Most Big 12 teams are off this week, but the West Virginia Mountaineers will host the Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday. West Virginia has started the year 2-1 as they look to get back to their old heights while Les Miles' Jayhawks are a pitiful 0-3. Oddsmakers have West Virginia as a three-touchdown favorite for this one, which will be televised by FOX.
Kansas Struggling MightilyTo say the 2020 season has been a disaster for the Kansas Jayhawks so far would be a pretty big disappointment. There was an initial burst of excitement when high profile former LSU coach Les Miles took the job before last season, but that faded pretty quickly after he went 3-9. Things have been even worse this time around, as they enter this one at 0-3. One of the losses was by 15 points to a Sun Belt team in Coastal Carolina, and their two conference losses were by at least 33 points each. Clearly, they're susceptible to blowout losses.
They once again look like the doormat of the Big 12, and there isn't very much light at the end of the tunnel with this program. Miles also, unfortunately,came down with COVID-19 recently, so the Jayhawks will be without their head coach for this one. In their last game out, they lost by 40 points at home to Oklahoma State. The passing game has once again been virtually non-existent, as they're averaging just 4.8 yards per attempt as a team. The defense has been the bigger problem though, as they have now given up at least 38 points in all three of their games. Kansas is coming off a bye week but that might not be a good thing, as they're just 3-13 against the spread in their last 16 games following byes.
West Virginia Defense ImpressingWest Virginia knew they were going to need to retool when Will Grier and Dana Holgorsen left following the 2018 season, but their 5-7 2019 campaign was still a big disappointment. The Mountaineers are looking for a big bounce back this season, and so far things have been going pretty well. Their only loss was an understandable one on the road to a highly ranked Oklahoma State team, and they just beat Baylor in their most recent contest. When you think of West Virginia football you often think shootouts, but it has actually been the defense carrying the team so far. They only gave up 21 points against Baylor, despite the fact that the game went to double overtime.
Kansas can't pass the ball and is going to try to establish their ground game like always, but West Virginia allowed only 0.8 yards per rush attempt against Baylor. As such, they matchup pretty well with Kansas defensively. Mountaineers quarterback Jarret Doege has plenty of starting experience, but he's been up and down so far this season. West Virginia's offense hasn't reached their full potential yet, but they've got a good get-right spot here against a Kansas defense that can't stop anybody. The Mountaineers always play better at home, and they're 3-0-1 against the spread in their last four games as a home favorite.
- 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games as a home favorite
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a bye week
- 19-39-1 ATS in their last 59 road games
- 3-13 ATS in their last 16 games following a bye week
- 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games following a double-digit loss at home