The Texas Longhorns (4-5, 3-3) will face the Kansas Jayhawks (1-8, 0-6) on Saturday at Darrell K. Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. After losing to Kansas in OT last season, something that hadn’t happened in 78 years, the loss is still fresh in the minds of Texas players. Head coach Tom Herman named Shane Buechele as the starting quarterback for tomorrow’s game, with true freshman Sam Ehlinger being cleared from injury to play should the need arise.
Will the Longhorns redeem themselves for the loss in Lawrence last season?
The HornSports Staff predict the outcome of Saturday’s game.
Last year’s KU matchup seems like a bad reoccurring dream and the Longhorns no doubt want to put that disaster behind them with a solid beatdown of the Jayhawks on Saturday.
We can cut right through all of the other stuff. Kansas isn’t a good football team and they just lost convincingly to Baylor who hadn’t won a game prior to last week’s matchup. Texas should win this game by multiple scores, but as we learned last year nothing is a given.
I expect the Texas defense to do their part and make life hard on a Kansas offense that hasn’t been very good this year. The Texas offense however will need to get into a groove early if they want a shot a covering the spread.
I’m taking Texas to make things right in 2017 after the 2016 debacle.
Score Prediction: Texas 35, Kansas 7
I’ll skip the unpleasantries related to last year’s historic loss in Lawrence and get right to it. Texas wins this game and wins big. Kansas won their season opener against Southeast Missouri State and has lost eight-straight since then, including a 38-9 loss against then-winless Baylor last weekend. Todd Orlando’s defense will have a field day against David Beaty’s offense. Texas needs to focus on limiting mistakes and playing smart football, as they need to win two of their last three to become bowl eligible.
Kansas gives up approximately 180 yards rushing per game and Texas averages 137 yards per game. It will be interesting to see if the ground game can find success against a mediocre rushing defense. Central Michigan threw for 467 yards against the Jayhawk secondary and I look for Shane Buechele to have a big day through the air.
The Longhorns redeem themselves and move to 5-5 on the season with Texas Tech and West Virginia remaining.
Score Prediction: Texas 42, Kansas 10
This is a game that shouldn’t be close. Texas is far and away the better the team. Personally, I was a believer in David Beaty and what he was doing with the Kansas program, but they have taken a huge step backwards this year.
I am slightly concerned with how the Texas offensive line will handle a Kansas defensive line that has some good players. On defense, Texas should be able to dominate the Kansas offense from the opening whistle.
It may take a few quarters, but I think Texas ends up winning the game comfortably.
Score Prediction: Texas 31, Kansas 3
Kansas beat the Longhorns for the first time since the Great Depression last season, and you best believe the Longhorns won’t let this happen again. Texas needs to establish a strong rushing game early against a Kansas defense that allows an average of 180 yards on the ground per game. Texas RB Toneil Carter is cleared to play, and will have to be a difference-maker, for the Longhorns have struggled rushing the ball thus far with a makeshift offensive line. QB Shane Buechele will start versus the Jayhawks and will seek redemption from last season (Buechele was the starter in the loss versus the Jayhawks last year). The Jayhawks will be no match for the Longhorns, who will win 41-13 and inch one win closer to bowl eligibility.
Score Prediction: Texas 41 , Kansas 13