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College Football Betting Preview: Texas Longhorns vs. Kansas Jayhawks

September 30, 2023


The best matchup in the Big 12 will take place on Saturday afternoon when the undefeated Kansas Jayhawks travel to take on the undefeated Texas Longhorns. Both teams enter this matchup with a record of 4-0, however, the Longhorns have had the tougher schedule to this point of the season. Will the Jayhawks keep the game closer than Vegas projects or will the Longhorns win in a rout at home? Let’s take a look at how these teams have fared this season. 

The Kansas Jayhawks enter this game ranked 24th in the AP Poll and 24th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 4-0 following a 38-27 win at home against the BYU Cougars while covering the 9-point spread as a home favorite in week 4 of the college football season. Kansas scored 38 points while compiling a total of 351 yards offensively which included 130 passing yards and 221 rushing yards while allowing 27 points and 366 total yards defensively which included 357 passing yards and 9 rushing yards. Jalon Daniels led the team in passing, completing 14 of 19 attempts for 130 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 54 yards. Devin Neal led the team in rushing with 17 carries for 91 yards while adding three receptions for 14 yards. Lawrence Arnold led the team in receiving, catching four of five targets for 34 yards.

Texas enters this game ranked 3rd in the AP Poll and 5th in the Coaches Poll with a record of 4-0 following a 38-6 win on the road against the Baylor Bears while covering the 17.5-point spread as a road favorite in week 4 of the college football season. The Longhorns scored 38 points while compiling 503 total yards offensively which included 328 passing yards and 175 rushing yards while allowing 6 points and 365 total yards defensively which included 305 passing yards and 60 rushing yards. Quinn Ewers led the team in passing, completing 18 of 23 attempts for 293 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 16 yards and a touchdown. Jonathan Brooks led the team in rushing with 18 carries for 106 yards and two touchdowns while adding a reception for 18 yards. Ja’Tavion Sanders led the team in receiving, catching five of eight targets for 110 yards.

BookMaker has the Texas Longhorns listed as 16.5-point favorites at home against the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday afternoon in week 5 of the college football season. Texas has won eight of the last ten and two of the last three games while the Jayhawks are 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three contests in the series. Kansas is 2-2 ATS overall, 0-1 ATS on the road, and 1-0 ATS in conference games this season while the Texas Longhorns are 2-2 ATS overall, 0-2 ATS at home, 1-2 ATS as a favorite, and 1-0 ATS in conference games on the year.

Texas enters this game as the higher-ranked team and has been the better team in the series, winning eight of the last ten and two of the last three matchups. However, the Jayhawks have been the better team at covering the spread in the series, going 7-3 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games. As a result, I am buying the .5 point and taking the Kansas Jayhawks +17 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Spooky Express Pick: Kansas Jayhawks +17