It’s a big matchup in the Big 12 when a pair of teams tied for third place in the conference take the field in the Lone Star State. The #20 Kansas State Wildcats are on the road as they travel to face the Texas Longhorns Saturday afternoon. Kansas State comes in off a 38-10 road drubbing of Kansas last Saturday in their previous contest. Texas was dumped 37-27 on the road by TCU in their previous game on October 26: they had a bye last week. The Wildcats own a 10-9 advantage in the all-time series between the programs but the Longhorns have taken the last two matchups: that includes a 19-14 home win in the most recent meeting on September 29, 2018.
Kansas State Wildcats Seek Fourth Straight VictoryKansas State took care of business against in-state rival Kansas to win the Governor’s Cup for the 11th straight time. The Wildcats improved to 3-2 in conference play and seek a fourth straight victory in this contest. Kansas State led 7-3 after the opening quarter before taking complete control by reeling off 31 unanswered points and keeping Kansas out of the end zone until the final minute of the contest. The Wildcats owned a nearly two to one ratio in total offense, outgaining the Jayhawks 471-241, picking up 23 first downs while allowing 12 and dominated time of possession 38:03 to 21:57 in the contest. Kansas State forced two turnovers while not committing one in the contest.
The Wildcats entered this contest 113th in the nation in passing offense with 171.6 yards per contest while the team is 23rd in rushing offense with 217.3 yards per game. Kansas State is 39th in the FBS in scoring offense by putting up 33.4 points per contest while the team is 26th in scoring defense as they allow 20.4 points per game on the year. Skylar Thompson is 107 of 177 passing for 1,336 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception: he adds 331 yards and 10 scores on the ground this season. Nick Ast is three of three for 28 yards while John Holcombe II is one of three for nine yards while adding 71 rushing yards. James Gilbert leads the team with 100 carries for 558 yards and five scores this season. Jordon Brown (39 carries, 237 yards, three TD) and Harry Trotter (58 carries, 235 yards, three TD) are solid secondary options. Dalton Schoen leads the team with 25 receptions for 389 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Phillip Brooks (17 grabs, 126 yards) and Malik Knowles (16 catches, 231 yards, two TD) are the only other players with double-digit receptions this season. Blake Lynch has hit all 33 extra-point attempts and 10 of 11 field goal tries with a long of 46 this season.
Texas Longhorns Hope Bye Week Helps Them Get Re-centeredTexas comes in off a bye week last week having dropped two of their three previous games. The Longhorns hope that they can bounce back after their loss to TCU by rebounding at home and earning their first win over a ranked team in three tries this season. Texas led 17-13 at the half and 20-13 midway through the third quarter before giving up 17 unanswered points to trail by 10. The Longhorns were unable to get closer than three the rest of the way. Texas owned a 447-435 edge in total offense but lost the first down battle (22-21), the time of possession (32:41 to 27:19) and the turnover battle as they committed four turnovers while forcing just two. The Horned Frogs turned the takeaways into 13 points.
The Longhorns enter this contest 14th in the nation in passing offense as they average 308.8 yards per game through the air this season while the team is 65th in rushing with 167.9 yards per contest. Texas is 11th in the FBS in scoring offense by putting up 39.1 points per game on the year while the team ranks just 99th in scoring defense by allowing 31.5 points per contest. Sam Ehlinger is 199 of 303 passing for 2,378 yards with 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions while ranking third on the team with 361 yards plus five scores on the ground. Casey Thompson is eight of 12 for 84 yards on the season. Keaontay Ingram leads the Longhorns on the ground with 98 carries for 494 yards plus four scores on the season. Roschon Johnson is next in line with 79 carries for 418 yards plus four rushing touchdowns. Devin Duvernay leads the team with 69 receptions for 800 yards and seven scores on the year. Collin Johnson (28 catches, 387 yards, TD), Brennan Eagles (19 receptions, 367 yards, five TD) and Jake Smith (20 grabs, 207 yards, five TD) are solid secondary targets. Cameron Dicker has hit all 39 extra-point attempts and 10 of 13 field goal tries this season.
The top trends for this contest, according to Covers.com:
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game
- Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game
- Wildcats are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win
- Longhorns are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games in November
- Longhorns are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games