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  • No. 23 Longhorns claw their way to 38-27 victory over Baylor

    Photo: Scott Wachter - USA TODAY Sports
    On Black Friday, the Longhorns entered Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium with hopes that their Big 12 Championship dreams wouldn’t be thrown to the curbside. With a win against Baylor, the Longhorns would still be in play for a title game appearance, hinging on the Kansas Jayhawks pulling off an upset of the Kansas State Wildcats. After a slow start to Senior Day, the Longhorns, led by Bijan Robinson, put their foot on the gas pedal and kept their dreams alive with a 38-27 win over Baylor.
    Starting off Friday's contest, things got ugly for the Longhorns. In fact, Friday's scoring action kicked off when Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers was flagged for an intentional grounding penalty within his own end zone, resulting in a safety which gave Baylor a 2-0 first quarter lead. Moreover, later in the game, during the start of the fourth quarter, Bears safety Al Walcott forced a Ewers fumble which was recovered by defensive lineman Gabe Hall for a touchdown, giving the Bears a 27-24 lead.
    However, despite of the struggles in the passing game, Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson put the team on his back late in the game, rushing for a whopping 150 yards in the second half of action. In addition to Robinson's 179 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns on the night, fellow running back Roschon Johnson also added 77 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground as well.
    One thing is for certain, fans in attendance will be remembering Friday's Senior Day game for some time, as it was likely Robinson's last home game in the burnt orange thanks to his soaring NFL Draft stock. Furthermore, fans will certainly also miss Roschon Johnson, whose leadership and pure passion for the game will be greatly missed by the Longhorns next season.
    On the defensive side of the ball, Texas linebacker Jaylan Ford continues to be a turnover machine. This time, against Baylor, Ford intercepted quarterback Blake Shapen over the middle in the fourth quarter, allowing the Texas offense to take advantage of the opportunity with a touchdown drive that officially iced the game at 38-27.
    Following the game, Steve Sarkisian praised Jaylan Ford's performance and campaigned for the junior linebacker to be named the Big 12 Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.
    In addition to Ford's contributions, the Longhorns defense had a solid day as a whole, particularly against the run, allowing the Bears to only rush for 101 yards. And while the unit suffered a breakdown on Blake Shapen's 47-yard first quarter touchdown pass to wide receiver Jaylen Ellis, the Texas defense did a decent job of not getting beat deep.
    With Texas's fate still up in the air, Longhorns fans will have to wait until after the conclusion of the Kansas versus Kansas State game to find out whether they should be reserving hotel rooms in Arlington or elsewhere.
    Game Stats:
    QB Quinn Ewers: 12/16, 194 passing yards, 1 fumble RB Bijan Robinson: 29 carries, 179 rushing yards, 2 TDs RB Roschon Johnson: 13 carries, 77 rushing yards, 2 TDs WR Xavier Worthy: 7 receptions, 62 receiving yards LB DeMarvion Overshown: 14 tackles, 1 sack LB Jaylan Ford: 13 tackles, 1 INT

    Game Day: Baylor Bears @ Texas Longhorns

    Texas second year head coach Steve Sarkisian wraps up his last regular season game on Friday against the Baylor Bears.  Sarkisian is already guaranteed a winning season, as Texas currently sits at 7-4, but eight wins would make things look a lot more palatable from the perspective of the fanbase.  A win against the Bears means Texas still has a shot at making an appearance in the Big 12 Championship Game next weekend.  This happens if Kansas upsets Kansas State in Manhattan on Saturday night.
    Baylor and Texas will square off against one another for the 112th time in history, with the Longhorns holding a 79-28-4 record against the Bears.
    It is Senior Day at DKR and the Longhorns will say goodbye to a good number of players that have exhausted their eligibility or choose not to return.  One player to keep an eye on is standout running back Bijan Robinson.  Robinson, a junior, has eligibility remaining, but likely will opt to leave in favor of the NFL Draft.
    What: Texas Longhorns (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) vs Baylor Bears (6-5, 4-4 Big 12)
    Venue: Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium
    Location: Austin, TX
    When: Saturday, November 25th, 2022
    Time: 11:00 p.m.
    TV: ESPN
    All-Time Series: Texas leads Baylor 79-28-4
    Last Meeting: Baylor defeated Texas 31-24 (10/30/2021 - Waco, TX)
    The Line:  Texas -8.5
    Relevant Information:
    Scouting Report: Baylor Bears Staff Predictions: Texas Longhorns vs. Baylor Bears Longhorns Recruiting Road Trip: Playoffs Rounds 1 & 2 DISCUSS THE TEXAS vs. BAYLOR GAME HERE

