I like the Jayhawks here for a multitude of reasons. Texas could be without 10 of its regulars on Saturday. Defensive backs Caden Sterns, Jalen Green and Josh Thompson remain sidelined. Wide receiver Collin Johnson entered concussion protocol, while senior linebacker Jeffrey McCulloch suffered a dislocated shoulder. There are others to mention, including defensive end Malcolm Roach, who will miss the first half due to an ejection against Oklahoma. So a Jayhawks first half bet also deserves a look in this Kansas vs Texas matchup on Saturday.
Further, Les Miles fired his offensive coordinator on Oct. 6 and hired Brent Dearmon during the bye week. Dearmon will likely be bringing in the run/pass option, which should spark the Kansas Jayhawks offense. The timing is good, too, as Texas ranks 50th in opponent rush success and 74th in rushing yards allowed per attempt. Not only has Kansas been strong at finishing drives this season, ranking 20th in red-zone scoring percentage, but the Jayhawks also are solid defensively when they are backed up, ranking 26th in red-zone scoring percentage allowed.
Look for the Rock Chalk Jayhawks to surprise this Saturday against a severely banged up Texas team combined with a revitalized offensive game plan.
Final Analysis: Texas is dealing with a multitude of injuries, it’s a bad spot and the combined offensive and defensive stats reveal this game could be closer than Vegas predicts.
Saturday's Free Winner : Kansas Jayhawks +22
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