6* National TV Annihilator on Texas -171
Kansas State vs. Texas,
09/21/2013 20:00 EDT,
Score: 21 - 31
Money Line: -171 Texas
6* National TV Annihilator on Texas -171 (note: I like Texas to cover the spread but am taking it on the ML for insurance)
The Key: Motivated by back-to-back double-digit defeats, and further fueled by 5 consecutive losses to Kansas State, Texas will be lacking no motivation when it takes the field Saturday night. While national title hopes are likely out the window, the Longhorns, who entered the season with big expectations, are still gunning for a Big 12 title. No matter what has happened to this point, I can assure you Texas' 19 returning starters have not forgotten the beating it took at K-State last season. Even if David Ash can't go, Texas will be able to move the football comfortably on a K-State stop unit that brought back just 2 starters. Defense has been the biggest issue for Texas so far, but there is too much talent on that side of the football for poor play to continue. At a certain point, it comes down to how bad the players "want it", and I'm confident they'll want it against the Wildcats. Texas outgained K-State last season, and that squad was much better offensively with Collin Klein at the controls. K-State has won by doing the little things, but it's on the road and giving up a ton of talent to a motivated side. Texas is on a 9-2 ATS run when it checks into a game off a home defeat of 10 points or more. Take Texas.