Will this finally be the week that Texas ends the losing streak? Or will they continue their horrendous downward spiral and drop their fifth consecutive game?
It seems that if any Texas team were to lose to Kansas, this may be the one to do so. Steve Sarkisian and his staff have their hands full in taking this program to the next level, and all that’s left for this season is to make a bowl game.
There are a few unknowns going into this game whether it be the quarterback situation, key injuries that appear to be game-time decisions, or whether the defense can actually make adjustments.
The Longhorns should easily win this matchup as they’re favored by 30 points. Kansas has no business beating them. However, if Texas for some reason overlooks them, and is thinking about how bad of a team Kansas is, they will have a similar matchup as Oklahoma-Kansas. That would be the worst case scenario, as Texas isn’t good enough to win a game like that right now.
With the season on the line, and a handful of top recruits in attendance for the game, Texas badly needs this win. Here are four bold predictions that the Longhorns are hoping come true on Saturday.
Defense will force two turnovers
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Kansas may be the one team that Texas can generate pressure on, while also forcing their hand. Jason Bean has to do a lot in order for Kansas to win if he plays, and the Jayhawks are in even worse position if he doesn’t. Whether the turnovers come from Texas’ defense forcing the issue, or someone else making a mistake, it is very likely that the Longhorns grab a couple in this one. Hopefully for Texas, at least one of them comes in the second half so they can actually have something positive happen.
Texas will rush for at least 300 yards
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It’s hard to find a worse run defense than the one Texas has, but look no further as Kansas is just that. The Jayhawks are giving up a whopping 250-yards rushing per game, and with Texas struggling so much at the quarterback position, I expect a steady diet of running the ball all game. Bijan Robinson needs a bounce back game (if he plays), as Baylor and Iowa State were both able to contain him, but this will likely also give the backups a chance to finally run free.
Texas scores at least two touchdowns in the second half
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In this dreadful string of losses, it seems as soon halftime hits the Longhorns offense disappears for the rest of the game. While it won’t mean much for Texas to score a lot against Kansas, the timing of the scores mean everything. They need to exorcise these second half demons, and this weekend provides them a great chance to do so.
Texas' defense gives up less than 150 yards rushing
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While Kansas doesn’t have a prolific run game by any means, the Texas run defense has been an atrocity as of late. This game would be a good time for the staff to rotate in younger guys, while also play extremely aggressive to the point that the defense can build some momentum for the final two weeks. If Kansas rushes for over 200-yards, this defense is likely one of the worst units for Texas in the past decade.