In most college football seasons, Kansas University tends to play like an Xbox opponent with the difficulty set to “freshman.” In 2017, however, their level of athleticism can’t even cover the cosmetics. The Jayhawks are slow in pursuit, a step behind opposing WRs, and uncomfortable when on offense. KU seems to be bottoming-out as a program and has not beaten an FBS team all year.
But Kansas is hosting the Baylor Bears this week, a team that hasn’t beaten anybody.
Whereas KU’s losing is simple mathematics (less-accomplished athletes playing in a Power-5 conference) Baylor is harder to figure out. The Bears, a rebuilding-from-scratch program, have had wild success on the field at times in ’17…just never for 4 quarters, and never enough to improve their 0-8 record.
How does the bettor predict a battle of total light-weights? Fortunately, the books are making it easy with an inflated point-spread.
Kansas was in the pits against the meat of their conference schedule in the Big Ten, getting shut-out on consecutive weeks. But their performance against K-State was encouraging. Carter Stanley passed for 400+ yards, and the team rushed for a TD in the 30-20 loss.
Yes, Bill Snyder’s Wildcats are down this season, and seem ready to move on to 2018. But 400-anything yards on anybody is a big step for the Jayhawks.
Baylor’s WR corps has looked athletic and dangerous at times. But nothing else about the team has clicked. The Bears lost to a limping Texas team 38-7 last weekend, trying 2 different QBs and rushing for a grand total of 49 yards on 36 carries. Bad blocking, and low motivation to improve up-front.
We’re liking Kansas ATS, and the Jayhawks have at least a 40% chance to win straight-up. This is the type of unit KU can have success against – a porous defense and a flawed offensive scheme.