Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming Big 12 match-up in our Kansas State vs. Texas preview and prediction.
Friday, November 26, 2021; 11:00 am CT, Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium; Austin Texas
TV: FOX (Aaron Goldsmith, Mark Helfrich)
Radio: Texas: Longhorn IMG Radio Network (Craig Way, Roger Wallace) Kansas State: K-State Sports Network (Wyatt Thompson, Stan Weber)
Records: Kansas State 7-4 (4-4 Big 12); Texas 4-7 (2-6 Big 12)
Last Week: Baylor def. Kansas State 20-10; West Virginia def. Texas 31-23
Spread: -3.0 Texas
Fun Fact: The series between Kansas State and Texas is 10-11 in favor of the Longhorns; A win would even the series at 11 apiece.
Deuce Vaughn; No. 22, RB
Vaughn has been the focal point of the Kansas State offense all season long, and for good reason. The sophomore ranks eighth nationally in all-purpose yards (1,579 yards) and first in the Big 12. He looks like the reincarnation of Darren Sproles at Kansas State and if the Longhorns can’t get him to the ground on the first try, he could be the reason why Texas loses its seventh straight.
Felix Anudike-Uzomah; No. 91, DE
When someone talks about an X-Factor on the defensive line, they are talking about a guy like Aniduke-Uzomah. No. 91 for the Wildcats is tied for third nationally in sacks with 11 and is first in the country with six forced fumbles. Texas has struggled with protecting their quarterbacks on the edge this year and this looks like a mismatch waiting to happen. The Longhorns will surely try to double Aniduke-Uzomah as much as possible, but he will create havoc at some point. If he has his way on Friday, it will be a long day for the Texas Offense.
Xavier Worthy; No. 8, WR
Worthy now has 56 receptions for 916 yards and 12 touchdowns on the year, and I expect him to cross the 1,000 yard mark in this game. Worthy has been the most consistent weapon for Texas since the Oklahoma game and I don’t expect that to change on Saturday. If the Texas offensive line can give Casey Thompson enough time to get the ball in Worthy’s hands downfield then the Longhorns can find offensive success.
Demarvion Overshown; No. 0, LB
Texas’ leading tackler will be tasked with making sure Deuce doesn’t get loose, and what a tall task that is. Overshown has been hit-or-miss throughout the season but has shown up in some big moments for the Longhorns. In what could be the senior linebacker’s last game in burnt orange, No. 0 will have to control his emotions on Saturday and play sound football or Darren Sproles 2.0 will make him pay.
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Who will be at quarterback for the Wildcats? Kansas State is a much better team when Skylar Thompson is healthy, but we know that won’t be the case on Saturday based on what we saw last week. Thompson needed to be carted into the locker room and everyone thought that was the last we would see of Thompson in a K-State uniform. Now, head coach Chris Klieman says there is an “outside chance” that Thompson will be able to go this week. This could be a case of Klieman playing chess, and if it is then K-State could struggle to get the passing game going. I still think they can win this game without Thompson, but it would be a much steeper hill to climb.
Can the Longhorns pull together and close out their season with a win? The Texas psyche is shattered right now, and sometimes that is a hard thing to move past. This team has been broken since the second week in October and they have shown the tendency to give games away late. Can they look at this as a new week and focus on going 1-0? This is a great chance to get the monkey off of their back at home on senior day, but it will take a team effort to get past K-State.
PREDICTION: KANSAS STATE 27 TEXAS 21
I don’t know how much hotter Sark’s seat can get, but I have a feeling we will see shortly. Gameplanning to stop Deuce Vaughn is one thing, but doing it is another. The Wildcats have been pretty good at running the football this season and Texas has been as bad as there is in the country defending it. I think Deuce does enough to keep K-State in this one and gives Chris Klieman his second eight-win season in three years. The monkey remains on Texas’ back and the Longhorns finished the 2021 season 4-8.