Kansas State got more respect from the College Football Playoff committee than it did from the coaches this week, coming in at No. 16 in the first CFP rankings released on Tuesday while sitting at No. 22 in the Coaches Poll. Unranked in both was Texas, which will be trying to bounce back from another tough loss when it hosts the Wildcats on Saturday.
Kansas State made a big statement with its 48-41 win over Oklahoma on Oct. 26 and avoided a letdown with a 38-10 victory at Kansas last week to extend its winning streak to three straight following a pair of losses to begin Big 12 play. "I just think our guys are getting better as the weeks have gone on," Wildcats coach Chris Klieman told reporters. "That's what we talked about even back in here when we were in September, is we really believe the longer they're in these systems, offensively and defensively - our players as well as our coaches knowing our personnel - that we're going to continue to improve. Now it's just kind of the next game up. It's another big game." The Longhorns got last week off to assess what went wrong in the last three games, which includes a pair of losses sandwiched around a 50-48 home win over Kansas. Texas allowed an average of 505 yards in the three games but is expected to get several injured players back after the bye, including safeties B.J. Foster and Caden Sterns.
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, ESPN. LINE: Texas -7
ABOUT KANSAS STATE (6-2, 3-2 Big 12): The Wildcats rushed for 342 yards in last week's 38-10 drubbing of Kansas, with quarterback Skylar Thompson's 127 yards and three TDs on the ground leading the way. Thompson owns eight rushing scores during the three-game winning streak, but Kansas State isn't counting on the rushing yards coming as easily this weekend. "We'll have our hands full making sure that we protect Skylar (Thompson)," Klieman told reporters. "We have to be able to run the football some. Are they going to allow us to rush the football like we did last week? Probably not. So, we have to find some ways to be creative and be efficient in the passing game."
ABOUT TEXAS (5-3, 3-2): Keeping the Longhorns in games while the defense struggles is the offense led by quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was named a semifinalist for the Wuerffel Trophy, which is given annually to the player that best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement. Ehlinger's achievements on the field include 23 touchdowns and seven interceptions, though four of those picks came in last week's 37-27 setback at TCU. Ehlinger could have another weapon available on offense in freshman running back Jordan Whittington, who suffered a groin injury in the season opener but is back at practice and probable for Saturday.
1. Texas WR Devin Duvernay owns 16 catches for 283 yards and three TDs in the last two games.
2. Kansas State DB AJ Parker (ankle) is not expected to play Saturday.
3. The Longhorns took the last two meetings, including a 19-14 victory at the Wildcats last season.
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- Red Shirtout for season | out
Thompson has decided to use the 2019 campaign as a redshirt year due to a foot injury.
- HerniaQues Sat | questionable
Whittington is on the mend from sports hernia surgery, and he continues to be bothered by inflammation. It is unknown if he will return to action against Baylor on Saturday.
- HamstringQues Sat | questionable
Johnson missed the last game due to a hamstring injury, and it is undetermined if he will be on the field Saturday versus Baylor.
- LegDoub Sat | doubtful
Cook is not expected to face Baylor on Saturday due to a leg injury.
- PersonalQues Sat | questionable
Eagles is tending to a personal matter, and it is unclear if he will rejoin the lineup Saturday versus Baylor.
- ShoulderQues Sat | questionable
McCulloch is nursing a shoulder injury, and it remains to be seen if he will face Baylor on Saturday.
- AnkleQues Sat | questionable
Brewer has sat out the previous two games with an ankle injury, and it has yet to be established if he will play Saturday against Baylor.
- BackQues Sat | questionable
Overshown has missed the last two games due to neck and back injuries. It is unclear if he will play against Iowa State on Saturday.
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- HeadProb Sat | probable
Gill sat out the last game with a head injury, but it is likely that he will be in the lineup Saturday versus Texas Tech.
- UndisclosedQues Sat | questionable
Parker has an unspecified injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against Texas Tech.
- AnkleProb Sat | probable
Brown is projected to be in Saturday's lineup versus Texas Tech despite a nagging ankle injury.
- AnkleQues Sat | questionable
Gilbert is battling an ankle injury, and it is unknown if he will be available against Texas Tech on Saturday.
- Kneeout for season | out
Wheeler suffered a torn ACL, ending his season.
- Lower BodyProb Sat | probable
Gilbert missed the last game due to a lower-body injury, but it is projected that he will take the field Saturday against West Virginia.
- LegProb Sat | probable
Brown is dealing with a leg ailment, but he is expected to be a participant in Saturday's game versus West Virginia.
- FootQues Sat | questionable
Parker missed the last game with a right foot injury, and it is unclear if he will play Saturday against West Virginia.
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