And along comes Christopher Matthew Vaughn II, to kick some sand and dirt, and whatever else is loose on the ground, at the woebegone Longhorns of Texas.
UT has dropped six in a row for the first time since 1956, but that’s not an all-time losing skein for the Horns. It hit eight that season, which they recorded in 1938, too.
Texas alums have long detested losing football games, but hopefully they don’t treat first-year coach Steve Sarkisian like they did the last guy who experienced such poor results.
But any light at the end of the tunnel is dim. Among the 130 Division-I football programs, only Nebraska is ranked below Texas in Luck, according to TeamRankings.com.
It could be a rough home environment that comes across the FOX national TV cameras, and Vaughn is the reason why we predict continued ignominy for the home team. Oddsmakers at the majority of books including BetMGM have Texas -3.
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Kansas State Wildcats (7-4, 7-4 ATS)
Vaughn is best known as Deuce, and he’s a bulldozer of a coupe.
A year ago at home, in his freshman season, Deuce ran 10 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns against Texas, but Kansas State got splattered, 69-31, all over the Little Apple.
The 5-foot-6 tailback has been revving up for some revenge. In his past five games, he has scored 10 times—nine on the ground and once through the air.
In his past four, Deuce has rattled off 520 rushing yards and tallied seven touchdowns. If he goes for about 150 against Texas, and that’s plausible, he will control the game for the Wildcats.
The Texas rush defense ranks among the bottom 20th-percentile in the country, allowing 5.1 yards per rush. And in their past three games, the Wildcats have gained an average of 5.7 yards per run, 14th best in the country.
K-State has covered four of its past five games.
Texas Longhorns (4-7, 4-7 ATS)
That 1956 season began with a victory, then the Horns lost their final eight games. After the fourth defeat, coach Ed Price—who’d seen his likeness hung in effigy three times around campus—had seen enough and resigned.
He had the services of only four seniors, and two had missed considerable time with injuries. Texas had also lost eight in a row to begin its 1938 campaign.
When Price departed, the program’s brain trust “settled,” according to one report, for Darrell K Royal, whose name adorns the Longhorns’ stadium. Royal never experienced a losing season in 20 years as the Texas coach.
His lone .500 finish came in his exit campaign, of 1976, when the Horns were 5-5-1. Royal won two mythical national titles, with another eight top-six national finishes.
After this losing streak hit five, Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote in a weekly newsletter that nobody was more upset about the current state of affairs than Sarkisian and his players.
“None of us expected what we’re up against now,” wrote Del Conte. “But that’s why we hired him and a tremendous staff, to allow us to build a foundation for long-term success.”
Ah, the fine art of turning lemons into lemonade.
Texas had been 4-1 when the wheels fell off, which was triggered by Oklahoma’s ferocious 55-48 comeback victory. The Horns even suffered a 57-56 home defeat to lowly Kansas. Their average losing score in the six losses has been 39-30.
Kansas State Vs. Texas Pick
It’s expected to be mostly cloudy at kickoff, a temperature of 55 degrees rising to 60 by the end, with no rain or wind issues. Which means, superb conditions for Deuce Vaughn to run rampant and extend the Texas losing streak.
Two of our models have K-State winning by one and six points, respectively, so getting points as an underdog is a luxury for the Wildcats.
Our Pick: Kansas State +3 (PointsBet)