Kansas Jayhawks vs. Texas Longhorns CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Texas Longhorns (1-2) at Kansas Jayhawks (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks +14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
The Texas Longhorns and Kansas Jayhawks play Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The Texas Longhorns look to snap back-to-back losses, as their offense is pretty much nonexistent right now. The Longhorns have scored a combined 24 points in their last two games and they’re converting just 27.2 percent of third down attempts. Oddly enough, the problem isn’t at quarterback, as Tyrone Swoopes has done a solid job in replacing David Ash, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and an interception. The issue is a Texas ground game that’s averaging just 3.5 yards per carry and an offensive line that’s given up seven sacks in three games. Unless Texas takes the handcuffs completely off of Swoopes, it’s tough to imagine the Longhorns offense improving, which of course isn’t going to result in many wins. Defensively, the Texas Longhorns are allowing 323.3 yards per game and have forced seven turnovers and 13 sacks. Jordan Hicks leads the Longhorns with 37 tackles and Malcom Brown has 3.5 sacks.
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The Kansas Jayhawks are already one win away from matching last year’s win total. The Jayhawks actually have a solid running game going for them, as they’re averaging 4.6 yards per carry and are led by a duo in Corey Avery and De'Andre Mann that has produced more than 400 rushing yards. A successful ground game has taken a lot of pressure off of Montell Cozart to make plays, as he’s completing just 54.8 percent of his passes and has three interceptions to five touchdown passes. While Kansas is a one dimensional offense, its ground game has produced 19 plays of 10 or more yards and helps the Jayhawks slow the game down. Defensively, the Kansas Jayhawks are allowing 403.7 yards per game and forced six turnovers and four sacks. Ben Heeney leads the Jayhawks with 33 tackles and Jake Love has five tackles for loss.
The Longhorns are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Jayhawks are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Longhorns are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
I'd stay away from this game at all possible with the way the Longhorns have been playing this season. However, for the sake of the article, the Texas Longhorns are by far the more talented team in this matchup and should win rather easily. Of course, nothing has been easy for Texas so far, so take that with a grain of salt.