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Kansas JayhawksRice Owls
Sep 14, 7:30 PM | Turf of Rice Stadium

Kansas Jayhawks vs Rice Owls Odds

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The visiting Jayhawks hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Rice Stadium against the Owls.

The Jayhawks will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 0-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Owls are 1-0 ATS. Kansas is 1-0 on the totals; Rice is 1-0.

View Kansas vs Rice Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Jayhawks were listed as 2-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

Power Rankings / Prediction: It's a betting matchup between the No. 97-rated Owls and the No. 110-ranked Jayhawks, according to the NCAAF Power Rankings here at Odds Shark. Predictive-scoring models run on this game indicate a potential 49-11 result in favor of the Jayhawks.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Rice's No. 61-ranked offense, averaging 31 PPG, against a Jayhawks defense that ranks No. 27 this week at 14 PPG. The Owls aerial game is averaging 203 yards per game, more than the Jayhawks secondary allows through the air, 67 YPG per game.

Last time out for Kansas, they were a 31-14 winner as they battled South Dakota at home. Kansas failed to cover in the match as a 28.5-point favorite, while 45 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Jayhawks grabbed a Week 2 victory over the Coyotes in their last game, winning 31-14 at Memorial Stadium.

Rice lost its last outing, a 52-31 result against Texas A&M on August 31. Rice covered in that game as a 28-point underdog, while the 83 combined points took the game OVER the total. In their last game, Rice got a 107-yard performance from Charles Ross, but Texas A&M prevailed 52-31.

Kansas Jayhawks Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 1-9
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

Rice Owls Trends:
When playing in September are 3-7
When playing on turf are 6-4
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

A few Jayhawks at Owls trends to consider:
Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Kansas is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Kansas is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games
Kansas is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Rice is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Rice is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rice's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Rice's last 6 games

Next up:
Kansas home to Louisiana Tech, Saturday, September 21
Rice home to Houston, Saturday, September 21