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Open Game Day Thread: Kansas State at Texas

Game 5: Kansas State at #7 Texas

Kansas State Wildcats (3-1) at Texas Longhorns (4-0)

Saturday, September 29, 2007 · 2:30 p.m. CT

Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium (85,123) · Austin, TX

Television: ABC

Radio: 98.1 FM / 1300 AM (Austin)

The Longhorns return to the field this Saturday after a 4-0 non-conference slate. They weren't all the prettiest wins, but wins they were. More importantly, Texas looked like it made progress in its last win over Rice. That's the hope, anyway.

Let's  quickly run down the big things to watch for today:

1. Linebacker rotation: Unfortunately, Kindle's out, but we need Muckelroy and Norton to play early and often. The coaches have danced around the question of how much they'll be used, but we need it to be generous. Both players make our defense dramatically better.

2. Chiles/McGee: I don't think there's any question that both will play, but it remains to be seen in what capacity. I know the coaches don't want to overwhelm Chiles, but there's only one way to find out if he can be a contributor for this team during conference play. As for McGee? He just needs to be used. Give him 10 legitimate touches today.

3. Make KSU work. The Wildcats sputter on offense without the aid of big plays. They'll be taking their shots deep, so we'll need our safeties taking care of business with pass coverage. That, of course, gets back to point #1. If the safeties are busy making up for lousy linebacking play, the coverage will suffer.

KSU-Texas Breakdown

Texas Fight