Pregame Thoughts: KSU vs. Texas

19 Nov
  • After five comeback victories this season and an 8-2 record despite being considered an underdog in almost every game, the Wildcats cannot in good conscience be counted out of today’s contest in Austin. In case that is not evidence enough, yesterday’s epic upset of Oklahoma State by Iowa State should make it very clear that anything can happen. At this point, Kansas State is accustomed to the underdog role, and while it might be a source of motivation going into games, more than anything it’s a sense of satisfaction after wins.
  • With that said, this game is not a gimme by any stretch of the imagination. Despite the fan mentality of “WE OWN TEXAS” and the fact that the Wildcats have won the last three matchups, and the fact that the Longhorns are in a bit of a slide, Texas always has massive potential. It’s a deep team with oodles of tradition and a venerable, talented coach.
  • This might be the second-best defense Kansas State has faced this season, second only to Oklahoma. The Longhorns rank 14th in the country in total defense. While I think quarterback Collin Klein will still run wild – like he did against Texas last season and like he has since then – the passing offense for Kansas State has to be active enough to distract the Longhorns and keep them honest. That passing offense has been steadily improving in the last several weeks and has to continue along that path tonight.
  • Spotting the other team 14 points cannot be a strategy the Wildcats employ again this week, as they have the past three weeks. While coach Bill Snyder finds that statistic interesting, he said that good teams are consistent, and part of consistency is starting games well. Redshirt freshman center B.J. Finney remembers that starting fast gave Kansas State an advantage against Texas last season.
    “We just got on them quick, played a good game, so I’m sure they’re going to be looking for a little bit of revenge this year, seeing as how it’s Senior Night down there,” said center B.J. Finney on Tuesday. “They’re going to be motivated. We’re going to have to execute well and play our best game and hopefully come out with a win.”

     

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