There’s some potential for trouble in the postponement of Texas’ road trip to Lawrence to play the Jayhawks. Three different troubling scenarios now loom for the Longhorns. Scenario one sees Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State in Bedlam on Saturday night and then each win out, Texas beats Iowa State and Kansas State, and then all they have to do in order to enter a three-way tie atop the standings is go on the road the week before the Big 12 Championship Game and beat the Jayhawks.
Texas’ Sam Ehlinger isn’t the only quarterback entering his senior season in the Big 12. Kansas State signal-caller Skylar Thompson, who emerged from both a depth chart battle and a head coaching change as QB1 in Manhattan, has one more year under Chris Klieman to ascend the record books, get his first win versus the Longhorns and contend for a conference title.
Texas head coach Tom Herman was asked Monday what his team was capable of doing in the final month of the season. In typical fashion, Herman responded with a blunt “going 1-0 against Kansas State.” His myopic goal for his team could become more attainable with the return of several players who have missed games due to injury.
After Texas plays LSU, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma over the course of six weeks, which could be the three toughest games they play all year, things really slow down for the Longhorns. The next three games include a home date with Kansas the week after the Red River Shootout, a road trip to the Fort to play TCU, and then back to Austin to host Kansas State.
Texas did what it needed to do in Manhattan on Saturday with a 19-14 win. It was the first victory over Kansas State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium since 2002 and its first 4-game winning streak since 2013. The grades are in.