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Texas is a 9.5-point favorite over Kansas State

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NCAA Football: Kansas State at Texas Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns will kick off against the Kansas State Wildcats at 11 a.m. Central on FOX next Saturday, the conference announced on Sunday, as the Horns try to bounce back from the disappointment of Saturday’s three-point loss to the Iowa State Cyclones in Austin.

Despite opt outs from starting left tackle Sam Cosmi and starting safety Caden Sterns, Texas is a 9.5-point favorite over Kansas State, according to odds via SBD.

At 5-3, the Longhorns are now longer a Big 12 title contender with that Iowa State loss. Now head coach Tom Herman’s job in jeopardy.

Kansas State is reeling even more than Texas — after starting conference play with an upset victory over the Sooners and four consecutive wins, the Wildcats have lost four straight games as the team lost starting quarterback Skylar Thompson. Two weeks ago, Kansas State was blown out by Iowa State, 45-0. On Saturday, Baylor staged a late-game comeback with thanks to three fourth-quarter scores. It was only the second conference win for the Bears this season.

The Longhorns have won the last three games in an all-time series that currently stands at 10-10. The last four games have all been decided by four points or fewer.