Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Unit Comparison: Texas v. Kansas State

It's revenge time. Last year, the Kansas State Wildcats dashed the Longhorn's national championship hopes, with an upset in Manhattan, KS. Colt McCoy went down on the opening drive, but the Texas defense cost the Horns the game with their inability to stop the big play (specifically the halfback pass. Kansas State won 45-42. With that behind us, lets look forward to the game this Saturday with a unit by unit comparison.

The Post game mob scene in 2006

Quarterback- When it comes to the best Big 12 QBs, look no further than Colt McCoy. Last, against Rice, Colt finally got the take the reigns of an opened up, high power offense. He passed for 333 yards and 3 TDs. KSU's Josh Freeman has played better in his sophomore year, but has still shown a penchant for making mistakes. He has thrown 4 INTs while only connecting to 2 TDs. ADV: TEXAS

Running back- Jamaal Charles leads the Big 12 with 471 rushing yards and 6 TDs. His backup Chris Ogbonnaya has also proven to be a hard runner. With the great showing of freshman John Chiles and Vondrell McGee, it seems like Texas has an unlimited amount of rushing weapons. James Johnson leads KSU with 80 yards/game and 4 TDs. ADV: TEXAS

Wide Receivers- Texas finally got to open up the passing game, and go deep against Rice. Sweed has over 100 yards and 2 TDs. Nate Jones has been a pleasant surprise while Quan Cosby and Jermichael Finely have been consistent pass catchers. Jordy Nelson is the go-to guy for the Wildcats. He has 127 yds/game with a TD. But he is the only real threat. ADV: TEXAS.

Offensive Line- Texas has taken their share of criticism this year, but the fact is that Jamaal Charles leads the Big 12 in rushing and Colt has only been sacked 4 times. The huge holes are not always there, but they haven't really been pushed around much this year and were able to hold their own against TCU. KSU averages only 1 pt less than Texas per game, but the Wildcats are 8th of 12 in the Big 12 in rushing yards. However, Josh Freeman has only been sacked 2 times. The 'Cats average about 20 yards less per game than Texas. ADV: PUSH

Defensive Line- Texas has given up 34 rushing yards per game, but K State has given up only 36 themselves. In 4 games Texas has given up 5 rushing TDs, while K State has only given up 1. The line is the strength of the Texas defense, as it is for K State. Both have shut down their opponents on the ground. Last week Texas held Rice to -11 rushing yards. Texas has the bigger names, but the stats don't lie. ADV: PUSH

Linebackers- For Texas, it almost depends on who is getting the most playing time. If Norton, Kindle and Muckleroy are seeing the field, Texas has a bit of an advantage on KSU. If Derry, Bobino and Killebrew are there, then it seems like more of a push. Ian Campbell is the leader for the Wildcat LBs and 11 tackles and 3.5 TFL. The K State defense is good and the linebackers are a big part of that. So since the answer depends on the linebacker rotation... ADV: PUSH

Defensive Backs- What Texas fans thought was going to be the worst part of the year, has actually turned into a decent part of the team. While Texas has given up 226 yards through the air, some of that has come at the end of games during mop up time. But Texas has struggled at times. Arkansas State's QB was able to pass for big yards, as was UCF. K State, on the other hand has given up only 190 yards through the air, per game. To be fair, KSU did play San Jose State and Missouri State, so their gaudy defensive stats are a bit suspect and Texas will provide a significant upgrade in challenges. ADV: TEXAS

Special Teams- Ryan Bailey is cashing in on that scholarship he earned after last season, going 10-12 on the year. He almost single-handedly won the UCF game for Texas, kicking 6 FGs. The Texas return games have been decent, but not huge. Leon Patton is averaging 26 yds/kick return and in his 2 punt returns, Jordy Nelson has averaged 41 yards. KSU kicker, Brooks Rossman is 6-6 on FG for the year. Oh yeah, and Texas does not have to deal with Yamon Figures this year (126 yds, 2 TD) ADV: TEXAS

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