Texas football vs. Kansas: Staff predictions for Week 12

Xavier Worthy, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Xavier Worthy, Texas Football Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports /

The final road game of the regular season lies ahead for head coach Steve Sarkisian and Texas football on the afternoon of Nov. 19. Texas will hit the road to travel to Lawrence in Week 12 to face head coach Lance Leipold and the Kansas Jayhawks at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium.

This will be the first time that the Longhorns have faced the Jayhawks on the road in Lawrence since the 2018 season. The 2020 matchup between Texas and Kansas was canceled due to COVID-19 issues.

Texas also has an opportunity to get a win over the Jayhawks for the first time since 2019.

Sark and the Longhorns are coming into this game following a sluggish 17-10 loss at home at the hands of the No. 4 ranked TCU Horned Frogs on Nov. 12. The loss to TCU gives Texas a record of 6-4 (4-3 Big 12) heading into this matchup against Kansas.

Meanwhile, Kansas comes into this game with a record of 6-4 (3-4 Big 12) following a convincing 43-28 loss on the road at the hands of the Texas Tech Red Raiders on Nov. 12. Kansas has lost four of its last five games heading into Week 12.

According to the ESPN Football Power Index, Texas has a 77.0 percent chance of beating Kansas in this game.

Here’s a look at the staff predictions for Hook’em Headlines as Texas gets set to face Kansas on the road in Lawrence on Nov. 19, with the kickoff time set for 2:30 p.m. CT.

Hook’em Headlines staff picks for Texas football vs. Kansas

Andrew Miller

I did my pick for the game earlier in the week. This is a game that should challenge the Longhorns, depending on how the quarterback situation plays out for the Jayhawks. Texas bounces back with a close one-score win on the road.

Score Prediction: Texas-28, Kansas-24

Shane Black

Although we’ve thrown around this term a lot this season, I truly believe Saturday’s game in Lawrence is a must-win for Coach Steve Sarkisian and this Texas program.

Finishing the season 8-4 (potentially 9-4 with a bowl victory) is a perfect catapult into year three of the Sarkisian era. Despite their recent offensive struggles, I expect Texas to be able to move the ball with consistency against the Jayhawks.

Kansas has been susceptible to the big play, allowing fans to hold out hope that the deep connection from Quinn Ewers to Xavier Worthy hits home on Saturday.

I do think the Jayhawks, led by running back Devin Neal, will be able to move the ball on this Texas defense. That said, unless we see some very fluky turnover luck, I expect the Horns to win this game by two scores.

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Score Prediction: Texas-37, Kansas-24

Tarik LaCour

Score Prediction: Texas-28, Kansas-17

Connor Ferrill

Score Prediction: Texas-28, Kansas-17