The Texas Longhorns and Kansas Jayhawks will meet for the 20th time in history on Saturday night and the ninth time at Darrell K. Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin. Both programs enter the matchup struggling, with Kansas holding a 1-8 overall record with their lone win coming against the South Dakota Coyotes in Week 1. The Longhorns have lost four in a row and need a win against the Jayhawks to bring their bowl berth hopes closer to reality.
The 'Horns and Jayhawks did not play each other last season due to the game being cancelled due to COVID-19 protocols.
Will the Longhorns snap their four game slide with a win or will Kansas pull off the upset road win?
Our staff weighs in with their thoughts on the outcome of Saturday's game.
Jameson McCausland (7-2)
This has to be a game where Texas gets back on track. The Longhorns need to dominate Kansas in every aspect and it should be a game where the Texas players get to take out some frustration that has built up over the last month.
If Texas struggles against the Jayhawks or somehow loses this game, it is going to get very ugly. Fortunately, I think this is a game Texas wins comfortably before turning their attention to the final two games of the year as they try to get bowl eligible.
Score Prediction: Texas 42, Kansas 14
Devon Messinger (5-4)
This Saturday, the Longhorns will look to break their losing streak with a win against Kansas. Thankfully for Sarkisian & company, the Jayhawks are last place in the Big 12 and boast an overall record of 1-8. Despite Kansas's record, it should be noted that the Jayhawks were nearly able to upset Oklahoma earlier in the season.
Redshirt junior quarterback Jason Bean is considered day-to-day for the Jayhawks, after suffering an injury to Kansas State in last week's matchup. However, Bean has only averaged 139.1 passing yards per game so far this season. Now, onto the ground game, freshman running back Devin Neal has been Kansas's leading rusher while averaging just 44.3 yards per game. With all of this said, the Jayhawks still have the ability to at least make things interesting for the Longhorns, especially when you consider Bean's dual-threat ability from the quarterback position.
For Texas, who wants, and has the heart to, perform for the Longhorns? The Longhorns need a leader on the field and Saturday's game should be viewed as an opportunity to audition. As a result, expect to see a little bit more variety, roster-wise, than you might be accustomed to seeing on the field.
Score Prediction: Texas 48, Kansas 13
It’s been a long month for the burnt orange with a four-game losing streak, #MonkeyGate and Bo Davis’ epic rant on the bus after Iowa State. Texas needs two wins in their three remaining games in order to be bowl eligible, and Kansas coming to town is a great place to start. This match-up boils down to one thing for me; the Horns aren’t a good football team, but Kansas is dreadful and one of the worst teams in the FBS. I don’t see any way this is a loss outside of a complete meltdown a la 2016 in Lawrence when Charlie Strong’s squad had six turnovers. If I were a gambling man I may take Kansas and the points, but Texas ends their losing streak on Saturday night.
Score Prediction: Texas 40, Kansas 18
Aaron Carrara (6-3)
Texas needs to win two of its last three games in order to become bowl eligible and losing to Kansas isn't an option. Despite the Longhorns' woes, Kansas is dreadful on the turf, and Saturday should be a win for Sarkisian and Texas. Ideally the team uses the game to get things straightened out on both sides of the ball before making the trip to Morgantown the following week. A win is a win and the Longhorns will take it any way they can, which I see them doing in a big manner.
Score Prediction: Texas 45, Kansas 17
Tristan Larsen (6-3)
Texas has been on a downward spiral for the past few weeks. Despite the fact that Texas in Big-12 play has led for 70% of their snaps, highest in the conference, they can’t seem to close these tough games out. Luckily for them, this week they welcome the Jayhawks to town. While Kansas put up a fight against the undefeated Sooners a while back, they’ve really done nothing noteworthy this year in terms of their record. Kansas is 1-8 with their line win being a 3 point victory against a non-FBS program. While I have loads of respect for Lance Leipold and the job he’s doing at Kansas, his first FBS and Big-12 win will have to wait. While the season has been disappointing for the Longhorn faithful they get back to .500 this week and establish somewhat of a winning culture heading into the end of the year and bowl season. Texas wins easily but fails to cover the massive 30 point spread.
Score Prediction: Texas 45, Kansas 17
Mitch Lovell (5-4)
It’s hard to have much confidence in Texas beating anyone but it’s Kansas. This Kansas team isn’t a complete typical Kansas pushover though. Texas may be down some key guys but should have enough to beat the Jayhawks regardless.
Score Prediction: Texas 35, Kansas 21