Betting line favors Mountaineers over Jayhawks
Kansas Jayhawks vs West Virginia Mountaineers Odds
The 6-5 West Virginia Mountaineers will try to ice down a bowl bid when they host the 1-10 Kansas Jayhawks Saturday afternoon (2:30 pm ET).
In early betting action the Mountaineers, who just snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory over Iowa State, were favored by 20 points over Coach Weis' Jayhawks, who haven't yet beaten an FBS team this season.
Betting Line: Oddsmakers at 5Dimes opened the Mountaineers as 21.5-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check the college football odds link for the latest on the over under)..
Power Rankings / Prediction: The Mountaineers - Jayhawks odds would favor the Mountaineers if the lines were set according to power ranks. West Virginia is rated No. 35 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Jayhawks sit at No. 63. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 33-18 win for the Mountaineers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up West Virginia's No. 14-ranked offense (40 PPG) against a Jayhawks defense that ranks No. 102 at 34 PPG. The Mountaineers passing attack has averaged 334.9 yards per game, more than the Jayhawks give up through the air (278.5 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Jayhawks feature the league's No. 87-rated road run defense, allowing 204.2 yards per game. West Virginia, meanwhile, ranks No. 46 in rushing offense at home.
Kansas was a 51-23 loser in their most recent outing at home against Iowa State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (74) made winners of OVER bettors. Kansas didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Cyclones as Iowa State blasted them 51-23 in Week 12 action.
Last time out for West Virginia, they were a 31-24 winner as they battled Iowa State on the road. West Virginia covered in the match as a 3-point favorite, while 55 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. In their last game, West Virginia got a 130-yard performance from Shawne Alston as a key part of its 31-24 win over Iowa State.
Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing in December are 3-1
When playing on turf are 1-9
After being outgained are 0-10
When playing within the conference are 0-10
West Virginia Mountaineers Trends:
When playing in December are 7-3
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 7-3
When playing within the conference are 5-5
A few Jayhawks at Mountaineers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas's last 6 games on the road
Kansas is 4-15 ATS in its last 19 games on the road
Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of West Virginia's last 12 games at home
West Virginia is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games at home
West Virginia is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
West Virginia is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games