    Staff Predictions: Texas vs. Baylor

    Photo: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports
    The Texas Longhorns (7-4, 5-3) close out the regular season against the Baylor Bears (6-5, 4-4) at DKR on Friday morning,  After a dismal 5-7 season last year under first year head coach Steve Sarkisian, the Longhorns have an opportunity to notch 8 wins for the first time since the 2019 season.  Should Texas win, they will sit back and await the winner of the Kansas - Kansas State game on Saturday night.  If the Jayhawks can upset the Wildcats, the Longhorns will play TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game next weekend.
    Baylor defeated Texas 31-24 last year in Waco, but the Longhorns have won six of the last ten against the Bears and the last three in Austin.
    Will the 'Horns finish the season strong and win their regular season game?  
    The HornSports Staff weighs in with their score prediction and thoughts on the game.
    TFloss32 (7-4)
    It’s hard to believe the regular season is almost over, but the good news is this program is where most felt they’d be come Thanksgiving with a shot at 8-4. Yes, the good guys let some great opportunities slip through their fingers. However, it’s the first time in years Texas fans can see real growth and culture change as opposed to the seemingly annual discussions about which coaches need to be replaced or failing to make a bowl game. Closing out the season with Baylor is no easy task, but Texas is the better team and checks more boxes than Baylor in this match-up. In order to avoid some long-winded analysis – and because I’m in holiday mode – the blueprint for victory remains the same for this team with the understanding that Dave Aranda will do everything he can to confuse Quinn Ewers while keying on the run game. It’s imperative that Sark and his offensive coaches not be blindsided by this strategy as they were two weeks ago against TCU.  Handle your business on Friday morning, or “mow your own lawn” as Sark likes to say, and hope Kansas does you a favor by knocking off K-State.
    Score Prediction: Texas 31, Baylor 20.
     
    Ryan Swantkowski (6-4)
    The final game of the regular season has arrived for the Longhorns as they take on the Baylor Bears in Austin on Friday... and there's a lot on the line. With a win and a Kansas State loss (playing Kansas) the Longhorns will make the Big 12 Championship game. So, who do I have to win this matchup? Let's take a quick look. 
    Baylor had a disappointing first half of the season as they went 3-3 and are now coming off a heartbreaking loss to TCU at the buzzer. This Baylor team had some high expectations this season as they beat Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl last year but are now sitting at 6-5. Offensively, RB Richard Reese leads the charge for the Bears with 14 TD's on the year while the overall offense is scoring a respectable 34 ppg. QB Blake Shapen has played well on the road this year with a 7:1 TD to INT ratio. Defensively, the Bears rank 2 spots ahead of Texas (57th) in total defense in the FBS yet have now given up 27+ points in 3 straight games. 
    With the Longhorns, it seems to be the same story week after week. One week they shine; the next they struggle. Against Kansas, RB Bijan Robinson had a career day with 243 yards and 4 TD's while Quinn Ewers sat back and watched him eat. Defensively, the Longhorns have been terrific over the past few weeks, giving up an average of 19 ppg over their last 3 games. 
    With the game coming a day after Thanksgiving and an 11am kick, don't expect DKR to be rocking as it usually is. Even with that being said, I think they take care of their business and wait for Kansas to hopefully do the rest. Give me the 'Horns. 
    Score Prediction: Texas 30, Baylor 24.
     
