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How and what to watch for Texas vs. Kansas State

The Longhorns will be looking to rebound on Saturday after their disappointing three-point last week.

Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger looks downfield for an open receiver during the game between the Texas Longhorns and the Iowa State Cyclones on November 27, 2020 at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. Photo by Matthew Pearce/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Kansas State Wildcats will be trying to snap their four-game losing streak when they take on the Texas Longhorns Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Manhattan, KS.

The Wildcats (4-5) suffered a heartbreaking 32-31 loss to the Baylor Bears thanks to a game-winning field goal. A majority of K-State’s points came from their running game which scored three touchdowns. Running back Deuce Vaughn was the game’s leading rusher with 102 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. Kansas State is hoping that quarterback Will Howard will play better next week as he struggled against the Bears; the young signal-caller completed 9-18 passes for 88 yards, a touchdown, and two interceptions.

Defensively the Wildcats were stout against Baylor’s ground game, only giving up 71 yards on 36 carries and two touchdowns. But they didn’t do a great job against Bears QB Charlie Brewer, who was 31-of-39 for 349 yards and two touchdowns. This season, KSU’s pass defense is allowing 266.8 yards and 11 yards per completion to opposing quarterbacks.

When it comes to Texas (5-3), they saw their three-game winning streak snapped last week against Iowa State. The Cyclones won 23-20, but the Longhorns’ defense did a good job of keeping ISU running back Breece Hall under 100 yards. However they allowed quarterback Brock Purdy to throw for 312 yards and a touchdown.

Offensively for Texas, quarterback Sam Ehlinger had 363 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. He will be the key to victory against a KSU defense, which struggled last week against Brewer.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Texas vs. Kansas State on Saturday, December 5th at 12:00 p.m. ET on Fox, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Texas (-7) vs. Kansas State
Point Total: 51.5
Money line: Texas (-265) vs. Kansas State (+210)

  • This season, the Longhorns have a record of 1-5-1 against the spread in its last seven games.
  • Texas is better when it comes to the ML, with a record of 7-3 in its last 10 games.
  • Conversely, the Wildcats are better than the Longhorns ATS with a record of 6-2 in its last eight games.
  • Kansas State has a record of 1-4 straight up in its last five games.

Betting splits

Texas: (39% of handle, 73% percent of bets)
Kansas State: (61% of handle, 27% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

There is surprisingly a lot of action on Kansas State, despite most of the bets siding with the Longhorns. This season, Texas has been disappointing to say the least and losing to Iowa State in a game that they could’ve won is just a perfect microcosm of their season. The Wildcats haven’t been the same without Skylar Thompson under center on offense, which leads me to go with Texas.

Pick: Texas (-265)

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