The No. 20 Texas Longhorns will kick off at 3 p.m. Central on ESPN 2 on Saturday in Lawrence against the Kansas Jayhawks, the conference announced on Wednesday. The game was previously scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Central on ESPNU.
Originally scheduled for Nov. 21, the game was initially postponed because the Jayhawks could not meet the Big 12 minimum requirements at a position group. Now the Longhorns are dealing with COVID-19 issues following last Saturday’s game against the Wildcats in Manhattan — Texas paused all team activities for three days after three players and two staffers tested positive. Since then five more players have reportedly tested positive.
On Wednesday, the Longhorns did resume limited outdoor activities with appropriate precautions, but whether the schools will have to push the game back to Dec. 19 remains unclear.
Kansas is 0-9 this season, the second year under head coach Les Miles, who is now 3-17 with the Jayhawks. Last weekend, however, the team turned in perhaps its best performance of the season in a 16-13 loss to Texas Tech. Kansas currently ranks No. 123 out of 127 in ESPN’s SP+ rankings.
Texas leads the all-time series 16-3, including three straight wins under head coach Tom Herman, but have escaped with narrow victories in each of the last two seasons, including a 24-17 win in Lawrence in 2018.
The Horns are favored by 30 points, according to Bovada.