four scores with big dash after big dash.
Next year under Miles, freshman RB Pooka Williams will probably be a factor, and after his 252-yard day against the Sooners, he needs the ball as much as possible.
This is where the bag gets emptied. At home, the offense should be fascinating.
What’s Going To Happen
Kansas will take its intensity to a whole other level. While that goes for just about everyone at this time of year, get ready for every trick, every wild call, and for Texas to get be hit with the kitchen sink.
But the Longhorns will survive.
They’ll get the passing game going no matter what’s happening at quarterback, and the defense will rise up against the mediocre Kansas passing game and the run D will be all over Williams.
It’ll be entertaining, and like Kansas, Texas will play with a different sort of focus and fire.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Texas 41, Kansas 20
Line: Texas -15, o/u: 49
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 2.5
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