The No. 18 Texas Longhorns have a golden opportunity to end their season on a high note with an upset against the No. 6 Kansas State Wildcats. To do so when starting a backup quarterback, getting pressure on KSU quarterback Collin Klein will be a must for the Texas defense.
Looking to deliver another signature performance when his team needs it most, junior quarterback Case McCoy is the starter for the Longhorns with David Ash struggling with a rib injury. Though McCoy is not the expected problem area for this contest with the conference-worst Texas run defense matching up against the conference's third-best rushing offense.
That said, a Longhorn upset was already unlikely in this matchup but now the Wildcats are coming off a 52-24 beatdown at the hands of Baylor, who spoiled their national championship hopes. And, coming off their bye week, Bill Snyder and his Wildcats have had two weeks to stew over it.
With both teams coming off crushing in-conference losses, this game comes down to preparation and desperation. Especially for Texas, who has to play its absolute best game in order to knock off the Wildcats at home in the cold.
Here are the five ways that the 'Horns can do just that.