The Baylor Bears will travel to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to take on the Kansas Jayhawks in a Big-12 Conference matchup. The Bears are a perfect 2-0 record as they are coming off a 66-7 home win against Texas Southern Tigers and junior quarterback Gerry Bohanon finished the game going 17-of-23 for 247 yards with three touchdowns.
The Jayhawks are 1-1 and are coming off a 49-22 road loss against the 17th-ranked Coastal Carolina Chanticleers and junior quarterback Jason Bean had an average game as he went 12-of-23 for 189 yards without a touchdown or interception.
These programs have different expectations this season so it will be interesting to see how the Baylor Bears and Kansas Jayhawks matchup against one another. Let’s take a deeper dive into these teams to determine where we should be betting here.
Seniority MattersThe Baylor Bears have to run the ball well to have a solid offensive approach and senior running back Trestan Ebner carries most of the load. So far this season, he has 30 carries for 245 yards (8.2 yards per carry) without a rushing touchdown while also catching five passes for 64 yards and a touchdown reception. He had a solid game last week against Texas Southern as he finished with 10 attempts for 125 yards (12.5 yards per carry) while having four catches for 70 yards and a receiving touchdown. If Ebner can figure out how to run as well as he has been this season, it will do wonders for the Bears.
The Baylor Bears have been doing very well this season as they are allowing 13.5 points per game so far. Looking at their last game against the Texas Southern Tigers, they gave up seven points on 281 total yards of offense (120 passing, 161 rushing). The defense was solid at forcing the offense into tough situations as the Tigers went just 3-of-12 on third down and 0-of-3 on fourth down. If the Bears can figure out how to improve even more here, they will be extremely difficult to defeat.
Dual-Threat QuarterbackThe Kansas Jayhawks need a rusher to step up as their quarterback Jason Bean has been leading the rushing game for the team as well. He is 29-of-49 for 352 yards with a pair of touchdowns passing and ran 28 times for 156 yards (5.6 rushing yards per carry) with a pair of touchdowns. In their previous game against the Chanticleers, Bean ran 13 times for 102 yards (7.8 yards per carry) with a pair of rushing touchdowns. If he can run as well as he has been, it will be great for the Jayhawks.
The Kansas Jayhawks have been struggling a bit this season as they are currently giving up 31.5 points per game so far. Looking back at last week’s game against Coastal Carolina, they allowed 49 points on 460 total yards of offense (245 passing, 215 rushing). They need to improve at their passing defense as Chanticleers quarterback Grayson McCall went 17-of-21 and finished with 11.7 yards per pass. If they can figure out a way to be better against the passing attack, they will be even better than they have been.
- Baylor: 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf
- Baylor: 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 games as a road favorite