4 reasons why Texas football can dominate K-State in Manhattan

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Quinn Ewers had time to get his mind right coming off the bye week

If Texas can even get a decent performance this weekend out of redshirt freshman quarterback Ewers, that should be more than enough to put this team in a position to come up with a convincing win over Kansas State.

The fact of the matter is that if Ewers had played even a six out of 10 game a couple of weekends ago on the road against Oklahoma State, Texas was going to win by at least two scores. What kept Oklahoma State in that game was the constant overthrows in the second and third quarters and the miscommunication that was consistently going on between Ewers and his receivers.

It was huge for Ewers and the Longhorns to get the bye last week to ready up for a big performance against Kansas State in Week 10. And from what we’ve heard about the way that Ewers is responding in practice in the last week or so after the bad outing against the Pokes, it sounds like he’ll be ready for a bounce-back this weekend in Manhattan.

There will be opportunities for Ewers to gash this Kansas State pass defense. Kansas State likes to play a lot of soft man coverage to try and limit explosive plays.

Leaving the DBs more than five yards off the line of scrimmage pre-snap opens up a lot of opportunities in the short and intermediate passing game. Texas has the speed and depth in numbers to get multiple skill guys out in space to do damage to this Kansas State defense after the catch.

Crossers underneath and some longer-developing glance routes should be able to get the likes of Xavier Worthy and Jordan Whittington open targets with room in space. Quick reads to the flats and corner/out routes for the tight ends can also take advantage of the slower Kansas State linebackers.

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If Sark can scheme up some easy throws early on for Ewers against this 3-3-5 Kansas State defense, that should settle him in and get the offense in rhythm. It will then be up to Ewers and these talented skill players to get synched up consistently in this game to prevent what happened with some of the common mishaps in the Oklahoma State loss.