Kansas Jayhawks (0-2) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 26, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -12.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Kansas Jayhawks and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Kansas Jayhawks are looking for their first victory and coming off a bye week. Montell Cozart is completing 57.6 percent of his passes for 409 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Cozart has one touchdown pass in his last five games. Tre' Parmalee and Darious Crawley have combined for more than 160 receiving yards while Kent Taylor has a touchdown reception. The Kansas Jayhawks ground game is averaging 239.5 yards per contest, and Ke'aun Kinner leads the way with 270 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Kansas is allowing 48 points and 557 yards per game. Fish Smithson leads the Jayhawks with 17 tackles, Ben Goodman, Jr. has 3.5 sacks and Brandon Stewart has a forced fumble.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights need a victory to snap a two-game losing streak. Chris Laviano is completing 72 percent of his passes for 593 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Laviano has thrown four picks in his last four games. Leonte Carroo and Janarion Grant have combined for more than 270 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Andre Patton has six receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 177.3 yards per contest, and Josh Hicks leads the way with 258 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 26 points and 408.7 yards per game. Steve Longa leads the Scarlet Knights with 26 tackles, Andre Hunt has a sack and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions.
The Jayhawks are 3-7 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 7-23-1 ATS in their last 31 road games. The Scarlet Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 3-8 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
Rutgers has at least shown some sign of life this season. Kansas has lost 10 of its last 11 games and much of those contests haven't even been close. We're talking about a Jayhawks team that lost to South Dakota State. While I'm not high on the Scarlet Knights, it certainly beats expecting Kansas to keep this game interesting.