The Pregame: K-State Looks to Keep Rolling in Austin

Dec 1, 2012; Manhattan, KS, USA; Kansas State Wildcats defensive linebacker Arthur Brown (4) and offensive linesman BJ Finney (66) hold the Big 12 Championship trophy during the presentation after the game against the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Kansas State won 42-24. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

VITALS

Time: 7 p.m.

TV: ABC

Radio: 810 WHB

History: K-State leads the series 8-5

Line: Texas -5 1/2

Weather: 78-degrees, mostly cloudy with a slight chance for rain.

MOTIVATIONAL VIDEO

THREE 2 WATCH

1. Daniel Sams

This has to be Sams coming out party, right? Texas cannot stop the run to save their own skins, and have already fired one defensive coordinator this season. Between Sams and John Hubert, K-State should be able to run on them at will.

You’d think so, anyway.

2. K-State Front Seven

Whether it is David Ash or Case McCoy at quarterback, getting pressure on the quarterback is going to be key. Neither one of Texas’ starting quarterbacks are very good, but they can be dangerous if given enough time in the pocket. The more pressure K-State can create, the better their chances of stomping out Texas’ offense.

3. Offensive Line

No excuses this week. After a sluggish start to the season, Kansas State’s offensive line has gotten progressively better each week. Given the run-heavy offensive scheme that should be implemented Saturday, and how familiarity of the scheme the offensive line has with Sams in the backfield, K-State’s offensive line has to be dominant.

TAILGATE BEER

Have you ever tried Arrogant Bastard Ale? Seems like a fitting beer to drink versus Texas.

TEXAS LONGHORNS

1. Running game

Texas can’t stop it, they can only hope to contain it. After allowing 550 yards on the ground to BYU, and then another 272 yards against Ole Miss last weekend, the Longhorns defense is grasping for straws in terms of trying figure out how fix the holes in their leaky defense.

2. Injuries

Starting wide receiver Daje Johnson has been ruled out, and quarterback David Ash is still recovering from a concussion. This makes an already inconsistent offense weaker.

3. Drama

Mack Brown’s job is already in jeopardy, and reports came out this week that Texas contacted Nick Saban before the season ever started. Throw in the change at defensive coordinator and the 1-2 start, and Texas is very much playing with their backs to the wall.

If Texas loses and falls to 1-3, making a bowl game is going to be very tough.

GO ‘CATS!

Topics: Kansas State Wildcats, Texas Longhorns

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