When ThePostGame first asked me to break down why Kansas State will beat Texas on Saturday, I was thinking it might be more appropriate to not be so sure about the Wildcats and write about why Kansas State should or even could beat Texas this Saturday. Then I thought about the clinic the Longhorns have been giving on how to get blown off the line of scrimmage and not tackle, I realize the notion that the Wildcats could drop this game is as fanciful as Greg Robinson overseeing an effective defense.
This was supposed to be the year of the Texas revival. Returning starters all over the field, a healthy backfield, and too many four and five star recruits to be held back. Then, the Longhorns headed out to Provo, gave up 550 yards rushing and were defeated 40-21. Last weekend was supposed to be different: The game against BYU was delayed almost two hours due to rain. Against Ole Miss, however, Texas would be at home in dry conditions to showcase its speed. Well, the Rebels only managed 272 yards on the ground en route to a 44-23 victory.
Kansas State is giving away motivation to the Longhorns. During Big 12 Media Days this summer, linebacker Tre Walker delivered this gem in reference to last year’s game: "They kind of laid down a little bit. That's nothing to say about their character. That's just what they do." Maybe it’s bad juju. In late 2009, Texas University’s Faculty Council actually met to consider a resolution denouncing Mack Brown’s salary increase, which had just topped $5 million altogether. With five wins the following season, that equaled an impressive million per win.
Wildcat coach Bill Snyder? I’m not even sure he cares about earning enough for a new wardrobe, as he’s been sporting the same Cotton Bowl and Holiday Bowl jackets for every game I watch. Walker questioned Texas’s toughness, but that wasn’t the first time the program’s mettle has doubted. Earlier this season in the game against Louisiana-Lafayette, Snyder was spotted wandering the sidelines in a purple jacket while temperatures soared into the triple digits. He wanted his players to know that no one gets to complain about the heat, no one lays down - now that’s leadership.
What’s it all mean? First of all, the citizens of Austin are about to learn the name Daniel Sams; K-State’s electrifying quarterback will find his name on the scoreboard all day long. Secondly, the Wildcats will blow out the Longhorns. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, because I’ve watched it the past five times these two teams have met on the field. And seven of the past nine. Oil money may buy happiness, but apparently it can’t buy wins. The Wildcats are the only Big 12 team with a winning record against Texas, and were actually declared the Texas State Champions in 2011 (it was printed on a shirt and sold by the thousands around Aggieville, so I’m pretty sure that makes it official).