Despite all the talk about Mack Brown's job security, the Texas Longhorns have bounced back from a 1-2 start to win four games in a row, including a big win over Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout. On Saturday the Longhorns are likely to make it five in a row when they take on Kansas, keeping them in the Big 12 title hunt.
Kansas has only one win over an FBS team this season, and that came by a slim three-point margin. Still, the Jayhawks have already doubled their win total from a year ago, which counts as some form of progress.
KU has been a mess on both sides of the ball, providing little resistance to the Big 12's best teams thus far.
Rankings and records: Texas comes in at 5-2 (4-0), unranked in the major polls. Kansas is also unranked, and stands at 2-5 (0-4).
Vegas: Texas opened as a 27-point favorite. The over/under has been set at 62.
Weather: It'll be sunny with a high of 76 in Austin.
Three names to know
Case McCoy -- While David Ash continues to recover from a head injury he sustained in September, McCoy will keep running the show for the Longhorns. He's generally been effective, though he is coming off a two-interception performance against TCU. Texas, nonetheless, won that game comfortably, and it won't need McCoy to be perfect against KU, either.
Jake Heaps/Montell Cozart -- Heaps had the KU quarterback job to start the year, but as the season progressed and he struggled, the Jayhawks decided to start rotating in Cozart. Some mix of the two is likely against the Longhorns, though how effective either will be is anybody's guess.
Jackson Jeffcoat -- The Texas defensive lineman leads the Big 12 with six sacks this season and ranks third with 9.5 tackles for loss. He's on pace to surpass his career high of eight sacks, which he set back in 2011.
Two things at stake
Texas' unblemished start to league play has it tied for first with Baylor; the Longhorns have plenty of challenges ahead of them still, including the Bears, so they can ill afford to drop a game to one of Big 12's worst teams. One more victory is all the Longhorns need to get bowl eligible, but they're obviously thinking a little bigger than that at this point.
Kansas has not been mathematically eliminated from bowl eligibility, but it's not likely the Jayhawks will get there. They're playing the role of spoiler now, and at least in that sense, they could have a say in who wins the conference championship.
How to witness
TV: Longhorn Network, 3:30 p.m. ET
Online streaming: LonghornNetwork.com
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