    Aaron Carrara (7-4)
    Dave Aranda brings a solid Baylor team into DKR on Friday and should pose a good challenge for Texas - particularly the Quinn Ewers-led offense.  The storyline of this game will be the running game of the Longhorns.  If Sark can find a way to get Bijan his touches and limit Quinn Ewers' mistakes, Texas wins this game by a couple of touchdowns.  I like the trend of Pete Kwiatkowski's defense - becoming more and more difficult to run against.  Baylor will test Texas in the air, where many teams have had success.  The Texas corners will need to play efficient football and wrap-up on tackles or the Bears could get into a nice rhythm and do their damage.
    This is an important game for a lot of reasons, but none other than a win notches an eighth victory and closes the season out strong and acceptable amongst the fanbase.  Eight wins is noticeable progress from last season and sets Texas up for a potential spot in the Big 12 Championship game and/or decent bowl matchup.  A loss leaves many scratching their heads and wondering if this thing will get turned around, and when?
    Score Prediction: Texas 38, Baylor 24.
     
    Devon Messinger (7-4)
    On Black Friday, the Longhorns will host the Baylor Bears in a game which might be Bijan Robinson's last on the Forty Acres. Of course, there is more at stake than just Senior Day, as the Longhorns still (technically) have a chance to earn a trip to Arlington for the Big 12 Championship game as well.
    The key for the Longhorns will come down to their defensive front. Can this group force the Bears to rely on throwing the football? If so, Baylor quarterback Blake Shapen has been inconsistent this year and will have to step up to beat Texas on the road.
    Meanwhile, Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers will also have to show some progression under center as Baylor head coach Dave Aranda will likely be stacking the box until Ewers proves that he can beat the Bears downfield. If Ewers and his wideouts can get on the same page, Bijan will have ample room to operate with on the field.
    Score Prediction: Texas 34, Baylor 27.

    Scouting Report: Baylor

    One regular season remains as the Longhorns look to secure their 8th win of the season and send their seniors off victorious in their final game at DKR. Texas will welcome in a Baylor team who is coming off a heartbreaking loss to TCU and sits a 6-5 on the season. Let's take a look at what to expect from Dave Aranda's squad.
    Offense
    Aranda made the decision after spring practice to name Blake Shapen his starting QB and let former starter Gerry Bohanon enter the transfer portal. Shapen has had an up and down season as the starter, throwing for 2,423 yards and 14 touchdowns but also tossing 9 interceptions. He is completing 66% of his passes, but has struggled against good defenses and is turnover prone.
    A big reason the Baylor offense has taken a step back this year compared to 2021 is the lack of playmakers on the outside. Slot receiver Monaray Baldwin and TE Ben Sims are tied for the team lead in receptions with 30. Baldwin leads the team in receiving TD's with 4. Sophomore receiver Hal Presley has added 29 catches. Baylor throws to their tight end and slot receivers a lot.
    At running back, it has been a committee approach for Baylor much of the season. Richard Reese, Craig Williams and Qualan Jones will all see carries and all 3 can be effective. Williams has seemingly taken over as the lead back in recent weeks and is a shifty runner (5.8 yards per carry).
    Baylor has one of the best offensive lines in the Big 12, anchored by LT Connor Galvin and transfers Jacob Gall and Grant Miller at C and RG, respectively. The unit has a ton of experience and is very comfortable in the wide zone scheme under offensive coordinator Jeff Grimes.
    Defense
    Baylor lost a ton of pieces in the secondary to the NFL last year, and it has showed in 2022. The Bears has taken a noticeable step back in pass defense as they break in new starters at both corner spots and one safety spot. Remaining in the secondary is safety Christian Morgan, who is a multi-year starter and leads the team with 3 INT's.
    At linebacker, Dillon Doyle remains in Waco for what feels like his 8th year of eligibility. He leads Baylor in tackles with 71, including 9 TFL's. Fellow LB Matt Jones has chipped in 55 tackles and is a solid player.
    The strength of the Baylor defense is up front. Nose tackle Siaki Ika is 360 pounds and dominated Texas during the 2021 matchup in Waco. Defensive tackle Gabe Hall is a good pass rusher who can create havoc. Jake Majors will have his hands full. Defensive end Garmon Randolph stands at 6'7 and has the ability to bend the edge. He leads Baylor in sacks with 4.5. 
    Final Thoughts
    This is an interesting matchup for Texas. Baylor has some pieces defensively to give the Texas offense some trouble. Dave Aranda has a history of putting together good gameplans that expose weaknesses in opposing offenses. Quinn Ewers is going to have to make some throws in this game. Texas will not be able to run the ball down Baylor's throat like they did in Lawrence last week.
    Defensively for Texas, this matchup seems favorable on paper. Baylor likes to run the ball and the Longhorns have one the top run defenses in the conference. The Bears do a good job of layering their run game and creating some interesting counters, so it will be interesting to see if the Texas defense can adjust throughout the game.
    Overall, this is the position you want to be in if you are Texas. You have a beatable team at home to end the regular season to potentially position yourself to go to the conference title game if you get a little help.

