Kansas Jayhawks (0-1) at Baylor Bears (0-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7:30 pm (McLane Stadium)
The Line: Baylor Bears -18.5 -- Over/Under: 59 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Kansas Jayhawks and the Baylor Bears meet Saturday in college football action from McLane Stadium.
This will be Kansas’ second game of the young 2020 season. The Jayhawks played Coastal Carolina back on September 12, recoding a 38-23 loss and dropping to 0-1. As for Baylor, this will be their first activity on the gridiron this season. Last year, the Bears went 11-3 overall and 8-1 in the Big 12 Conference. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place.
The Jayhawks had a forgettable season in 2019, going just 3-9 overall and 1-8 in Big 12 Conference play. That finish put Kansas in dead last place in the standings and led to the firing of offensive coordinator Les Koenning. The Jayhawks have a 45-game losing streak in road conference games.
There aren’t really that many positives to take away from Kansas’ 38-23 loss to Coastal Carolina in their first game. The Jayhawks were down 28-3 at halftime, and though they scored 20 points in the second half Kansas didn’t really get close. Quarterback Miles Kendrick threw for 156 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Velton Gardner led the rush on 81 yards and a score.
Over on the Baylor side, they were supposed to play Houston last week, but that game was postponed due to virus concerns. Instead, the Bears will open their season here and attempt to build off a solid but ultimately unsatisfying 2019. Baylor recorded three losses in their final five games last year. Two of those were to Oklahoma—a November 16 matchup and a 30-23 OT loss in the Big 12 Championship game. The Bears’ final game was the Sugar Bowl against Georgia. Baylor really couldn’t get their offense going consistently in that one, and lost 26-14 to end the campaign on another sour note.
The Jayhawks are 9-3 ATS in their last 13 games following a straight-up loss and 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as a road underdog. Kansas is 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games following an ATS loss and 8-24-1 ATS in their last 33 games in September.
Meanwhile, the Bears are 5-0 ATS in their last five conference games and 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall. Baylor is 4-13-1 ATS versus a team with a losing record and 10-22-1 ATS in their last 33 games as a favorite.
Pick: I’m going with Baylor here. Granted, Kansas should be better in 2020; there aren’t really too many other directions to go but up. The Jayhawks have a pretty good arm in Kendrick, and some decent receiving options in guys like Kwamie Lassiter, Takulve Williams and Andrew Parchment. Baylor is anticipated to take a step back this year, but even with all things considered the Bears should be several steps ahead of the Jayhawks in 2020.