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Kansas State vs. Texas: TV Info, Spread, Injury Updates, Game Time and More

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 01:  Offensive linesman Drew Liddle #61 of the Kansas State Wildcats dives for a loose ball as defensive back Duke Thomas #21 of the Texas Longhorns watches during the game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2013

The Kansas State Wildcats and Texas Longhorns took drastically different paths to this Big 12 showdown between familiar foes.

Kansas State has rolled to a 2-1 record while utilizing an effective read-option attack. The Wildcats enter the matchup with Texas completely owning Longhorns' head coach Mack Brown, who is 2-7 against Kansas State and has lost five in a row.

Texas not only has to worry about the historical implications of the matchup. Everything that could have gone wrong for the team this year has. The Longhorns enter the game at 1-2 and have allowed 1,128 yards to opposing offenses in its past two games (not a typo).

When the Wildcats and Longhorns meet under the bright lights in front of a national audience, the season will be on the line for both teams. Here are the critical things to know about the showdown in Austin.

 

When: Saturday, September 21 at 8 p.m. ET

Where:  Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX

Television: ABC

Live Stream: ESPN3

 

Betting Lines (via Vegas Insider)

  • Over/Under: 58 pts
  • Spread: Texas (-5.5)

 

Kansas State Injury Report (via USA Today)

Boston StiversonG09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against TexasQuestionablefoot

 

Texas Injury Report (via USA Today)

David AshQB09/16/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionablehead
Demarco CobbsLB09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableknee
Josh CochranOL09/16/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableshoulder
Greg DanielsTE09/19/2013will miss Saturday's game against Kansas StateOutshoulder
Mike DavisWR09/16/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableankle
Deoundrei DavisLB09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableknee
Ashton DorseyDT08/30/2013has decided to transferOutpersonal
Bryant JacksonWR09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionablefoot
Daje JohnsonRB09/16/2013will miss Saturday's game against Kansas StateOutankle
Miles OnyegbuleTE09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableleg
Kevin VaccaroS09/15/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableankle
Mason WaltersOL09/16/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableknee
Dalton SantosLB09/20/2013is questionable for Saturday's game against Kansas StateQuestionableLeg


 

Can Texas Stop the Read Option?

Sep 7, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Daniel Sams (4) tries to stay in bounds during a 48-27 win against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

In two victories this season, Kansas State has racked up 910 total yards running a read option with quarterbacks Jake Waters and Daniel Sams.

Waters handles things through air while Sams carries the football. Sams has tallied 140 yards on the ground in the past two games while Waters has added over 300 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

The Kansas State attack presents a serious issue for Texas. Two weeks ago, BYU torched the Longhorns defense with the read option, rushing for 550 yards, 259 of those from quarterback Taysom Hill. Ole Miss adopted the attack last week to score a 44-23 victory over Texas while rushing for 272 yards.

Now Texas is tasked with stopping a team sound in running the exact offense that has given the team fits. Either the Longhorns will fight through the injury bug and overcome the attack or falter yet again, dooming their season.

 

Prediction

Sep 7, 2013; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats quarterback Jake Waters (15) passes the ball during a 48-27 win against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports
Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

Not only does recent and long term history say Texas is in serious danger against the Wildcats, there's also a chance the Longhorns could be without starting quarterback David Ash, who has thrown for almost 600 yards, six touchdowns and just two interceptions this season.

The Texas defense has proven it will struggle against the run, while Kansas State has looked unstoppable outside of a hiccup in Week 1 versus D-II North Dakota State.

Outside of 56 points in Week 1, Texas has scored just 23 and 21 points in two contests this year. That's not good enough in an encounter with the Wildcats. Kansas State will have no issue controlling the tempo of the game and rolling right over the Longhorns' depleted and exposed defense.

 

Final Score 

Wildcats win 40-23

 

 

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