    Longhorns Recruiting Road Trip: Playoffs Rounds 1 & 2

    In a year full of uncertainties in Texas high school football, one thing has remained constant - Westlake knows how to win. In addition to covering Westlake's first round playoff game, I was able to catch other Austin-area powerhouses in Lake Travis and Vandegrift.
    Round 1:
    Cedar Ridge vs Westlake
    Shortly after he flipped his commitment to the Longhorns, 2023 four-star defensive end Colton Vasek was ready to open the playoffs against the Cedar Ridge Raiders. With former teammates (and current Longhorns) Connor Robertson and Ethan Burke in attendance, Vasek was a disruptive force all night as it was readily apparent that the Cedar Ridge coaching staff game planned their offense around avoiding him. Still, Vasek continued to attack the line of scrimmage and came away with a sack.
    Offensively for the Chaparrals, junior Jack Kayser illustrated why he is one of the most underrated running backs in the state, accounting for 91 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns (on just 11 carries) against the Raiders. Furthermore, Kayser gives off Deuce Vaughn-vibes, being listed at 5'7" but is always hard to bring down.
    Thanks to stout defense and a steady running game, the Chaparrals were able to waltz their way to an easy 58-10 win over Cedar Ridge in round one.
     
    Lake Travis vs Round Rock:
    While they not be ranked as high as the Westlake Chaparrals (the state's second-ranked team), the Round Rock Dragons entered the first round of the playoffs as the 22nd-ranked team in Texas. However, they were set to face a sneaky challenger in Lake Travis who have underperformed this year in a tough district.
    Through one half of action, the Dragons held a narrow lead 10-7 lead over the Cavaliers. Unfortunately for Round Rock, the second half told a different story as Lake Travis scored an unanswered 28 points, resulting in a resounding 35-10 round one playoff victory.
    For the Cavaliers on offense, junior quarterback Kadyn Leon had an efficient game in which he scored a total of three touchdowns (two through the air and one on the ground) behind an offensive line that allowed just one sack on the night.
    Two Cavaliers class of 2024 offensive linemen to keep an eye on are Adrian-Izic Oratokhai and Legend Cabello, who have held down the left side of the line and have visited a few schools together such as Baylor.
    Round 2:
    Judson Converse vs Vandegrift:
    On Friday, the Judson Converse Rockets travelled to Round Rock in an attempt to upset the No. 17 Vandegrift Vipers. Despite having a plethora of college-bound athletes, the Rockets ran out of fuel fast as the Vipers struck early and often.
    Behind two future Division 1 offensive linemen in 2023 four-star Ian Reed and 2024 four-star Blake Frazier, senior quarterback Brayden Buchanan had a sharp night as he was comfortable in the pocket and made a couple of big-time throws. Additionally, someone who impresses me every time that I get to see him play is junior wideout Miles Coleman, who had a couple of lengthy touchdown receptions on Friday which showcased his breakaway speed.
    On the other sideline, for Judson, 2023 four-star wide receiver Anthony Evans had a few decent pickups through the air as well. Unfortunately for Texas fans, Evans might be a name to remember in the coming years as he is committed to joining the Oklahoma Sooners. Furthermore, 2023 four-star defensive lineman Johnny Bowens also made a few plays near the line of scrimmage for the Rockets, however the defense as a whole struggled throughout the night. Similar to Evans, Bowens, who is a Texas target, is likely leaning towards a rival school in Texas A&M.
    Extra Point:
    Along with flipping Vasek, Longhorns fans should keep an eye on Westlake 2023 four-star wide receiver Jaden Greathouse, who was at DKR for the TCU game and spent some time with Texas pledge Arch Manning on the sidelines. With Texas's desperate need for playmakers on the outside, Greathouse would be able to compete for a spot on the field early. Although, in order to win Greenhouse's services, the Longhorns will have to convince the current Notre Dame commit that he should stay home.
    Miles Logged:
    70

