The Longhorns are looking to get back on track this weekend, as they take on the Jayhawks and new head coach Les Miles. After a sloppy loss against Oklahoma, Texas head coach Tom Herman mentioned that his team went back to the basics this week in order to simplify things. Texas currently sits as 21.5-point favorites over Kansas, but it’s possible the team could come out slow for the third week in a row. Here’s how the HornSports staff envisions the outcome of Saturday’s matchup:
Texas has never lost to Kansas in Austin and they won’t tomorrow. This game provides an opportunity for the Longhorns to get things back on track on both sides of the ball. Kansas has the potential to move the ball on offense and Todd Orlando’s defense will be expected to curb big plays and make tackles. On offense, Roschon Johnson will have another big day, if given the opportunity to carry the load. A resounding win on Saturday to last week’s loss is paramount for getting the team back on track mentally and physically for the rest of the season. Texas gets it done in big fashion and improves to 5-2 on the season.
Prediction: Texas 45, Kansas 17
Although the Jayhawks will still end the season at the bottom of the Big 12 when you look at the standings, Les Miles has shown some signs in his first year that he will eventually get things turned around in Lawrence. The biggest thing holding back Kansas right now is their inability to stop the run. The Texas offensive line was embarrassed last week, but they will now get an opportunity to get things corrected in a game where there is really no excuse to not have a 100-yard rusher. Defensively, Texas just needs to gain some confidence. The Jayhawks will be breaking in a new offensive coordinator, so Todd Orlando will have to spend much of the game adjusting on the fly.
Prediction: Texas 42, Kansas 21
The Texas season has taken a turn, but not all hope is lost for a productive year and an improvement from last season. That drive to be better has been echoed from Herman about the team this week as the team is still in high spirits following an early second loss of the season. That being said, the Kansas game is a great opportunity to find what Texas football is and what it will be for the rest of the season. It’s important for the Texas defense to limit the attack of Pooka Williams Jr. on defense and for Ehlinger to play well against an above-average secondary. Give me Texas in a blowout as they get back to what we all need them to be for the rest of the year.
Prediction: Texas 56 Kansas 17
Kansas’ trip to Austin comes at an ideal time after an extremely underwhelming performance against Oklahoma. To put it plainly, Kansas is still bad on both sides of the ball. Texas’ offense, specifically the offensive line, should be able to find their groove again on their home turf, and the defense has a chance to build some confidence after suffering even more injuries. However, Kansas is breaking in an new offensive coordinator, RB Pooka Williams averages over 100 yards per game and QB Carter Stanley is capable of using his legs even if his statistics don’t reflect as much. Games like this can be dangerous because anything other than a strong performance will raise questions about future match-ups. I won’t be surprised if this gets a little uncomfortable at times with a lack of energy from the crowd, but I like Texas to put it away in the second half.
Prediction: Texas 42, Kansas 24
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