Kansas vs. Baylor - 11/4/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kansas vs. Baylor - 11/4/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by USA TODAY Sports

Baylor Bears (0-8) at Kansas Jayhawks (1-7)

College Football: Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Lawrence)

The Line: Kansas Jayhawks +10 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks meet Saturday in college football action at the Memorial Stadium.

The Baylor Bears are still looking for their first win of the season after a brutal 0-8 record. The Baylor Bears have lost six straight road games. Zach Smith is completing 52.6 percent of his passes for 1,458 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Smith has zero touchdown passes and two interceptions in his last three games. Denzel Mims and Chris Platt have combined for 1,128 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns while Pooh Stricklin has 23 receptions. The Baylor Bears ground game is averaging 121.1 yards per contest, and John Lovett leads the way with 405 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Baylor is allowing 39.5 points and 503.3 yards per game. Clay Johnston leads the Baylor Bears with 54 tackles, Ira Lewis has 3.5 sacks and Henry Black has one interception. 

The Kansas Jayhawks also need a feel good victory here to snap a seven-game losing streak. The Kansas Jayhawks have lost four straight home games. Peyton Bender is completing 54.4 percent of his passes for 1,429 yards, eight touchdowns and nine interceptions. Bender and Carter Stanley have combined for nine touchdown passes and 11 interceptions this season. Steven Sims Jr. and Ben Johnson have combined for 939 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Jeremiah Booker has 21 receptions. The Kansas Jayhawks ground game is averaging 113.5 yards per contest, and Khalil Herbert leads the way with 544 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 42.8 points and 458 yards per game. Joe Dineen Jr. leads the Kansas Jayhawks with 97 tackles, Daniel Wise has four sacks and Mike Lee has two interceptions.

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The Bears are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games, 1-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games overall. The Jayhawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November, 9-19 ATS in their last 28 games following a straight up loss and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings, the home team is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 meetings and the favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings. 

This is going to be Baylor's best chance to get a victory this season, but even as bad as Kansas is, nobody ever wants to be the first team to lose to the team that can't win a game. You can make a case for the Jayhawks and the points here as more of a fade from Baylor than anything else. However, Baylor isn't your typical winless team, as the Bears have lost 50 percent of their games by eight or less points. Majority of those games have come against teams far more talented than Kansas. The Jayhawks struggles are well documented, and all seven of their losses have been by double digits. I wouldn't touch this game with a 10-foot pole, but Baylor is the better team here by a mile.

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Randy’s Pick Baylor Bears -10

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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