    Jayhawk Down: Texas stomps Kansas 55-14 in dominant road victory

    Photo: Mikala Compton / American Statesman / USA Today Network
    On Saturday, the Longhorns looked to avoid what happened to the team last year, a stunning loss to Kansas, as they travelled to Lawrence in a revenge game. After the team had suffered six consecutive quarters without a touchdown, dating back to the second half of the Kansas State game, the Longhorns answered the bell on offense early and often, resulting in a dominant 55-14 win over Kansas.
    Following a dismal performance against the TCU Horned Frogs, in which he rushed for just 29 yards, Longhorns running back Bijan Robinson entered Saturday's game angry and powered his way to a whopping 243 rushing yards and 4 touchdown night. In fact, Robinson's outing was so effective that the Longhorns really did not even need to throw the ball. Evidence of this, Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers finished the game with 107 passing yards and a touchdown, but he did not need to do anything more.
    Along with the offense's awakening, the Longhorns defense also continued to roll as they pitched a scoreless first half against the Jayhawks. Additionally, the team only allowed 346 total yards of offense, most of which the Jayhawks were able to tally late in the matchup. Moreover, Texas linebacker Jaylan Ford continued to be a magnet for the football as he tallied a first half interception in Saturday's contest.
    Due to Texas's early onslaught of the Jayhawks, plenty of underclassmen were able to appear in the team's win. For example, sophomore running back Jonathon Brooks was able to take advantage of his number being called later in the game as he finished the night with 108 rushing yards and two touchdowns.
    Next Friday, the Longhorns will wrap up the regular season against the Baylor Bears with kickoff at Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium set for 11 A.M. (CT) in a game which will be aired on ESPN.
    Game Stats:
    QB Quinn Ewers: 12/21, 107 passing yards & 1 TD RB Bijan Robinson: 25 carries, 243 rushing yards & 4 TDs RB Jonathon Brooks: 11 carries, 108 rushing yards & 2 TDs WR Jordan Whittington: 6 receptions, 56 receiving yards LB Jaylan Ford: 5 tackles, 1 INT

