It's been an awful year for Texas football. Sitting at 4-5 with a 4 game losing streak, Texas is staring the possibility of not being bowl eligible for the first time since 2016, a season that cost Charlie Strong his job.
The good news is that Texas can avoid that fate. They play the two worst teams in the Big 12 in back to back weeks. That starts with a game against Kansas tonight.
Oddsmakers love Texas against Kansas. The Longhorns are 31 point favorites, and they aren't even given a moneyline against Kansas. That's how confident oddsmakers are that Texas will win. The lack of a moneyline is usually held off for sure things. FBS teams against FCS teams, top-25 teams against bad out of conference competition. To see a team with a losing record treated that way is very rare, and shows what oddsmakers really think of Kansas.
Texas and Kansas have played each other 19 times in their history. Texas has won 16 of those games. This rivalry has been dominated by Texas for a long time.
Kansas won the first two games these teams played in 1901 and 1938. Since then, Texas is 16-1 against Kansas. That one Kansas win came in 2016, or the last time Texas missed out on a bowl game.
So, while Texas has dominated this rivalry, it is worth noting this wouldn't be the first time a disappointing Texas season involved a loss to Kansas.
Texas has to take Kansas seriously. Kansas showed Oklahoma just what happens when you don't take them seriously. Kansas has the talent to play with the rest of the Big 12, the coaching and consistency isn't there though, and that makes people overlook the talent on the roster.
Texas should dominate this game. Anything else is unacceptable.