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Big 12 football: Texas badly needs a win, but it won't be easy to get one against Kansas State

Too bad Kansas State is the team that comes to Austin on Saturday night. The Wildcats have developed a stunning mastery of the Longhorns, winning five straight in the series.
by Berry Tramel Published: September 20, 2013
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Texas football needs a victory in the worst of ways, with a two-game losing streak and the fans revolting and regents talking to Nick Saban's agent.

Too bad Kansas State is the team that comes to Austin on Saturday night. The Wildcats have developed a stunning mastery of the Longhorns, winning five straight in the series. And it's not just that KSU is taking advantage of depleted UT teams or its coaching advantage with Bill Snyder.

The Kansas State winning streak includes two wins when Ron Prince coached the 'Cats and three years when K-State was mediocre at best — 7-6 in 2006, 5-7 in 2007 and 7-6 in 2010.

Now KSU has a chance to extend its winning streak and Mack Brown's misery. And while Texas seems in free fall, the Wildcats have some problems themselves, with a loss to North Dakota State already on the ledger.

So Texas' funky mix of great tradition and recent woeful play meets K-State's funky mix of a mediocre team with recent dominance of the Longhorns.

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by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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