Kansas Betting Odds Preview
The Jayhawks won the Orange Bowl just seven years ago, but that must seem like a distant memory now for Kansas fans, with five straight bowl-less seasons, the miserable Big 12 campaigns, the blowouts and all the rest.
Charlie Weis was brought in to end all that, but so far hasn't had much in the way of progress. The Jayhawks won three games last year, one in Big 12 play. What will it take to get to six wins and a bowl? Probably another couple of seasons. But will Kansas have enough patience to keep Charlie around that long?
Kansas Odds to Win Big 12: 100/1 at Bovada
Kansas only returned nine starters last year from a team that went 1-11 in 2012, so not a whole lot was expected. The Jayhawks started last year 2-1, and it could have been 3-0, but for a blown lead at Rice. Kansas then lost its first six Big 12 games, only a couple in competitive fashion, although five of those foes went on to bowls. The Jayhawks then snapped a 27-game conference losing streak with a home upset of West Virginia, but couldn't back that up, losing their last two games to Iowa State and Kansas State by a combined score of 65-10 to finish 3-9 SU, 4-8 ATS and 1-8 in the Big 12.
The Jayhawks are now 3-40 SU, 16-27 ATS in Big 12 play the last five seasons.
The year Kansas returns 17 starters, most in the conference. Eight starters are back on offense, including many among a talented set of skill players and three along the offensive line, and nine starters are back on defense.
The Jayhawks averaged just 15 points per game last year, while giving up 32 per game. They have a chance to improve on both those figures this year.
This season's schedule calls for road games at Duke, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas State – good luck with all that – and home dates with Texas, Oklahoma State and TCU. The Jayhawks could start 2-1 or possibly 3-0, but they'd probably still have to win a couple of road games to make a bowl. And Kansas hasn't won a game on the road since 2009.
The Jayhawks should be better, and perhaps Weis has this program headed in the right direction, but it's doubtful that will show up in the W/L columns this season.
Big 12 Championship Odds at Bovada as of August 5
Kansas State 10/1
Oklahoma State 10/1
Texas Tech 20/1
West Virginia 66/1
Iowa State 100/1
The Kansas Jayhawks were a complete disaster in 2012, finishing 1-11 SU thanks only to having an FCS team in South Dakota State to kick off the season against. There is nowhere to go but up for the Jayhawks, but just how much can they improve in one year?
Kansas finished 118th in the nation in points for with 18.3 points per game, 112th in points against allowing 36.1 points per game, and 117th in passing yards with a paltry 148.7 per game. With stats like those, it should come as no surprise that Kansas finished dead-last in the Big 12 with a 1-11 SU and 5-7 ATS record overall with 11 straight losses to end the season.
BYU transfer Jake Heaps takes over the reins at quarterback this season, and the bar has been set so low for him that he can’t possibly disappoint. Once the top quarterback recruit in the country back in 2010, Heaps had a terrible sophomore year at BYU and lost his starting job. Charlie Weis should be able to tap into his potential and get him back on track, leaving some room for optimism here.
If there was any positive to the 2012 season, it was the running game, which finished 22nd in the nation in rushing yards as James Sims and Tony Pierson combined for 1,773 yards and 13 touchdowns. The duo returns this year, and any semblance of a passing game could make them even more dangerous out of the backfield.
The defense has been completely re-tooled with tons of JUCO transfers entering the mix. Losing starters from last year’s porous defense is a good thing, and an influx of new talent plus a potentially better offense should lead to an improvement on defense this year.
The Jayhawks will be bad again this season. But with a strong running game and a new look on defense, there may be enough here for the Jayhawks to steal a game or two if they can catch some teams sleeping.
Big 12 Conference Odds at 5Dimes as of August 11
Oklahoma State +260
Kansas State +1600
Texas Tech +2500
West Virginia +2500
Iowa State +4500