Texas vs Kansas State: I don’t care what the line is in Vegas. I don’t care what K-State’s record is. All I know is that the Longhorns have been completely and utterly owned by the Wildcats in Manhattan. It’s been ugly. For this entire century. All that being said, I think Texas finally has some answers on offense and the defense is playing
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smart, sound football that stops the run which is typically the type that gives Bill Snyder-coached teams fits. Sam Ehlinger and the Texas O have some issues and the Texas D is tested physically against the run, particularly the QB run. But the Horns are the better team.
Texas’ sophomore quarterback played one of the best games of his career last week in the Longhorns’ 31-16 win over the TCU Horned Frogs, completing 22 of 32 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns. Ehlinger avoided the catastrophes that had plagued him in previous games, and he took full advantage of the mismatches created by wideouts Collin Johnson and Lil’Jordan Humphrey.
Kansas State’s change at quarterback puts a different spin on this matchup. Alex Delton is a rugged runner who brings a dimension to the offense that it lacked with Skylar Thompson at the wheel. Clearly, Bill Snyder thinks it’s best for the Wildcats to get back to their roots as a methodical, run-heavy team.
Because the preseason does not count towards standings, teams generally do not focus on winning games; instead, they are used by coaches to evaluate their teams and by players to show their performance, both to their current team and to other teams if they get
cut. The quality of preseason games has been criticized by some fans, who dislike having to pay full price for exhibition games, as well as by some players and coaches, who dislike the risk of injury the games have, while others have felt the preseason is a necessary part of the Ncaa season.
Moreover, if a ground-and-pound game plan keeps the ball away from the Texas offense, KSU should consider that a win. Texas is starting to find its footing on that side of the ball and has a demonstrable advantage over a Wildcats defense that isn’t generating enough stops.
KSU can shorten the game enough to stay within striking distance of UT in the second half. The Wildcats can’t win without a big special teams play or defensive score, though. The Longhorns have shown they’re not above making those kinds of backbreaking mistakes, but counting on them doing so is a different story.