Date/Time: September 21st, 8:00 ET
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Point Spread: Texas -6
The time is going to come that Head Coach Mack Brown is going to end up being booted out the door for the Texas Longhorns. There is no doubt that this has been a very disappointing season at this point, but it’s not nearly over with yet. There’s a chance at redemption when the Kansas State Wildcats come to Austin this week.
It’s clear that last season was the year for Kansas State to be relevant. The team just isn’t going to be the same this year, and there is a real chance that there might not even be a bowl game in the future for the Wildcats. They are 2-1, but that one was an ugly loss to North Dakota State, and it is one that isn’t going to be forgotten easily. In fact, that game against NDSU was the only time this year that the team was laying less than a bakers’ dozen points in a game on the campaign, and yet you can tell right now where it sits in the eyes of the oddsmakers as six-point pups in this one. QB Jake Waters is trying to take over, but he can’t do this by himself. He has thrown for 673 yards and five TDs in three games, but he has also been picked off five times. RB John Hubert and RB Daniel Sams are doing the heavy lifting, combining for 354 yards and five trips to the end zone, but they aren’t the same without QB Collin Klein being there.
And then there are the Longhorns, who have lost back to back games by conceding 40 and 44 points, and the Mississippi Rebels and the BYU Cougars combined to rush for nearly 1,000 yards in those two games. Yikes. What was supposed to be a much improved defense from last season to this season has turned out to be anything but, and as we said in the opening statement, it is only a matter of time until Brown is fired. Perhaps losing this game would be the final straw? We will say this, though. None of these losses have come in the Big XII, and nothing heals the woes of losing like conference victories and perhaps a spot in the BCS. QB David Ash is practicing again, and he is hoping to get back in this game. Ash has thrown for 594 yards and six scores thus far on the season, and he is the team’s second leading rusher for 125 yards and a TD as well.
The shame here is that Texas really can run the football. The team is averaging over five yards per carry this year, and it can put some points up against anyone in the land. That defense though, is so very bad. The Wildcats might be able to pull this one off, but it’s going to take a heck of an effort to get the job done.
Kansas State Wildcats vs. Texas Longhorns Pick: Kansas State Wildcats +6
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