The No. 7 Texas Longhorns continue their attempt to prove themselves worthy of not just a berth in the Big 12 Championship game, but a spot in the College Football Playoff.
Standing in their way is the high-powered offense of the No. 23 Kansas State Wildcats, who have recovered from a slow start and are coming off of two dominant performances as they head to Austin. A two-quarterback system is getting the job done for them, with Will Howard and Avery Johnson splitting time and keeping the offense on pace and moving forward. They dominated the Houston Cougars 41-0 and come to Austin with hopes of avenging last year’s loss at the hands of the Longhorns.
Texas will once again be without quarterback Quinn Ewers, with Maalik Murphy taking the helm once again after a slow start a week ago. Once he found his rhythm, and Texas had a comfortable lead, he settled in and operated the offense well, with a big help from the running backs and special teams.
- Watch: Steve Sarkisian addresses the media ahead of Kansas State
- Kansas State Roundtable: Can Jonathon Brooks reach the Mt. Rushmore of Texas RBs?
As the resident Jonathon Brooks stan it pains me to say no, but that’s not a slight at Jonathon Brooks. One of the biggest questions going into the year for Texas is how to replace Bijan and Roschon and at this point in the year, Brooks is outpacing what Bijan did a year ago. Brooks absolutely deserves to be named among the incredible backs that have come through RBU and I always have trouble deciding who my No. 4 is – alongside Earl, Ricky, and Ced – but I can’t see putting him above guys like Bijan, D’Onta, Jamaal, Gilbert, or Leaks. At least not yet. If he comes back another year and does it again, we can have the conversation.
- No. 7 Texas vs. No. 23 Kansas State advanced stats preview
- No. 7 Texas will need ‘toughness’ to knock off No. 23 Kansas State
- No. 7 Texas vs. No. 23 Kansas State preview: Wildcats present physical challenge to Longhorns on both sides of the ball
As Kansas State hopes to keep their Big 12 title hopes alive, and Texas hopes to remain in the CFP discussion, this game will have serious implications for both teams moving forward. If the Wildcats wish to snap the six-game losing streak they currently hold against the Longhorns, their physicality and running game will be the answer.
- The Longhorns showcased their improved culture against the Cougars, but have to do so again on Saturday
- Senior CB Ryan Watts (hamstring)— probable
- Senior S Jalen Catalon (leg) — week-to-week
- Senior LB Jett Bush (knee) — available
- Senior DT Alfred Collins (undisclosed)— available
- Junior QB Quinn Ewers (shoulder) — week-to-week
- Sophomore DE Ethan Burke (knee) — week-to-week
- Sophomore OL Cole Hutson (knee) — available
How to watch:
Time: 11:00 a.m. Central
Radio: Texassports.com. Broadcasts are also available on Sirius 132, XM 199, and App Ch. 953
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 81 degrees, wind SSE 7 mph, 24-percent chance of rain
*Odds/lines are subject to change. T&Cs apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for details.