The biggest concern for Texas in this one is that C Zach Shackelford (ankle) and LG Jake McMillion (right knee) are not playing Saturday.
The Jayhawks have an improving defense, led by DE Dorance Armstrong (8 sacks and Big 12-leading 14 TFLs) and leading tackler S Fish Smithson (3 INTs). And KU's defense leads the Big 12 on third-down and in the red zone - two areas the Longhorns have struggled on offense this season.
And even though it's supposed to be cold - in the 40s - at the time of Saturday's 2:30 pm CT kickoff, I'm giving this Texas team the benefit of the doubt.
The Longhorns are the better team. They need to win to become bowl eligible and to continue to keep Charlie Strong as their head coach.
I'm not going to overthink this one. D'Onta Foreman gets his 100 yards rushing in a school-record 12th straight game moving ahead of Earl Campbell (11) and hopefully gets some Heisman love for it.
The Texas defense turns over an erratic KU offense, and the Longhorns win ...
TEXAS 31 ... KU 10
This game should not pose a problem for Texas ... and if it does ... well let's not even go there.
The Longhorns are the better team and have more talent, so Texas has the advantage in pretty much all-phases of the game plan, but the Longhorns also have a lot to fight for right now.
D'Onta Foreman is battling to secure an invite to New York for the Heisman, and a big performance and win will only help his cause.
A win in Lawrence will make Texas bowl eligible, which will be big for this young team that will really benefit from the additional practices in bowl preparation.
Oh, and let's not forget that whole Charlie Strong is essentially coaching for his job and HAS to win in order for that to happen situation.
If that doesn't motivate this team, then nothing will.
Foreman needs to step up and have another monster game both for the team and for his case for the Heisman, Walter Camp and Doak Walker Awards, and I fully anticipate that happening.
While not having Jake McMillon or Zach Shackelford on the field is a big blow for the Longhorns, Texas shouldn't have a problem getting win No. 6 come Saturday.
TEXAS 42, KANSAS 20
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The improvement from the Texas defense has been obvious.
And D’Onta Foreman is poised to break Earl Campbell’s school record of 11 consecutive games with 100 yards rushing.
The Kansas defense is solid on third down and in the red zone defense (first in the Big 12 for both categories). The Jayhawks are also disciplined and rarely penalized.
Jayhawks safety Fish Smithson (No 9) flies around, doing everything for Kansas. DE Dorance Armstrong (No 2) blows up plays in the backfield (14 TFL, 2nd in Big 12).
The Jayhawks have been grounded most of the season, struggling to find a good QB. Montell Cozart (#2) has played more recently but Carter Stanley (#9) is expected to start.
The Jayhawks rely on short passes to (#11) Steven Sims and (#1) LaQuvionte Gonzalez. Both WRs are speedsters. Gonzalez scored a TD on a KO return.
KU RB #22 Ke’aun Kinner has had success lately behind a poor o-line.
The Jayhawks have kept games close at home and nearly upset TCU - losing 24-23 - after leading the Frogs 23-14 early in the 4Q. KU will scratch and claw till the end.
However, Kansas is an inconsistent football team, and UT needs to dominate.
Sterlin Gilbert needs to break free of his system. This team is too talented to waste away behind a simple playbook. Gilbert has some solid principles in place, he just needs to expand and be creative.
Texas wins this game comfortably…
TEXAS 41 ... KANSAS 17