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Texas vs. Kansas: Preview and Prediction

NCAA Football: Texas at Kansas

Here is everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 game in our Kansas vs. Texas preview and prediction. 

Game Info

6:00 p.m. Central Time, Saturday October 19th, 2019, Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, Texas. 

TV: Longhorn Network

Kansas Radio: Jayhawk Radio Network

Texas Radio:  Longhorn Radio Network

Spread: Texas (-22)

Kansas Fun Fact: Last time Kansas won a conference game on the road? 2008 at Jack Trice against the Cyclones. It’s been a while. 

Texas Fun Fact:  Since 2000, Texas has a 13-1 record against the Jayhawks. Of course, that lone loss came back in 2016 that cost then head coach Charlie Strong his job basically. 

 

Key Players

Kansas 

QB Carter Stanley

Going off his numbers alone, Carter is by far having his best season as a Jayhawk. He is completing 65% of his passes and has thrown for 12 touchdowns on 4 picks. The only problem is that he doesn’t make very many big plays in the passing game. Sure, he can move around in the pocket a bit and grab a first down from time to time with his legs, but he isn’t someone I would call a polished passer. The Jayhawks haven’t asked him to do a whole bunch and even if the run game gets going for Kansas, he still will need to make some big time plays with his arm if his teams wants to pull off the upset in Austin. 

LB Dru Prox

Dru is one of the leaders of this Jayhawks defense. In fact, he is second on the team in tackles and has 2 sacks on the season so far. Going up against this physical Texas ground game, Dru is going to have to be everywhere for this defense and that includes being prepared for Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger. 

Texas

Offensive Line

While left tackle Samuel Cosmi talked some smack last week about the Oklahoma defensive line, I think it is time to start backing it up because last weekend this line gave up a total of nine sacks. Now granted, Cosmi is the least of Texas worries when it comes to the offensive line but the right side of the line including the center (Zach Shackelford, Junior Angilau and Derek Kerstetter) needs to improve. They had a bad game against the Sooners and it really showed up when I watched the game. They weren’t all that great against West Virginia the week before and I think now is the time where this offensive line starts playing up to their capabilities. It’s time to put up or shut up and it starts now. 

The Defensive Line

Kansas is probably going to run the football in this game a lot and that is no secret. So, Ta’Quon Graham, Malcom Roach and Keondre Coburn are going to be responsible for clogging up those running lanes. Keep in mind that Roach will sit out the first half of this game so it’s likely that Marqez Bimage will see plenty of action in the first half. Just like the offensive line, this unit didn’t have a great performance last weekend against the Sooners. That must change this weekend. 

 

Key Storylines

Kansas

New offensive coordinator Brent Dearmon will have his work cut out for him. Before the bye week, Kansas decided to part ways with former OC Les Koenning and promote offensive consultant Brent Dearmon who is one of the bright up and comers in college football. Dearmon has a good track record with offenses as his last stop was at Bethel where his offense led the NAIA in yards and scoring averaging 55 points and 540 yards per game. It will be interesting to see what he will install for this game. Does he try and run a bunch and control the clock? Or will he test this banged up Texas secondary that already is dead last in the conference in pass defense? Defensively, it will be all about stopping the run at all costs. You cannot let Texas and Sam Ehlinger control this game on the ground at home. Make Texas throw the football and force them to beat you outside. 

Texas

The game plan should be simple on both side of the ball here. On offense, I expect Texas to attack heavily using their run game and it starts up front. The Jayhawks have the worst rushing defense by far in the conference as they are giving up over 220 yards per game. Texas must take advantage of that and control the game. Defensively, the Longhorns need to contain running back Pooka Williams Jr. He is the engine for the Kansas offense and if you shut him down then you force Carter Stanley to beat you with his arm. Even with a banged up secondary, Texas should still like their matchups on the outside. 

Prediction

Texas: 38 Kansas: 20

I think Texas will have their way with the Jayhawks on the ground and have a big bounce back game on offense. The Longhorns should have no issue rushing for over 200 yards on the ground and controlling this game from start to finish. Kansas will make a nice play here and to make things a little interesting, but I have a hard time seeing the Jayhawks make enough stops on defense to make this a really close game on the road.

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