Saturday evening on the college gridiron and we will see a pair of teams from the Big 12 Conference square off as the Kansa Jayhawks grapple with the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Kansas enters this game at 1-6 on the year while the Cowboys come in at 6-1. These teams met a year ago and Oklahoma State won that game on the road by a score of 47-7.
The Jayhawks Are A Very Bad TeamI probably didn't have to tell you that, though. Kansas started their season with just a three-point win over an FCS school and it has been all downhill since then as they have lost their last six games in a row. Kansas allowed just 14 points in the win over South Dakota but they have allowed 35 points or more in each of their last six games, allowing an average of 46.8 ppg over that stretch. The Jayhawks are 123rd in the nation in total defense, 66th against the pass, 127th against the run, and 127th in points allowed, giving up 42.1 ppg on the year. Having said all that, they played very well in their last game which was a 35-23 loss to Oklahoma. Kansas had a 10-0 lead at the half in that game and they were dogs of 38 points. It was clearly their best game against an FBS foe this year.
The Jayhawks outgained Oklahoma 412-398 in the contest, but they did allow 220 yards rushing to the Sooners and that could be a problem here as the Cowboys do have a decent ground attack. It's no question that Kansas will give up points in this one, but can they score enough to keep it close. Kansas had a good offensive showing last week, but they will be taking on a much tough defense in this one. Kansas is 106th in passing and 79th in rushing while scoring just 17.6 ppg, which is 123rd. Jason Bean threw for 246 yards and a TD against the Sooners and now has thrown for 1178 yards with six TDs and four INTs on the year. He will need to have a big game for Kansas to even entertain thoughts of an upset. He has a chance as the Cowboys have been very average against the pass.
Cowboys Suffer First Loss Of The YearThe Oklahoma State Cowboys have had a very good season so so far, but their quest for a perfect year came to an end last week as they lost 24-21 to Iowa State on the road. The Cowboys are now 6-1 on the year and they are still very much alive for a spot in the Big 12 title game. One thing about this Oklahoma State team is that they have been winning ugly as not one of their wins has been decided by more than 10 points. That includes just a seven-point home win over Missouri State from the FCS earlier in the year. Despite the 6-1 record, their average margin of victory is just 5.6 ppg, but they finally have a shot at breaking through win an easy win in this one. Still, can they cover the huge spread? Keep reading to find out.
The Cowboys have been led by their defense as they are 19th in total yards allowed, 60th against the pass, 12th against the run, and 30th in points allowed, giving up just 20.1 ppg. Their pass defense is a little vulnerable and if they struggle in that department, then Kansas does have a shot at keeping the game close. In their last game, they allowed Iowa state to throw for 307 yards. They will look to correct that here.
The offense for the Cowboys has been below average this year and they had just 332 yards of total offense against a tough Iowa State defense. They will not be facing a tough defense in this one, as Kansas has the worst defense in the league. Spencer Sanders has thrown for 1184 yards with nine TDs and five INTs on the year and he threw for 225 yards with three TDs and no INTs against the Cyclones. Jaylen Warren (781 yards rushing, 6 TDs) had just 76 yards against the Cyclones, but he should have a better game against a much weaker run defense. The Cowboys are 84th in passing, 73rd in rushing, and 87th in scoring, putting up just 25.7 ppg.
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- 12-3-1 ATS in their last 16 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game
- 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 36-16-1 ATS in their last 53 games in October
- 20-45-1 ATS in their last 66 road games
- 3-15 ATS in their last 18 games as an underdog
- 2-12 ATS in their last 14 games on fieldturf