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Kansas State at Texas: Open Game Thread

K-State looks to keep it’s unbeaten streak against Lone Star State opponents alive.

NCAA Football: Texas at Kansas State
Need lots of this tonight
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Happy Birthday Coach Snyder!!

All Coach wants for his birthday is a Wildcat Victory, so let’s hope his boys oblige him.

While overall history is on the side of the Kansas State Wildcats, the Cats are 0-2 in their last two trips to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns: a 31-21 loss in 2013 when we still couldn’t figure out who the QB was, and a 23-9 loss in The Monsoon Game of 2015. But this 2017 squad has neither of the problems those two teams did, but does have it’s own glaring problem.

The Texas defense has been stout against the run in their last three games, including allowing just ten (10!!) overall rushing yards to Iowa State over a week ago. If the Texas defense comes with a similar will to stopping the run, and the Wildcat receivers can’t catch a few passes, then it’s going to be a LONG game for the Wildcats.

But if the Cat receivers can keep their paws on the ball, then it could be a very happy birthday for Coach.

The keys for today’s game:

  • Can the Wildcat receivers catch the ball? A potent passing attack is a game-changer for the Wildcats. We need Byron Pringle, Dominique Heath, and Isaiah Harris to be more like their buddy Isaiah Zuber.
  • Can the front-four get pressure on the Longhorns young QB(s) through a weakend o-line? A couple early sacks from Reggie Walker, Will Geary, Trey Dishon, or Tanner Wood could get really knock the Horns offense off balance.
  • Which team’s special teams can be special? These two offenses are suspect, the defenses are good, so it may well come down to which team can do something extra special on special teams; which means we need D.J. Reed to HOLD ON TO THE FOOTBALL.

Texas played poorly against a now-decent-looking Maryland squad before beating the snot out of San Jose State, losing to a decent USC team, and then winning a grinder in Ames (which isn’t an easy thing to do, no matter how good you are). There’s a lot of work left for Tom Herman to do in Austin, but his squad is improving.

It could be an interesting evening in Austin...for both teams.

Be sure and check out our pregame content, starting with TB’s Kicking the Tires preview of the Longhorns (also check out Barking Carnival’s Pregamer that TB has linked), all-important How to Watch information (and a bit of trivia) from Jon, as well as a little fun trash-talk (alright, alright, alright) from our very own AMS.

Beat the Longhorns!

Go Cats!