West Virginia Mountaineers (5-4) at Kansas Jayhawks (0-10)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 21, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Kansas Jayhawks +28 -- Over/Under:
The West Virginia Mountaineers and Kansas Jayhawks square off Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
The West Virginia Mountaineers become bowl eligible for the fifth time in six years with a win. Skyler Howard is completing 56.9 percent of his passes for 1,997 yards, 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Howard has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Shelton Gibson and Jovon Durante have combined for 914 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Daikiel Shorts Jr. has 26 receptions. The West Virginia Mountaineers ground game is averaging 224. yards per contest, and Wendell Smallwood leads the way with 1,119 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, West Virginia is allowing 27.6 points and 426.3 yards per game. Nick Kwiatkoski leads the Mountaineers with 62 tackles, Daryl Worley has four interceptions and Noble Nwachukwu has 6.5 sacks. Jared Barber, Jeremy Tyler and Terrell Chestnut are questionable.
The Kansas Jayhawks need a win to snap a 13-game losing streak. Ryan Willis is completing 54.1 percent of his passes for 1,377 yards, seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. Willis has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Tre' Parmalee and Steven Sims, Jr. have combined for 774 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Darious Crawley has 18 receptions. The Kansas Jayhawks ground game is averaging 117.3 yards per contest, and Ke'aun Kinner leads the way with 537 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 45.9 points and 573.7 yards per game. Fish Smithson leads the Jayhawks with 100 tackles, Ben Goodman, Jr. has 5.5 sacks and Marnez Ogletree has five pass deflections. Joshua Stanford, Damani Mosby and Bobby Hartzog are questionable.
The Mountaineers are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Jayhawks are 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
I know West Virginia can put up points and Kansas is terrible, but a four touchdown spread? Kansas just went on the road to TCU and lost by just six points. The Jayhawks are getting tired of losing and simply aren't going to roll over at home with this being their second to last game of the season. This is risky, but I almost have no choice but to side with four free touchdowns.