AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Longhorns go on the road again after a successful three-game home stand against Tulsa, USC, and TCU. No. 18 ranked UT will ride its three-game win streak into Manhattan, Kansas when they take on the Kansas State Wildcats.
The Wildcats lost on the road at No. 12 ranked West Virginia 35-6 before hosting the Longhorns and boast a 2-2 record on the season. Texas, on the other hand, have defeated two straight ranked opponents at home (37-14 versus USC and 31-16 against TCU), but lost its only other road game against Maryland to begin the season.
Kick off for Texas-Kansas State is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT on Saturday Sept. 29.
UT PICK 'EM STANDINGS
So, after UT defeated TCU (ranked No. 17 at the time) 31-16, let's take a look at the KVUE UT pick em standings:
Mike Barnes -- 2-0
Bryan Mays -- 2-0
Shawn Clynch -- 1-1
Paul Livengood -- 1-1
Hank Cavagnaro -- 1-1
Tim Ryan -- 1-1
Andrew McKibbin -- 0-1 ***(McKibbin was on vacation for the first pick)***
Jay Wallis -- 0-2
KVUE STAFF PICKS ITS UT-KANSAS STATE WINNER
Now, the KVUE staff members made their picks for the Texas-Kansas State game. This is what they predicted:
Mike Barnes, KVUE Sports Director:
Texas 38, Kansas State 13.
Manhattan, Kansas has been a Bermuda Triangle for the Longhorns in past years, but the Wildcats will make it look more like Utopia for Texas in 2018. K-State doesn’t have the offense or defense to hang with the Horns. 38-13, Texas.
Shawn Clynch, KVUE Sports Reporter:
Texas 33, Kansas State 24.
On paper, Texas should roll in this one while on the brink of the program’s first four-game winning streak since 2013 -- Mack Brown’s final season.
The Longhorns have a ton of momentum on both sides of the ball. Meanwhile, K-State is a mess, coming off a 35-6 loss at West Virginia.
Press pause, Bill Snyder is the hall of fame head coach of the Wildcats and KSU is 10-8 vs Texas since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996. The alarming stat: Texas is 1-7 vs Kansas State in Manhattan. In other words, the Wildcats play their best games against Texas or figure out how to play well when the Horns are in town.
But, history and records change. I do think whatever issues the Wildcats are currently experiencing with Snyder will magically disappear Saturday afternoon. Still though, Texas will survive and head to Dallas to face OU with a 4-1 record.
Longhorns win, 33-24.
Paul Livengood, KVUE Digital Sports Producer/Digital Desk Editor:
Texas 35, Kansas State 17.
The Longhorns do not have a good history in the Big Apple as of late. However, the tide is turning. Texas is confident and possesses a ton of momentum heading into this matchup with the Wildcats. The Longhorns have defeated two straight ranked opponents and will handle the Wildcats with ease in this one. Ever since throwing two picks in game one versus Maryland, sophomore quarterback Sam Ehlinger has been a perfect 6-0 in touchdown to interception ratio in the past three games. Texas will get a much needed win to add to the streak before the team plays arguably its biggest game of the season against No. 6 Oklahoma the following week.
Bryan Mays, KVUE Daybreak Anchor:
Texas 38, Kansas State 13.
Kansas state's offense has struggled, while the Longhorns defense has been opportunistic. Texas forced four turnovers in the win against TCU last weekend and I see that trend continuing this week. Sam Ehlinger has really taken care of the football in the last two victories over USC and TCU. He's making good decisions and taking advantage of his playmakers on the outside, Colin Johnson and Lil'Jordan Humphrey. Those two wide receivers are going to both have big days against K-State. The win will set up a huge showdown in Dallas the following week against Oklahoma.
Hank Cavagnaro, KVUE News Reporter:
Texas 41, Kansas State 20
Just remember, this is the Kansas State team that almost lost to South Dakota week one and then was embarrassed 35-6 by West Virginia. I know we’re only a few years removed from when K-State was nationally relevant, but coach Snyder would need a lot of magic to pull this one off and I just don’t think it’s going to be there, even with the history of UT and K-State in Manhattan.
Jay Wallis, KVUE News Reporter:
Texas 30, Kansas State 13.
The Longhorns have finally put together back-to-back solid performances against two quality opponents. (Well, we still have to see with USC.) Even though the Wildcats were never expected to be in the upper half of the Big 12 this season, I still look at Texas as a team that can truly beat anyone... but also truly lose to anyone. They have to travel to Manhattan, Kansas and shouldn't take that home crowd lightly. These past few weeks have felt great for UT, but this program has a long way to go until we can all trust them to show up every week. I will say, though, they have started to rebuild that trust, especially on the defensive end of the field. With the number of star athletes on TCU and explosive plays in their playbook, holding the Horned Frogs to 16 points is a huge statement. Linebacker Gary Johnson has been the force of the front seven -- and with a Kansas State offense that will want to run the ball as much as their backs can take it, Johnson needs to continue racking up tackles. I expect the senior to continue making big plays and keep the Wildcats in check. The Longhorns have not had a winning streak longer than three games since 2013. It might not sound like a long time, but for this program, it's an eternity. That drought will be over on Saturday.
Tim Ryan, KVUE News Director:
Texas 33, Kansas State 32.
First, I’ve learned my lesson after picking UT to lose to USC. I won’t make that mistake again, unless they start losing. The team is clearly good and getting better. They’ll break the Curse of the Little Apple and win one in Manhattan for the first time since 2002. Why 33-32? I’m not smart enough to explain how K-State gets to 26 points, but they do. Then the Wildcats score a late touchdown and try to win the game with a two point conversion, but it fails. Huge controversy because you always play for the tie at home expecting to win in overtime. ESPN ends up talking about it for six months.
Andrew McKibbin, KVUE Dayside Executive Producer:
Texas 31, Kansas State 16.
The Longhorns have a lot of momentum after three straight wins, which they should ride to a win over K-State. Manhattan can be a tough place to play, but the Wildcats don’t seem to have the firepower this year to make an upset seem all that likely.
OTHER COLLEGE AND HS PICKS BY CLYNCH AND MAYS
Clynch and Mays also predicted some other college football games as well as the local high school games on their Football Friday show on Facebook. Watch here: