Texas Longhorns (8-3) vs Kansas Jayhawks (3-8)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 12:00 PM
Location : David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Texas Longhorns vs Kansas Jayhawks
The Kansas Jayhawks return home to David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium for the regular season finale against the Texas Longhorns in a Big 12 clash, the opening kickoff is slated for 12:00 PM. Texas needs to win this weekend to secure a spot in the Big 12 championship while Kansas will be looking forward to the future with their new head coach.
Texas Longhorns's Latest Performance :
The Texas Longhorns got some help from the Oklahoma State Cowboys this past weekend as they put the Longhorns in prime position to make the Big 12 championship with a win this weekend. The Longhorns were one of the few teams that critics had getting upset this past weekend against Iowa State but Texas proved everyone wrong with an impressive win at home, 24-10. The Longhorns started the game with their traditional starting QB Sam Ehlinger who continued his great season with 137 yards and a TD through the air as well as an additional 32 yards and a TD on the ground but things got scary in Austin when the sophomore went down with an injury. Backup QB junior Shane Buechele came into the game and went a perfect 10 for 10 with 89 yards and a TD which gives fans hope moving forward. Ehlinger has been excellent all season for the Longhorns as he has thrown for 2670 yards, 21 TDs, and only 2 interceptions while also adding in 375 yards and 10 TDs on the ground. RB Tre Watson had a couple of solid runs on the game as he totaled 93 yards on 14 carries but starting RB Keaontay Ingram pitched in 12 carries for 57 yards while catching a TD. The Longhorns top WR Lil’Jordan Humphrey had yet another good game despite the QB change as he cracked the 1000-yard mark behind a 86 yard outing where he also caught his 8 TD of the season. LB Gary Johnson extended his tackle total to a team-high 74 tackles after he had 7 tackles and a sack against Iowa State while sophomore DB Chris Brown came down with his 1st interception of the season.
Kansas Jayhawks's Latest Performance :
The Kansas Jayhawks have been the laughing stock of division 1 football the last couple of years but things are looking up for this program after they made a splash on 11/18 in the head coaching market as they locked up Les Miles. The Jayhawks have shown some sort of fight this year and they played close to the Oklahoma Sooners on the road as they dropped the matchup 55-40. Senior QB Peyton Bender has been a solid game manager for the Jayhawks this season as he has thrown 12 TDs to only 2 interceptions and although he was unable to shred the Oklahoma secondary (167 yards) he didn’t commit a turnover. The reason that the Jayhawks were able to hang 40 points on the Sooners can be accredited to their ground attack as they gained over 348 yards. Freshmen RB Pooka Williams Jr. had a huge game for Kansas as he carried the ball 15 times for 252 yards and 2 TDs which gives him 1017 yards and 6 TDs on the season, Williams also threw a pass which he completed for a TD. Williams backup Khalil Herbert also quietly put together a nice performance as he racked up 64 yards and 2 TDs. Williams Jr. should benefit the most out of anyone in terms of the Les Miles hire as there have been some good RBs to go through LSU in his tenure. The top WR for the Jayhawks was senior Jeremiah Booker as he brought down 5 passes for 55 yards and a TD. The Jayhawks defense will need improvement next season but redshirt senior LB Joe Dineen Jr. continued his good season with 14 tackles while Shakial Taylor came down with an interception.
How Texas Longhorns & Kansas Jayhawks Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Texas is 4-5-1 ATS, 1-2 ATS on the road.
Kansas is 5-5 ATS, 2-3 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Texas ranks 38th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 33.2 PPG while Kansas ranks 110th as they score an average of 22.9 PPG.
Texas ranks 68th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 27.5 PPG while Kansas ranks 74th as they hold opponents to an average of 28.1 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Texas Longhorns
My reason for the pick :
I will be siding with the team who has more to play for in this game as the Longhorns are starting the Big 12 championship in the face while Kansas is looking forward to next year when they have Les Miles at the helm. The Longhorns don’t know the fate of their starting QB but if Iowa State was any indication of the backup there should be no reason for Texas not to continue their success. The Longhorns defense showed the ability to amp up the pressure last week against Iowa State and I expect some of the same results here against a worse offense. Take the Longhorns to stomp into Kansas and come out with a big win.
Betting trends for Texas Longhorns:
- Texas is 4-3-1 ATS in Big 12 matchups this season.
Betting trends for Kansas Jayhawks:
- Kansas is 5-2 ATS after a loss this season.