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No. 15 Texas returns to basics in preparation for Kansas

After being shelved by an elbow injury, linebacker Juwan Mitchell has been cleared to play Saturday against Kansas (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Contributing Writer

AUSTIN, Texas — Halfway into the 2019 college football season, both No. 15-ranked Texas and Kansas are about where pundits expected them to be after six games. But the Longhorns and Jayhawks will have plenty to prove, and improve on, when they meet  Saturday evening in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns (4-2 overall, 2-1 in Big 12 play) have flirted with being really good, losing only to then-No. 6 LSU (ranked No. 2 in the latest Associated Press poll) in week 2, and fifth-ranked Oklahoma last week, both by just seven points.

But the loss to OU exposed

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .