The #14 overall Texas Longhorns (8-3) travel to Lawrence on Friday for an afternoon showdown with the Kansas Jayhawks (3-8). Kickoff is set for 12:00 PM EST at Memorial Stadium and the game will be broadcast on FS1.
Taking a look at the Week 13 college football odds, Texas opened as a 15-point road favorite earlier this week. That line has yet to move at all after early betting, as the Longhorns are currently listed at -15. The total for the game is sitting at 50.5 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Kansas vs Texas
Texas won their second straight game last weekend, beating a solid Iowa State team 24-10 to improve to 8-3 on the season overall. The Longhorns played fantastic on defense, limiting the Cyclones to just 210 total yards and forcing two turnovers. They also had a solid game on offense, racking up 405 total yards. QB Sam Ehlinger was very efficient, going 12 of 15 for 137 yards and a touchdown. Shane Buechele also played well, going 10 of 10 for 89 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Tre Watson and Keaontay Ingram combined for 190 yards and a touchdown. WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey led the way for the receiving corps, posting a solid 7-86-1 stat line. As a whole, Texas is currently averaging 32.4 points per game (41st overall).
The Longhorns have been just above average on the other side of the ball, holding opponents to 25.9 points per game (56th overall). However, they have really struggled against the pass so far this season, giving up an alarming 264.5 yards per game through the air (108th overall).
Kansas dropped to 3-8 on the season last weekend after a hard-fought 55-40 loss against the #6 overall Oklahoma Sooners. The Jayhawks really put in a solid effort against a much more talented Sooners team, posting over 500 yards of total offense. QB Peyton Bender completed 19 of his 27 attempts for 167 yards, while RB Pooka Williams found the end zone on a short nine yard pass. Williams almost single-handedly kept Kansas in the game with a fantastic performance on the ground, rushing for 252 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries. RB Khali Hebert also played well, running for 64 yards and two touchdowns. Overall, the offense is currently averaging just 24.5 points per game (99th overall).
The Jayhawks haven’t been all that great defensively through their first eleven games, allowing opponents to score an average of 30.5 points per game (84th overall). They have struggled the most against the pass, giving up 255.2 yards per game through the air (101st overall).
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Texas -15
I know that Kansas really played quite well against Oklahoma last weekend, especially on the ground where they racked up over 300 yards rushing. However, I can’t help but think they might have a bit of a letdown against Texas here in Week 13 after being less than a week removed from playing in such an emotional game. It really looked like the Jayhawks left it all on the field in Week 12, so I’m unsure how much they’ll have left in the tank on Friday. Texas still has a lot to play for, as they have an opportunity to keep moving up the AP Top 25 rankings.
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The Jayhawks are only 5-10 ATS over their last fifteen meetings with Texas. They are also just 2-3 ATS in their five home games so far this season. Texas is a very strong 14-1 straight up in their last fifteen games against Kansas. They are also 8-2 over their last ten games overall.
It is also worth noting that the weak spot on the Kansas defense is clearly their secondary, as they are giving up over 250 passing yards per game and are currently ranked outside of the top 100 teams in terms of passing yards allowed per game. Texas has one of the better passing offenses in the entire country, as they are currently averaging a very healthy 266.8 yards per game through the air (32nd overall). The Jayhawks only hope in this one is to rush the ball as effectively as they did last weekend, which I don’t see happening as the Longhorns will know exactly what to look for. I’m laying the 15 points and rolling with the road favorite – give me Texas.