Kansas State Looks To Clinch Big 12 Title Against Texas

By: Willie Bee | Thursday, November 29, 2012

Texas Longhorns at Kansas State Wildcats
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12/01/2012 at 8:00 p.m. (ET)
Opening Lines: KSU -10½, O/U 63½
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Television: ABC

Texas Longhorns: Coach Mack Brown and the Longhorns (8-3 straight-up, 5-6 against the spread) come off a 20-13 loss on Thanksgiving night to the TCU Horned Frogs, who were getting seven points in Austin. Texas coughed the ball up four times, including two picks thrown by starting quarterback David Ash before Case McCoy relieved him. McCoy will get the starting nod this Saturday in Manhattan despite not faring much better than Ash vs. the Horned Frogs. The Texas defense has been vulnerable to the run this season, allowing over 201 yards per game on the ground, which ranks 105th. That doesn't bode well against a KSU squad that is churning up 202 yards per game rushing, 28th in the nation. The 'Horns are searching for their first win in Manhattan since 2002, and their first triumph over the Wildcats since a victory in Austin in 2003.

Kansas State Wildcats: The Big 12 title is on the line for Bill Snyder's Wildcats (10-1 SU, 8-2-1 ATS), who last won the conference crown in 2003. A win Saturday, or an Oklahoma loss, would send Kansas State to the Fiesta Bowl, where the likely opponent would be Oregon. The 'Cats saw their national title hopes dashed a couple of weeks ago in Waco, where they suffered their first loss of the season to Baylor, 52-24 as 12-point favorites. Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein threw three interceptions in the game, and the Bears stonewalled the KSU running game while running wild on the K-State defense. The three turnovers were definitely out of character for the Wildcats, who had given it away just six times going into the game, and currently lead the nation with a +20 turnover margin on the season. Kansas State has covered all eight meetings with Texas as Big 12 opponents, and three of the last four clashes have skipped "over" the total.

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