  • GAME DAY: Texas Longhorns @ Kansas Jayhawks

    The Texas Longhorns (6-4, 4-3) head north this week to face an improved Kansas Jayhawks (6-4, 3-4) team under second year coach Lance Leipold.  Both teams are bowl eligible, but for Texas that means very little. Steve Sarkisian went 5-7 in his first year in Austin, and hopes were high for a successful season in year two under Sark.  Sitting at 6-4 with two games left, it will likely take the 'Horns winning out to consider the 2022 campaign a success.  The Jayhawks went 2-10 last season, which included a win over Texas at DKR. 
    Saturday is senior day in Lawrence and the first matchup between the two programs there since 2018.  The Longhorns will have their work cut-out for them against a potent Kansas offense that averages a whopping 7.33 yards per play this season.  That stat is good enough for second nationally.  The Jayhawks tend to struggle on the other side of the ball, ranking 117th out of 131 FBS teams in total defense.  They give up an average of 443 yards of offense per game.
    While Kansas has their issues defensively, it will take efficient play from the Texas offense to exploit them.  Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers has struggled as of late and it has had an impact on the Longhorns' ability to both generate positive plays and score points.  The Longhorns convert just 38.7% of their third down opportunities and must do a better job if they intend winning on Saturday and finishing the season strong.
    Bijan Robinson ranks seventh nationally in all-purpose yards and had seven striaght games of 100+ yards rushing before ending that streak last week in the loss to TCU.  Texas will likely need Robinson to carry the load against a Kansas rushing defense that gives up an average of 167 yards on the ground each game.
    The weather will likely be a factor, with temperatures hovering around freezing at kickoff and winds ranging from 15-17 MPH. 
    What: Texas Longhorns (6-4, 4-3 Big 12) vs Kansas Jayhawks (6-3, 3-4 Big 12)
    Venue: David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
    Location: Lawrence, Kansas
    When: Saturday, November 19th, 2022
    Time: 2:30 p.m.
    TV: FS1
    All-Time Series: Texas leads Kansas 16-4
    Last Meeting: Kansas defeated Texas 57-56 OT (11/13/2021 - Austin, TX)
    The Line:  Texas -9
    Relevant Information:
    Scouting Report: Kansas Jayhawks Staff Predictions: Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks "Couldn't Get Out of Our Own Way:" Key Takeaways from Steve Sarkisian's 11/14 Press Conference DISCUSS THE TEXAS vs. KANSAS GAME HERE

    Staff Predictions: Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks

    Photo credit: Mikala Compton/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK
    The Kansas Jayhawks did a number on former Texas head coach Charlie Strong and his team in 2016, dealing the Longhorns a 24-21 OT loss in Lawrence.  That win was the first for the Jayhawks against the Longhorns since 1938.  Five years later, Kansas rolled into Austin and dealt first year Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian a 57-56 OT loss.  Texas has improved since last season, how much remains yet to be seen, but so has Kansas.  Lance Leiopold's team holds a 6-4 record and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2008.
    The Longhorns are clinging to a hope that they can still somehow slip into the Big 12 title game if they win out and some other things happen, but they must first take care of business in Lawrence.  
    Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers has played erratic in his last few starts, but the hope is he can turn it around on the road and lead his team to a much-needed win.  That won't be an easy task against a capable, well-coached Kansas team that has a solid offense that can move the ball and score points.  
    After the disappointing loss to TCU in Austin last weekend, does Texas have the capability to bounce-back and win a true road game against the Jayhawks?  Will the Texas offense finally get clicking?
    The HornSports Staff gives their score predictions and thoughts on the Texas vs. Kansas game.
    Jameson McCausland (6-4)
    Here we are again. Texas had another opportunity to get a signature win under Steve Sarkisian and once again the Longhorns came up short. Now they have to make a trip to Lawrence to play Kansas in a game that will be very cold and windy. Who knows what Texas team we are going to get on Saturday.
    Kansas is a much improved team from last year and the potential return of Jalon Daniels at QB is worrisome. The Texas defense has taken steps forward, but they have yet to string together back to back dominant games this season.
    I *think* Texas will be able to move the ball this week and they will figure some things out offensively, so it's actually the defense that gives me the most concern this week. I will reluctantly take Texas in a close game but my confidence level is very low.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 35, Kansas 28
    Aaron Carrara (6-4)
    The Longhorns are staring at an underwhelming season under Steve Sarkisian in year two if they lose this game.  Seems like every week is a "must win" for the 'Horns, but it couldn't be more true this week.  Ask anyone who follows this team what a fair expectation for the season would be and they will tell you eight wins.  The talent is there, the coaching has potential, but the ability to improve remains to be seen.  
    That brings us to the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday and Sark's 6-4 record.  Texas is going bowling, but so is every other Division I program.  Heck, Kansas is already bowl eligible.  The Longhorns have another opportunity to win on the road this weekend and inch closer to that eighth win.  Temperatures will be freezing in Lawrence during the game, and the wind will be strong, so it might not matter how effective, or lackthereof, Quinn Ewers is.  Feed the ball to Bijan 35 times and keep the Jayhawks honest with a few throws.  And mix in a little Roschon... The Texas defense has proven their ability to stop the run which makes this an interesting matchup.  Kansas QB Jalon Daniels is still questionable for the game and hasn't played in five weeks.  Texas may see him on Saturday or they may see Jason Bean, who has played under center in Daniels' absence.  Either way, Texas will make the Jayhawks beat them in the air.
    The Longhorns are favored by nine points and I think win by two touchdowns to improve to 7-4 with Baylor left.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 38, Kansas 24
     
