Mack Brown and the Longhorns lost their chance at a BCS spot with the loss to TCU, but the coach says now the focus is on trying to win ten games on the season.
Mack calls the TCU game a "missed opportunity". David Ash hurt his ribs in the game and is questionable for Kansas State. Case McCoy is the starter against the Wildcats. Mack says he wants Case to "take care of the ball".
Because Mack Brown does not want to ruin the redshirt seasons of young quarterbacks like Connor Brewer, the punter, Alex King, is the 3rd string quarterback for the Kansas State game. King, a transfer from Duke, was a third string quarterback with the Blue Devils when he first started playing there.
Nine of the ten teams in the Big 12 are bowl eligible, which Mack says show the strength of the conference.
Texas ended the regular season last year with a December game against a Heisman candidate on the road. That was a loss to Baylor. They hope for better luck against Collin Klein and Kansas State.
An interesting situation with the Longhorns and Sooners. Bitter rivals need to root for each other this week. Oklahoma needs Texas to beat Kansas State so OU can win the Big 12 title. Texas needs OU to beat TCU and win a spot in a BCS bowl and the Longhorns may go to the Cotton Bowl.
Another bowl game factor for Texas is Kent State. Kent State is #17 in the BCS rankings, and if they get to #16 and are ahead of a conference champ that is an automatic qualifier, they will get an automatic spot in a BCS bowl. That could push Oklahoma out, and into the Cotton Bowl. That would push Texas to the Alamo Bowl.
Texas and Kansas State kick off at 7pm on Saturday on ABC.