West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas Jayhawks CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 10/4/14
Kansas Jayhawks (2-2) at West Virginia Mountaineers (2-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Mountaineer Field at Milan Puskar Stadium)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -25 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports Net
The Kansas Jayhawks and West Virginia Mountaineers meet Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium.
The Kansas Jayhawks fell to 2-2 on the season and decided to fire Charlie Weis at head coach and make defensive coordinator Clint Bowen the interim coach for the remainder of the season. The Jayhawks actually have themselves a solid 1-2 punch at running back in De'Andre Mann and Corey Avery, a duo that has produced more than 500 yards and a touchdown. The problem is that the Jayhawks are usually trailing big in all of their games when makes the running game less effective later in games. Throwing the ball isn’t Kansas’ biggest strength, as Montell Cozart is completing just 50.4 percent of his passes for seven interceptions and five touchdowns. Senior receiver Tony Pierson has 155 receiving yards and 124 rushing touchdowns and two total touchdowns. Defensively, the Kansas Jayhawks are allowing 385 yards per game and have forced seven turnovers and six sacks. Ben Heeney leads the Jayhawks with 43 tackles and Jake Love has five tackles for loss.
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The West Virginia Mountaineers have had two weeks to overcome their loss to the Oklahoma Sooners and hope to get their first conference win since November 2 of last season. West Virginia is one of the more prolific passing offenses in the country led by quarterback Clint Trickett, who is completing 72 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and three interceptions, while Kevin White has 42 catches for 633 yards and three touchdowns. West Virginia has won 11 of their last 17 games when passing for more than 350 yards. The Mountaineers ground game has been disappointing this season, as Rushel Shell has 267 yards and three touchdowns and the team is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Defensively, the West Virginia Mountaineers are allowing 404.3 yards per game and have forced three turnovers and six sacks. Karl Joseph leads West Virginia with 35 tackles and Nick Kwiatkoski has four tackles for loss.
The Jayhawks are 6-19-1 ATS in their last 26 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Mountaineers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games following a bye week.
Kansas doesn't have an offense or defense to make this game remotely competitive and now has a new head coach and distractions to deal with. West Virginia should have no problem by winning this game by 30 points or so.