The rough season continues for Kansas (0-8) as it tries to find something positive after getting blown out in game after game. Texas (3-5) needs to get on a roll in a hurry after a stunningly miserable loss to Iowa State last week. Check out the Kansas vs. Texas game preview and prediction.
Kansas vs. Texas Game Preview
Date: Saturday, Nov. 7
Game Time: 8:00 pm
Venue: Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin, TX
Network: Longhorn Network
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Why You Need To Care
Is there any chance Kansas can catch lightning in a bottle and put together something special for one big performance? It’s been ugly with double-digit losses in every game after the opener against South Dakota State. The offense scored 20 points in a loss to Texas Tech a few weeks ago, and that was an explosion for this group. With after next week’s date at TCU, the last two games are at home against West Virginia and Kansas State – now it’s time to see if it’s possible to start coming up with something positive.
Texas has to win three of its last four games to go bowling, but it has to go on the road to face West Virginia and Baylor and hosts Texas Tech at home. It’s not going to be easy, but if the offense can pick it back up after getting shut down cold by Iowa State, it’s possible to go on a run. First, the Kansas game has to be a light scrimmage.
Why Kansas Will Win
So what did Iowa State do last week to turn Texas into offensive pudding? It stopped the ground game from ever getting going – it got into the backfield and never let anyone get room or time to move – and it stopped any pass play dead in its tracks. Kansas doesn’t have that ability, but Texas also did a good job of stopping itself last week with several missed opportunities. If the Jayhawks can somehow get up early and make the Longhorns panic a bit, this might be more interesting than it’s supposed to be.
Why Texas Will Win
The Texas offense might have issues and might be inconsistent, but Kansas can’t score. The Jayhawks scored more than 14 points just once in the last six games, struggling to get any part of the passing game down the field and not getting anything out of the running game. Texas doesn’t have an explosive attack and isn’t going to hang 50 on the board, but if it can come up with points on its first two drives, it might be over.
Player Who Matters
Tyrone Swoopes has taken on an interesting role. Jerrod Heard is the star in the making with the electricity and upside to build the offense around, but Swoopes has turned into a nice change-up runner from time to time, scoring three times against Kansas State and running for over five yards per carry. He couldn’t get things moving against Iowa State, completing 6-of-13 passes for 59 yards, but he’ll get more chances this week. The hope for Texas is that he’s in as a garbage-time option and not to save the day.
What’s Going To Happen?
Texas will get over the Iowa State loss in a big hurry. It’ll come out with a great first quarter and let the defense control the game from there.
Kansas vs. Texas Prediction
Final Score: Texas 41, Kansas 10, Line: Texas -28.5, o/u: 54
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