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Quick Takes: Kansas State

Mike Roach

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Who: Kansas State Wildcats 3-3 (0-3) vs. Texas Longhorns 2-4 (1-2)
When: Saturday October 24, 2015 at 11:00 AM Central
Where: Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, Austin TX (Fox Sports 1)
Odds: Texas -4

The Good: Let’s start with the obvious. Over the last decade, Kansas State has owned this Longhorn program. The purple haze in Manhattan looms large in the heads of most Texas fans and reminds them of disaster games when they were dominated in all aspects of the game. The Wildcats will need to lean on that psychological edge, because their football team hasn’t been very good this year. Kansas State also has the advantage of the ageless Bill Snyder on the sideline. The old man seems to know how to get his team prepared for big games and pose a problem for the opposition. The Wildcats were in position to win games against Oklahoma State and TCU, but ultimately fell short. Quarterback Joe Hubener has been a one man show for State on offense. The Wildcat quarterback is the second leading rusher on the team with 6 touchdowns, and he’s added another 4 passing. Justin Silmon is the name to know at running back as he is averaging 4.7 YPC on the year. With Tyler Lockett gone the Wildcats are looking for some help at wide receiver. Dominique Heath and Deante Burton lead the team in receptions and yards this season and have the ability to pester the Longhorn defense if their problems in pass coverage persist.



The Bad: As productive as Hubener has been, he is not much of a threat as a passer. Hubener is currently 45% passing with an equal 4 touchdowns to interceptions. The wildcats are averaging around 7 yards per attempt through the air, and will look to get it done with guile and a physical running game once again. The Wildcats show a propensity to pass more in road situations, but they also nearly double their penalties in the visiting stadiums. Snyder’s team is also coming off of an embarrassing blowout at the hands of Oklahoma. Stoops and company rolled into Manhattan one week after being stunned by Texas and totally took it to K-State. It has been quite a while since this program was embarrassed in that fashion.



The Uncertain: With the schedule Kansas State had this season, it’s hard to tell what kind of team they are. The Wildcats struggled to look truly dominant against South Dakota and held on for an overtime win over Louisiana Tech. They also played TCU and Oklahoma State to the wire before being blown out of the water by Oklahoma. While it’s hard to tell, this team looks very similar to the Longhorns in that they have the ability to rise up and play some inspired football, but they haven’t been able to put it all together on the field. Will Kansas State come out motivated after suffering a humiliating loss, or are the Wildcats reeling and headed into a rejuvenated Austin, TX?



What’s at stake: Kansas State is looking very wobbly and it’s clear that a loss this week could shoot their wheels off. Texas is looking to get the season on track after a stunner against Oklahoma last week. A big win against a historical menace would go a long way towards that, and could provide Texas with the confidence and momentum to make a run en route to closing the season.

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KSU is a really poor rushing team, ranked around #80 in the nation. . .good news for us as our front 4 have been pushed around by good rushing teams this year.


But they are a pretty good rush defense team . . . .will be interesting to see what we can do vs KSU. . . 


A win in this game goes a LONG way to making the team bowl eligible. . . . 



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Anyone else concerned about the lack of hype so far about the upcoming Kansas State game just five days away?


Just because o u trounced K State, we can't take them lightly. The Flying Purple People Eaters have had beef for lunch the past few seasons. We need to be every bit as prepared as we were going into the Oklahoma game.


Prepare today, Hook'em Saturday!

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Bill Snyder sent an email to the KSU student body apologizing for the performance vs. OU and thanking them for caring about the football program.  This game has nothing to do about X's and O's as KSU is set to play their most inspired game of the year.  UT is going to have to grow up in a hurry and feel if the Horns can get a win Saturday, that will be more impressive than the win vs. OU.  This is going to be a manhood type of game.

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I don't care what K State record is because for the past several years they have seemed to have our number. With the chance of 100 % rain I think this plays to their advantage as they run the slow methodical read offense that basically makes the QB the running back. They are perfectly content to grind out 2 or 3 yards with knowing they will pop for 6 yards at some point, but the main thing will be turnovers.  K State waits for you to make mistakes especially on your side of the field where they then capitalize on those mistakes.  Swoops and Forman could be our biggest weapon on offense as we run our version of Tebow especially with 100% chance of rain. 

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OU rushed for 232 yds against KSU. Mixon averaged 4.9 ypc; Perine, 5.1 ypc. QB Trevor Knight had two runs for 19 yds. So, that provides some hope. But what I hope for most is that Heard can produce more in the air like OU's BM did (282 yds, 5 TD).


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Hate to over simplify things, but Kansas State doesn't beat themselves and that is why UT has struggled vs. KSU losing the last 4 of 5.  The 31-21 win two years ago, UT won the turnover battle 3-0, in the last 4 losses, UT lost the turnover battle, 1-11.  KSU limits penalties as well ranking 23rd in the nation in penalty yards, while UT is ranked 103.  In a game where the field and conditions are going to be an issue, field position and turnovers will be key and thats why its best to forget about KSU losing 55-0 to OU as that won't be the team that shows up in Austin.  This is truly at 50/50 game and UT will have to win ugly.  Can't wait.

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