Baylor at Kansas - 9/18/21 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Kansas Jayhawks (1-1) vs Baylor Bears (2-0)
Game Info: Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 3:30 pm (Kivisto Field at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Kansas Jayhawks +16.5 -- Over/Under: 51 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Baylor Bears will travel to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium to take on the Kansas Jayhawks this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Baylor Bears improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Texas Southern Tigers, 66-7, this past Saturday. Baylor had no trouble taking care of business against the overmatched Tigers and easily cruised to victory in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 42-0 lead. Baylor outgained Texas Southern by a 714-281 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bears was QB Gerry Bohanon who completed 17 of 23 passes for 247 yards & 3 TD.
On the season, Baylor is averaging 47.5 ppg on 553.5 total yards per game (221.5 passing yds/g; 332.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Baylor has been led by the backfield duo of Trestan Ebner (30 att, 245 yards) & Abram Smith (31 att, 244 yards, 4 TD). QB Gerry Bohanon has completed 68.1% of his passes for 395 yards & 3 TD. The top receiving threats for the Bears have been Tyquan Thornton (10 rec, 149 yards, 2 TD), R.J. Sneed (8 rec, 132 yards), Trestan Ebner (5 rec, 64 yards, TD), & Josh Fleeks (3 rec, 42 yards).
Defensively, Baylor is holding their opponents to an average of 13.5 ppg on 258.0 total yards per game (138.0 passing yds/g; 120.0 rushing yds/g).
The Kansas Jayhawks dropped to 0-2 on the season after being defeated by the 17th ranked Costal Carolina Chanticleers, 49-42, this past Friday night. Kansas played Costal Carolina tough early in this one and even held a 9-7 lead at the end of the 1st quarter, however, the Jayhawks defense struggled the rest of the way and could not fight back after a 19-yard TD run by the Chanticleers Reese White gave Costal Carolina a 35-22 lead midway through the 3rd quarter. Kansas didn’t commit any turnovers, however, the Jayhawks were outgained by Costal Carolina by a 460-412 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Jayhawks was QB Jason Bean who completed 12 of 23 passes for 189 yards while also rushing for 102 yards & 2 TD’s on 13 carries.
On the season, Kansas is averaging 19.5 ppg on 328.5 total yards per game (200.5 passing yds/g; 128.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Kansas has been led by QB Jason Bean who has completed 58.0% of his passes for 352 yards & 2 TD’s while also leading the Jayhawks in rushing with 154 yards & 2 TD’s on 238 carries. Also in the backfield with the Jayhawks is the duo of Velton Gardner (27 att, 52 yards) & Devin Neal (12 att, 41 yards, TD). The top receiving threats for the Jayhawks have been Kwamie Lassiter II (9 rec, 97 yards), Trevor Wilson (6 rec, 89 yards), Luke Grimm (5 rec, 75 yards), & Lawrence Arnold (4 rec, 70 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, Kansas is allowing their opponents to average 31.5 ppg on 361.5 total yards per game (171.5 passing yds/g; 190.0 rushing yds/g).
The Bears are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Jayhawks are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games overall and 1-9 ATS in their last 10 games as an underdog.
Kansas played a bit better than I expected against Coastal Carolina, however, this is still a very bad football team which is going to run into trouble against a Baylor defense that should give Jason Bean and the Jayhawks trouble. Baylor had no trouble defeating Kansas last season (47-14) and as I expect the Bears offense to be able to run at will against the Jayhawks defense in this one, I think Baylor wins this one by 20+ and covers this spread. Good Luck!
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