The Kansas Jayhawks (7-4) travel to face off against the Cincinnati Bearcats (3-8) on Saturday, November 25th. This game will be played at Nippert Stadium in Cincinnati and televised on ESPN2. Both Kansas and Cincinnati will be looking to bounce back from losses in their previous games. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 ET.
Kansas Jayhawks vs Cincinnati Bearcats
The Kansas Jayhawks Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Kansas is coming off a 31-27 loss to Kansas State and were unable to pull out a win in the 4th quarter as Kansas State outscored Kansas by seven in the final period. In their previous game, quarterback Cole Ballard attempted 16 passing attempts against Kansas State. He finished with 162 passing yards and a completion rate of 68.8%. Additionally, he threw two interceptions during the loss.
Going into the game, Kansas was 7.5-point underdogs and despite the straight-up loss, they did cover the spread. The team’s combined 58 points was not enough to surpass the over/under line of 59.5.
This season, the Kansas Jayhawks are currently 7-4. So far this season, they have played four road games and six at home.
Against the spread, Kansas has gone 6-4 this season. The Jayhawks have been favored five times compared to five games as the underdog. In 11 games played, the average over/under line for Kansas’ games has been set at 59.1 points. These contests have seen an average combined score of 58.8 points, resulting in an OU record of 4-5-1.
The Cincinnati Bearcats Look To Bounce Back From A Loss
Against West Virginia, the Bearcats trailed by -28 going into the 4th quarter and ended up losing by a score of 42-21. Against West Virginia, Emory Jones not only threw for two touchdowns but also ran for one touchdown. He concluded with 166 passing yards and a completion rate of 58.3%.
Cincinnati and West Virginia combined for 63 points in the game, which was enough to surpass the over/under line of 52.5 points. In addition to losing straight-up, Cincinnati did not cover the spread as 5-point underdogs.
The Cincinnati Bearcats take on the Kansas with a 3-8 record, including 2-3 on the road and 0-4 at home.
So far, Cincinnati has been favored two times and the underdog in six games. This has led to an ATS record of 3-6 and an average scoring differential of -3.5. Through 11 games, the average over/under line in Cincinnati’s games is 50.7 points. Their games have averaged a combined 53.1 points leading to an OU record of 5-4.
Kansas Offense Breakdown
The Jayhawks’ offense is gearing up to take on Cincinnati, with an average of 203.5 rushing yards per game and an 5 yards per attempt. In the college football rankings, they are currently in 13th place for rushing yards and 72nd place for passing yards, accumulating an average of 220.2 yards per contest. Kansas’ overall scoring average is at 32.2 points per game, placing them 31st rank nationally.
This season, Jason Bean has thrown for 1431 yards while maintaining an average of 15.6 per completion. His completion percentage stands at 59.7%, and he’s recorded 10 touchdowns.
Cincinnati Offense Breakdown
The Bearcats are currently ranked 9th in college football with 473 rushing attempts per game. In terms of rush yards, they are at 216.8 rushing yards per game, which is 8th in the nation. Looking at their production in the passing game, they are averaging 29.9 attempts per game and gain an average of 217.9 passing yards. Overall, they hold the 67th spot with 24.8 points per game.
Emory Jones is the top passer for the team this season, with 2115 yards and an average of 11.6 per completion. His completion rate is 61.7%, and he’s thrown 17 touchdowns.
Kansas Team Defense
Looking at this week’s game, the Kansas defense stands at 106th in points allowed, permitting 26.6 points on average per game. So far, opposing teams have managed 219.5 passing yards per game against them (86th). On the ground, they’re conceding 163.2 rushing yards, ranking them 106th in college football.
Cincinnati Team Defense
So far this season, the Bearcats’ defense has given up 165.9 rushing yards per game against the run (98th). Opponents are averaging 223.6 passing yards and opposing quarterbacks have a passer rating of 90.4 against Cincinnati. In terms of points allowed, they are 38th in the NCAA.
Kansas vs Cincinnati Trends
- Kansas’ three most recent games vs. the spread has seen them go 1-2 against the spread.
- At home, Cincinnati has gone 2-3 against the spread (last five).
- Looking back at the last ten times Cincinnati went into a game as the underdog, their ATS mark was 3-7.
- Kansas are 1-2 in their last three games as favorites.
For this matchup, I’m liking Kansas to cover at -6. Kansas is coming off a game in which they ran the ball well vs. Kansas State and should carry that momentum in this week’s game. Before kickoff i’ll be taking Kansas on the spread.
I’m taking the under with the current over/under line at 58.5. Throughout the season, games involving Cincinnati have averaged 53.1 points per game, and I anticipate this game will not exceed 58.5.
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