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Guaranteed Rate Bowl Betting Preview: Kansas Jayhawks vs. UNLV Rebels
December 26, 2023
The 2023 Guaranteed Rate Bowl will take place on Tuesday, December 26
, and will feature the Kansas Jayhawks playing the UNLV Rebels in Phoenix, Arizona at Chase Field with the game kicking off at 9:00 PM ET on Tuesday night and will air on ESPN.
The Kansas Jayhawks enter this game with a record of 8-4 which led to a 7
-place finish in the Big 12 Conference which included a 49-16 win on the road against the Cincinnati Bearcats in their season finale.
The success this season for the Jayhawks can be attributed to their offensive play as they enter this game averaging 33.58 points per game and had one of the best-rushing offenses in the nation as they enter this game averaging the 8
most rushing yards per game with an average of 211.33 rushing yards per game. Devin Neal played a pivotal role in the success the offense had this season as he leads the team in rushing with 1,209 yards and 15 touchdowns while adding 24 receptions for 214 yards and a touchdown.
The defense was average as they enter this game allowing an average of 25.75 points per game which is the same as the national average. The Kansas Jayhawks will look to build off the momentum following the win in their season finale against the Cincinnati Bearcats when they play the UNLV Rebels.
The UNLV Rebels finished in 2
place in the Mountain West with a record of 9-4, however, they lost in the Mountain West Championship game against the Boise State Broncos by a score of 20-44 which extended their losing streak to two games to end the regular season. The Rebels featured one of the highest-scoring offenses in college football this season as they enter this game averaging 34.31 points per game which ranks 23
in the nation.
The Rebels also featured an above-average rushing offense that averaged 180.69 rushing yards per game while Vincent Davis Jr. and Jai’Den Thomas formed one of the better running back duos in college football as they combined for 1,225 yards and 18 touchdowns this season. The UNLV Rebels will look to end their two-game losing streak when they play the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2023 Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday night.
BookMaker has the Kansas Jayhawks listed as 12.5-point favorites
against the UNLV Rebels in the 2023 Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday night. The teams are 1-1 all-time in the series with the last matchup having occurred in the 2003 season and resulted in a 46-24 win at home for the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks are 2-0 ATS all-time in the series.
The Kansas Jayhawks are 7-5 ATS overall and 3-4 ATS as a favorite this season while the UNLV Rebels are 10-3 ATS overall and 5-1 ATS as an underdog on the year.
UNLV enters this game with a slightly better record and has been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 10-3 ATS overall and 5-1 ATS as an underdog while the Jayhawks are 7-5 ATS overall and 3-4 ATS as a favorite which is why I am buying the .5 point and taking the points with the UNLV Rebels when they play the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2023 Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday night.
Spooky Express Pick: UNLV Rebels +13
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