    Devon Messinger (6-4)
    Saturday's game against Kansas will serve as a sneakily important game for Steve Sarkisian as the narrative of his coaching tenure can dramatically swing with either a win or a loss. 
    It is still to be determined whether Jason Bean or Jalon Daniels will get the start at quarterback for the Jayhawks, as both are dealing with injuries, however both options have been solid for Coach Leipold this season. However, the game ultimately will hinge on the performance of Bijan Robinson, who was held to just 29 rushing yards last weekend against TCU. If Quinn Ewers can connect with receivers enough to keep Kansas' secondary honest, Robinson will be put in a position to succeed. If Robinson can get in the ballpark of 150 rushing yards, or if Roschon Johnson proves to be a major contributor, the Longhorns will be in the driver's seat on Saturday.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 27, Kansas 20
     
    TFloss32 (7-3)
    After their fourth loss of the season by a TD or less, a victory against Kansas is critical for the culture and confidence of this program going forward for multiple reasons. Yep, I actually typed that. The Jayhawks embarrassed you at DKR last season on a historical level. The road win at K-State can’t be an anomaly. Sark and the offense need to find themselves after a horrible performance against TCU on a national stage. A decent shot – albeit with help from other teams – at a Big XII title berth is still on the table if you win the remaining two on your schedule. The list goes on. This will be no easy task with Kansas potentially returning QB Jalon Daniels, close to freezing temperatures in Lawrence and the understanding that you will undoubtedly get KU’s best shot. The formula for victory, however, remains the same as it has all season. Use all of the offensive tools in your bag and focus on first downs, limit the big play on defense and be disciplined in all phases as to not rob yourself of opportunities or give life to the other team. I don’t like Texas to cover 8 to 10 points, but I think they’ve grown enough in ’22 to show resiliency and grab a bounce back win over Rock Chalk.
    Score Prediction:  Texas 32, Kansas 26
     
    Ryan Swantkowski (5-4)
    After another one-score Texas loss, the Longhorns will travel to Kansas to take on the Jayhawks on Saturday. There seems to be a common theme of Texas having to prepare for 2 different quarterbacks, and that remains true this weekend as the Kansas starter could be Jason Bean or Jalon Daniels. Both are capable of running that dynamic Jayhawk offense, while for Texas, QB Quinn Ewers has struggled in recent weeks. Let's take a quick look at both offenses and teams overall. 
    With Kansas, they started off 5-0 on the season with their first loss coming against still unbeaten TCU. Their QB Jalon Daniels also got hurt in that game and since then, it has been all Jason Bean. Running back Devin Neal adds a nice touch of physicality to the offense while their receivers and tight ends all get mixed around a bit. Defensively, the Jayhawks rank 117th in the FBS in overall defense and allowed 43 points last week to Texas Tech. 
    Looking at Texas, star running back Bijan Robinson was held to only 29 rushing yards against TCU and quarterback Quinn Ewers had only a 43% completion rate (17-39) along with an interception as well. They are still a star-studded offense, but the production has been inconsistent. Defensively, the Longhorns played one of their best games this season, holding TCU to only 17 points and seemed to be finding their rhythm. 
    Overall, I expect a needed bounce-back performance from Ewers come Saturday in an intense game and Jayhawk atmosphere. Give me the Horns. 
    Score Prediction:  Texas 38, Kansas 24
     

