MANHATTAN, Kansas -

Kansas State linebacker Tre Walker was still wiping away the sweat dripping from his brow in the minutes after a thorough dismantling of Massachusetts when his focus shifted to Texas.
    
The Wildcats knocked off the Longhorns in their regular-season finale last year to wrap up the Big 12 title, and now open defense of it with a return trip to Austin on Saturday night.
    
The Wildcats have won five straight in the series, several of them in lopsided fashion.
    
They're also catching the Longhorns at a good time. Texas was run over by BYU two weeks ago, had a shakeup in its coaching staff and then was routed by Ole Miss on Saturday night.
    
According to Walker, Texas "kicks off our season no matter where we are in our schedule."