Jayhawks open as underdog vs Bears
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Coach Art Briles might have a monster in the creation down in Waco, leading his Baylor Bears to a 6-0 start and a No. 8 ranking in the first BCS standings of the season.
BU now takes it's high-flying show on the road for a Big 12 battle with 2-4 Kansas in Manhattan Saturday night (7 pm ET, ESPNU).
The Bears just put up 71 points on Iowa State, the fourth time this year they've hit the 70-point mark! They're also 5-1 ATS on the season, covering spreads of 29, 29, 30, 30 and 33 points.
Charlie Weis' Jayhawks, on the other hand, have lost three in a row, although they've given TCU and Oklahoma good games the last two weeks, covering as dogs of 24 and 21 points.
As of early this week Baylor, which has won the last three games in this series, was favored by 35 points over KU.
Supporters of the Bears have seen them go 6-0 and 5-1 ATS so far this season, while the Jayhawks are at 2-4 and 2-4 ATS. In totals betting, the Jayhawks are 3-3, while the Bears are 5-1.
On the opening line for this matchup, the Jayhawks sat as 35.5-point underdogs, according to 5Dimes. The total, meanwhile, had not been posted early in the week, so check the lines pages for the latest.
This game matches up the No. 117 (Jayhawks) and the No. 3 (Bears) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAF Power Rankings at OddsShark. A 74-21 result in favor of the Bears is predicted by handicapping models.
James Sims ran through the Oklahoma defense for 129 yards in Kansas's last game, but the Jayhawks still lost a 34-19 decision at Memorial Stadium.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Kansas's No. 113-ranked offense (18.33 PPG) against a Bears defense that ranks No. 7 at 16.17 PPG. The Jayhawks passing attack has averaged 157.83 yards per game, less than the Bears give up through the air (181.17 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Bears feature the league's No. 121-rated road run defense, allowing 327 yards per game. Kansas, meanwhile, ranks No. 81 in rushing offense at home.
A few Bears at Jayhawks trends to consider:
Baylor is 5-0-1 SU in its last 6 games
Baylor is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Baylor is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games on the road
Baylor is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Kansas is 4-20-1 SU in its last 25 games
Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Kansas is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Kansas's last 5 games at home
Baylor at Oklahoma, Saturday, November 9th
Kansas at Texas, Saturday, November 2nd