    Scouting Report: Kansas

    The potential of a berth in the Big 12 championship game is hanging on by a thread following a 17-10 loss to TCU. The Longhorns no longer control their own destiny as they head up to Lawrence this weekend to take on Kansas. The Jayhawks, who have spent the last decade as the worst P5 team in the country, have turned a corner this year and find themselves with an identical record to Texas (6-4). Let's take a look at what to expect from a scrappy Kansas team.
    Offense
    Texas fans remember what Jalon Daniels did to the Longhorns last year in Austin. Daniels carried the momentum from the end of last year into the beginning of this year and helped Kansas jump out to a 5-0 start. He suffered an injury against TCU and has not played since. In his place, Jason Bean has thrown for over 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bean, a transfer from North Texas, opened last year as the starter and is a very solid passer. The issue Kansas has for this week is Bean went out late last week against Texas Tech with an injury. Lance Leipold said on Monday that Daniels is getting "close", but that Bean did not do much in practice. It remains to be seen who will take the first snap on Saturday, but the chance of Daniels making his return seem to be a real possibility.
    Sophomore Devin Neal is one of the more underrated running backs in the Big 12. The Lawrence native has 951 rushing yards on the season to go along with 7 touchdowns and is averaging 6.7 yards a carry. He is the primary ballcarrier and will carry a heavy load on Saturday with the QB uncertainty.
    The Jayhawks have 5 primary pass catchers: 3 receivers and 2 tight ends. Slot receiver Luke Grimm leads the team with 36 receptions, but outside receiver Lawrence Arnold is the player to watch. Arnold is averaging over 17 yards a catch and is someone the Texas defense will need to gameplan for. Mason Fairchild and Jared Casey are the tight ends. Fairchild has 20 catches and 5 touchdowns on the season. People will remember Casey as the guy who got the game-winning two point conversion in last year's game. Casey only has 11 receptions on the season but 3 of them have gone for touchdowns. They will leak him out if the defense isn't paying attention.
    The Kansas coaching staff does an excellent job of protecting their offensive line. You will not see many situations where they ask their QB to drop back to pass and go through progressions while the offensive line is asked to hold up 1 v 1. They have only allowed 8 sacks on the season and are playing a good enough level considering the talent at the skill positions. LT Earl Bostick Jr. is someone will get a shot in a NFL training camp in 8 months. Good player.
    Defense
    The defense is still a work in progress for Kansas. The Jayhawks have been shredded at times this year on the ground while also being vulnerable in the passing game. Miami-Ohio transfer Lonnie Phelps leads the team with 6 sacks, but 3 of those came in the season opener against Tennessee Tech. The interior of the Kansas defensive line is experienced, but they can be pushed around. Another thing working is Texas' favor is the Jayhawks run a traditional 4-3 defense, which will be a welcome sight for Texas after 4 straight games of facing the 3 high safety defense.
    Ohio State transfer Craig Young is an active player and holds down one of the starting LB spots. Middle linebacker Rich Miller is second on the team with 75 tackles.
    In the backend, safety Kenny Logan might be the best player on the defense. Logan leads the team with 80 tackles and has also pulled down 2 interceptions. Corner Cobee Bryant had a pick 6 against Texas last year and is a promising young corner. Fellow corner Ra'Mello Dotson leads the team with 5 pass breakups.
    Final Thoughts
    Who knows where the Texas team is mentally after last Saturday. Lawrence has not been kind to Texas over the years, and the weather calls for a cold and windy day on Saturday. Conventional wisdom has Texas should be able to establish the running game and ride their two running backs to victory, but after last week it's tough to speak in absolutes. The only absolute right now is Texas is an inconsistent football team.

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    9/3
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    W 52-10
    9/10
    Alabama
    L 19-20
    9/17
    UTSA
    W 41-20
    9/24
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    L 34-37 OT
    10/1
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    W 38-20
    10/8
    Oklahoma
    W 49-0
    10/15
    Iowa State
    W 24-21
    10/22
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    L 34-41
    11/5
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    W 34-27
    11/12
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    L 10-17
    11/19
    @Kansas
    W 55-14
    11/26
    Baylor
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