Central Michigan Chippewas (1-0) at Kansas Jayhawks (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Lawrence)
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks -3.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Central Michigan Chippewas and Kansas Jayhawks meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Central Michigan Chippewas look for another victory after beating Rhode Island in three overtimes. The Central Michigan Chippewas have lost three straight road games. Shane Morris is completing 51 percent of his passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Morris now has one touchdown pass on 141 career pass attempts. Mark Chapman and Logan Hessbrook have combined for 140 receiving yards on 10 catches while Corey Willis has eight receptions. The Central Michigan Chippewas ground game is averaging 246 yards per contest, and Jonathan Ward leads the way with 147 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Central Michigan is allowing 27 points and 392 yards per game. Alex Briones leads the Central Michigan Chippewas with 11 tackles, Amari Coleman has one tackle for loss and Josh Cox has two interceptions.
The Kansas Jayhawks also look for a 2-0 start after beating Southeast Missouri State in their season opener, 38-16. The Kansas Jayhawks have lost four of their last six home games. Peyton Bender is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 364 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Bender now has seven touchdown passes on 128 career pass attempts. Steven Sims Jr. and Ben Johnson have combined for 232 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Jeremiah Booker has five receptions. The Kansas Jayhawks ground game is averaging 73 yards per contest, and Dom Williams leads the way with 41 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 16 points and 264 yards per game. Joe Dineen Jr. leads the Kansas Jayhawks with 15 tackles, Daniel Wise has one sack and Hasan Defense has two pass deflections.
The Chippewas are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games in September, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jayhawks are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games, 3-11-1 ATS in their last 15 games in September and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Jayhawks last 5 games in September.
Don't look now, but the Kansas Jayhawks have a chance to win two games in the first two weeks of the season, tying the win total the last two years combined. And you have to like their chances considering Central Michigan needed three overtimes at home to beat Rhode Island. The Jayhawks are experienced on both sides of the ball and are coming off a defensive performance in which they had seven tackles for loss and seven pass deflections. While it may not be big for other programs, this is a big game for Kansas to string back-to-back wins together and kind of feel like an FBS football team for once. I like their chances.