The Kansas Jayhawks (8-4) face off against the UNLV Rebels (9-4) on Tuesday, December 26th. This game will be played at Chase Field in Phoenix and televised on ESPN. Kansas is coming off a win in their previous game, while UNLV is looking to get back on track from a loss to the Boise State. Kickoff is set for 9:00 ET.
Kansas Jayhawks vs UNLV Rebels
The Kansas Jayhawks Are Coming Off A Win
The Jayhawks are looking to ride the momentum of their convincing 49-16 win over Cincinnati. In Kansas’ recent win, quarterback Jason Bean not only tossed two touchdowns but also rushed for two touchdowns. Throughout the game, he threw for a total of 250 yards while achieving a completion rate of 76.5%.
When looking at how their game played out from a betting perspective, their combined 65 points resulting in the over hitting. The over/under line going into the game was 58.5. Kansas also covered the spread as 7.5-point favorites.
With a 8-4 record, the Kansas Jayhawks take on UNLV. Their road record so far is (3-2) and at home (4-2).
Kansas has gone into six games as the favorite this season and five games as the underdog. Their ATS record is currently 7-4. Kansas has an over/under record of 5-5-1 so far this season. On average their games have combined for 59.3 points with the average over/under line being 59 points.
The UNLV Rebels Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Against Boise State, the Rebels trailed by -14 going into the 4th quarter and ended up losing by a score of 44-20. Quarterback Jayden Maiava threw the ball 29 times vs. Boise State and finished with 166 passing yards on a completion percentage of 51.7%. He did also end up throwing two interceptions in the loss.
Not only did UNLV lose straight-up in this matchup, but they also lost vs. the spread as 2-point underdogs. Combining for 64 points, the teams exceeded the line of 61.5 points.
So far, the UNLV Rebels are 9-4, including going 4-2 on the road and 4-2 at home.
UNLV’s average scoring differential for the season is +7.3 leading to an ATS mark of 9-3. The Rebels have been favored six times and the underdog in six games In 13 games played, the average over/under line for UNLV’s games has been set at 55.3 points. These contests have seen an average combined score of 61.3 points, resulting in an OU record of 8-4.
Kansas Offense Breakdown
The Jayhawks’ offense is set to face UNLV while averaging 212.6 rushing yards per game and 5 yards per attempt. In the national rankings, they currently stand at 11th for rushing yards and 71st for passing yards, with an average of 222.7 yards per matchup. Overall, Kansas is putting up 33.6 points per game, which is 30th nationally.
With 1681 passing yards and a completion percentage of 61.4%, quarterback Jason Bean leads the team in passing. His average yards per pass attempt stands at 9.8.
UNLV Offense Breakdown
UNLV’s offense has put up an average of 34.3 points per game, placing them 17th in the NCAA rankings. Through the air, they’ve gained 235.1 passing yards on average, ranking 48th in the nation. On the ground, they’re holding the 20th position in rushing yards, with 510 rushing attempts per game this season.
Jayden Maiava leads the team in passing yards this season with 2792. He’s averaged 13.9 per completion and holds a 63% completion rate, having thrown 14 touchdowns.
Kansas Team Defense
On defense, the Jayhawks defense has 26 sacks and are 1st in QB hurries. So far, teams are scoring 25.8 points per game against them (97th). In terms of pass defense, they’re ranked 67th in the NCAA, allowing 210.5 passing yards per game. Moreover, Kansas’ run defense is allowing 168.8 rushing yards per contest.
UNLV Team Defense
The Rebels’ defense has given up 165.4 rushing yards per game this season, which is 103rd. Opponents are recording an average of 238.7 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks come in with a passer rating of 89.6 when playing against UNLV. In terms of points allowed, they currently sit 32nd in NCAA rankings.
Kansas vs UNLV Trends
- Kansas’ five most recent games vs. the spread has seen them go 2-3 against the spread.
- UNLV’s ATS record at home (last three) is 3-0.
- UNLV is 2-1 in their last three games as underdogs.
- Kansas are 2-3 in their last five games as favorites.
So far in this season, the Kansas offense has been impressive in moving the chains on third down. I anticipate them keeping up this efficiency against UNLV. My pick on the spread is Kansas at -11.5.
With the over/under line set at 64.5, I’m going with the under. So far this season, games involving Kansas have averaged 59.3 points per game, and I expect this game to stay below 64.5.
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