Ian Boyd of Inside Texas and The Football Outsiders returns to the podcast as Kansas State prepares to take on the struggling Longhorns. But there’s reason for optimism in Austin as some key pieces return to health, especially on defense, after a much-needed bye week. It’s make or break time for the Texas season with Kansas State visiting, then trips to Ames and Waco the next two weeks.
With all that in mind, we took a deep dive into what’s worked and what hasn’t schematically for both teams, as well as what the coaches might try to bring back given this week’s matchups. Sam Ehlinger and his receiving corps could cause some serious issues for a Kansas State defense without A.J. Parker, but the Wildcats’ power run gain could do some damage of its own to complement Skylar Thompson’s running, not to mention the big play threat of Malik Knowles. A lot could depend on who’s healthy at the skill positions.
You might be able to check out Ian’s game preview for free at Inside Texas and you can check out Ian’s work at Football Outsiders. He also blogs about Big 12 football at sportstreatise.com and even wrote a book titled Flyover Football: How the Big 12 became the frontier of modern football that you can find available for purchase at Amazon. Feel free to follow Ian on Twitter at @Ian_A_Boyd.
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